I am not an economist. I am a business person and a stock trader. Oh, and I happen to be honest about what I see and have seen for many years going wrong in the macro global economy. And I am talking decades, going back to the mid 80's. As the owner of a US manufacturing business, I have watched the global economy stacking itself against me little by little and through various means over the entirety of this time. This constant pressure has forced progress upon me and my company and this progress has been a really good thing.
But I have also carried forward the issue of what the hollowing out of the United States, a great industrial superpower, will do to the country as a whole. The idea that we can consume our way to prosperity has been a constant slap in the face to members of the US manufacturing sector. My company, with its focus on technology and its niche in the vast 'service' industry, health care, has survived. But many less scalable and adaptable companies and industries, have gone the way of the Dodo Bird. That is fine I suppose, in the name of progress, in and of itself. But to think that productivity can be replaced with consumerism has been a recurring slap in the face to people who lost productive jobs in service to this utter, failed mess we now find ourselves with.
I agree with Peter, that we are long past the point of devouring ourselves. We have long since eaten our seed corn in a pathetic attempt to keep up the illusion. I will leave the inflation/deflation mental masturbation to the intellectuals and academics because we really are in uncharted waters, and there is a gaping hole ripped in the hull. Nothing is going to work and the only question is which poison will win out. Deflation is and has been trying to happen for many years. Inflation has been promoted by policy for many years. That is all we really need to know and it is why, dialing back down to the micro, I am a gold stock trader. As long as the system remains intact and lurches forward, they stand to be the big winner for all the reasons I have put forth and continue to put forth in my newsletter.
Meanwhile, here is something I wrote on deflation back in 2004. Again, it is written by a business person, not an economist. I don't see any reason to change my thinking now. I have said all along, that the next real deflation will be the last deflation and the end of the current system. I am not prepared to definitively state whether I believe there is one more inflationary kick save in the making or not. But the system is going to end, sooner or later. Meanwhile, I for one move forward with that depressing fact in mind, as I have for decades. From the article:
"The well-spring of productivity has been drained by ever larger government and spending. Not only has productive value been drained, but the spending has continued right off the balance sheet and into mind boggling debt. Thus, a deflationary spiral could only be painful now. The same entities that have told us they will defend us against it are the ones who made it malignant to begin with. I can't help thinking of the Jungian "shadow"; the longer it is denied, the more fierce it will ultimately be in exacting revenge for that denial.
I have read respected analysts who believe deflation is on the doorstep, others who believe it has virtually no chance of occurring while the Fed is on the watch, and yet others who see inflation leading to deflation or visa-versa. I regret to say that what I see, as a member of the real productive economy, is a blow-up of some kind either way as a virtuous continuum of productivity has been destroyed. Furthermore, with the debt levels off the charts and an electorate more concerned about George Bush's IQ or John Kerry's backbone, we are in no position to deal with it either.
To think, it didn't have to be this way."
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