Economic Sense and Nonsense: Reflections from Europe, 2008-2012

Economic Sense and Nonsense: Reflections from Europe, 2008-2012

by Anthony de Jasay, Hartmut Kliemt

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ISBN-13: 9781614872719
Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc.
Publication date: 06/04/2014
Series: Collected Papers of Anthony de Jasay
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 959,463
File size: 486 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface, by Anthony de Jasay p. xi

Part 1: To Spend or not to Spend? p. 1

1. To Spend or Not to Spend? p. 3
2. Who Is Afraid of the National Debt? p. 8
3. Two Cheers for Fiscal Austerity: Part 1 p. 13
4. Two Cheers for Fiscal Austerity: Part 2 p. 17
5. What Became of the Liquidity Trap? p. 22
6. The Archbishop and the Accountants p. 25
7. Two Ways, but Where To? p. 29
8. The Platinum Rule p. 34
9. A Fiscal Curb to Tame the State? p. 40
10. Can Sovereign Borrowing Be a Criminal Offense? p. 43

Part 2: The Third Way to Stability?

1. Greed, Need, Risk, and Regulation 49
2. Trudging Down the Third Way 59
3. Open Season on the Capitalist Free- for- All 63
4. Collective Choice at Work 66
5. Instinctive Blunders: Job Protection and Redistribution 70
6. In Fantasyland: The Stressless Economy 74
7. They Wanted a New Order 78

Part 3: The United States of Europe and America

1. The Foolish Quest for Stability 85
2. Europeans Know Better: The Atlantic Cleavage on  Financial Reform 89
3. Our Cherished Optimum Currency Area: Its Trials and Tribulations 93
4. Eurozone: It Seemed a Good Idea at the Time 98
5. Stone- Age Banking, Anti- Speculation, and Rescuing  the Euro 102
6. Butcher, Brewer, Baker, Banker: All Must Work by the  Golden Rule 106
7. Euramerica: A Safety- First Economy 110
8. Come and Get Caught in My Trap 114
9. The Use and Abuse of Taxes and Tax Havens 118
10. Russia’s Socialist Heritage 122
11. Oil, Gas, and Bluster 127  

Part 4: The Best of the Worst
1. The Best of the Worst: What Price Democracy? 137
2. Is Society a Great Big Insurance Company? 142
3. Incomes: Equalizing or Churning? 147
4. The Fat Cats, the Underdogs, and Social Justice 151
5. Equal Poverty, Unequal Affluence, p. 156
6. Topping Up Welfare 160
7. Is Society a Great Big Credit Card? Part 1 164
8. Is Society a Great Big Credit Card? Part 2 168
9. Class War by Judo 171

Part 5: Risks’ Return

1. Solvency and Liquidity: Some Financial “Crises” Are  More Critical Than Others 179
2. A Trillion- Dollar “Catastrophe”? 184
3. Bank Debt, Sovereign Debt, and the Dogs That Did  Not Bark 188
4. Is s&p a Wmd? 193
5. Ned Ludd, Handloom Weaving, and Franco- German  Moral Banking 197
6. Weeding Out the “Socially Not Useful” 201

Part 6: Cheap Talk as a Weapon  of Mass Destruction

1. Cheap Talk, a Weapon of Mass Destruction: Asset Values, Expectations, and the Apocalypse 207
2. We All Prefer Growth to Austerity 211
3. Micro, Macro, and Fantasy Economics 216
4. Negative Productivity
5. Finance in Parrot Talk, Part 1 224
6. Finance in Parrot Talk, Part 2 229
7. Finance in Parrot Talk, Part 3 232
8. Economics Textbooks: Teaching to Despise 236
9. The Bootstrap Theory of the Oil Price 240

Part 7: Better Economic Theory or Not?

1. Thank Heaven for an Inefficient Market: A Tale of Zombies and Speculators p. 245
2. Corruption, Parasitism, and the Abuse of Agency 249
3. The Demise of Gdp Is Premature 253
4. When Is a Change a Good Thing? 257
5. The Price of Everything 261
6. Enough Folly Is Enough 265
7. The Millstones of Egalitarianism, Part 1: Distributionism  by Facts of Life 268
8. The Millstones of Egalitarianism, Part 2: Ropemanship,  or the Morality of Distributions 274

Index 279

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