Sunday, August 22, 2010

Weekly Column - 08/21/2010

I'm not going to post the full article here, as I'm trying to encourage traffic to the site which is kind enough to allow me to write for them. However, the start of the column is posted below. Follow the link for the rest of it.

“[T]here is no shortage of historical examples to support the idea that even those who nominally subscribe to an empirical approach don’t hesitate to abandon their empiricism when the data doesn’t support their theories.” – Vox Day, The Return of the Great Depression

The first tipoff as to the inadequacy of the current economic models should have been the inability of any of the mainstream economists to detect the economic crisis that hit the US at the end of 2007 . It’s not true to say that no one predicted it; among others, Peter Schiff certainly did. But it is true to say that both the neo-Keynesians and the monetarists were caught completely unawares. Throughout 2007, the economic advisors of both parties continued to offer reassurances to the captain’s of the economy, blissfully oblivious to the coming iceberg.

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