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Schumpeter

The Flea Market

A developer once told me that if you do a deal with someone that has fleas, your bound to get fleas. For example, Bear Stearns and AIG have fleas. I understand the fear-based argument for getting fleas, “We have no choice”. But borrowing more money to participate in the Flea Market can’t be our only choice. What if the “Free Markets” posed another choice? What if there was a much better way than borrowing more time and money just to get fleas (and these are big and scary fleas)? Continued »

The Only True Currency is Local

The larger the supply of a particular paper currency the more inefficient such trading capital inevitably becomes (i.e. trade regulations, bureaucracy, taxes, big goverment, armed forces, etc.). On the flip side, pure or liquid barter is the most efficient way of trade as the cost of “money” remains current with the actual trade, and debt levels remain linked to real assets (Schumpeter and Walrus describe such debt to asset links in their vision of Economic Equilibrium). As the Euro makes its way into Eastern European countries, those countries local economies will inevitably inflate and get more inefficeint; as rents and wages will increase proportionately as a function of the Euro’s relatively inflated value. Continued »