Capitalism: Sovereign Debt, Quantitative Easing (QE) and the Vortex Economy

Exploring the Nature of Capitalism

Where Has All the Money Gone?

Winter has come; the last leaves have blown from the deciduous
trees; their bare branches are silhouetted against a threatening, grey sky. There is a chill wind blowing squalls across the property. The chores are done, it’s time to go inside, stoke up the fire and… ?

So here I am, sitting at my desk, trying to find a reason not to succumb to the common early winter depression to which human beings so easily fall prey. And this year that is not as easy as usual.

In the simplistic models to which too many politicians and economists are addicted, pumping money into the economy through financial institutions should result in increased lending at cheaper interest rates. This should stimulate both consumption and productive enterprise. That increased activity should result in:

  • job growth,
  • consequent reductions in unemployment rates,
  • generation of new wealth, itself recycling into the economy,
  • resulting in ‘a take-off into self-sustained economic growth’
  • and consequent communal and individual wellbeing.

It sounds so logical – inevitable even! Yet, it hasn’t happened!

Here we are, half way through 2012, and unemployment levels in
Western countries have grown, not shrunk. Investment has stalled. There are increasing numbers of destitute people thronging the highways and byways of our cities – and even our country towns.

Nations are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and banks are still under threat! And all this was supposed to have been prevented by the wide range of ‘stimulus packages’ devised by our brightest economists and implemented by compliant governments. What on earth has gone wrong?

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