Zazpi gezur politika ekonomikoan (Ezjakintasunaren alferkeriak nagusi)

DTM, beste behin, erasotua izan da.

(Erabil dezagun honako sarrera hau DTM-ko aitaponteko nagusiari gorazarre minimo bat egitearren.)

(a) Erasoan edo dena delakoa

Simon Wren-Lewis: MMT: not so modern1


Warren Mosler16 March 2016

(b) Erasoari aurre eginez edo…

Bill Mitchell2: Bill Mitchell comments on the current kerfuffle 


(i) Keynestar berria da autorea. Hona zenbait galdera3

(ii) Autorea oso alferra da4

(c) Alexander Douglas: Origin of Specious

Alexander Douglas: MMT is political philosophy, not economics5


(i) Zazpi gezur politika ekonomikoan delako liburua irakurri behar6

(ii) Erradikalena hauxe: Estatuak langabezia sortzen du7

(iii) Langabezia: ordaindutako lanerako eskari ez betea8

(iv) Estatua, langabezia eta zergak9

(v) Moneta eta bortxazko indarra10

(vi) Aurrekontu mugatua eta DTM: Estatuaren boterea eta moneta11

(vii) Ez nahastu12:

there is only ever as much unemployment as the state wants there to be

(viii) DTM eta makroekonomiari buruzko testuliburuak13

(ix) Estatu-moneta: lanerako bortxazko tresna14


Warren Mosler March 20, 2016


(d) Gogoratzekoak

Zazpi gezur politika ekonomikoan delako liburua da giltza. Hortaz, gogora ditzagun ondokoak:

Zazpi gezur politika ekonomikoan (1)

Zazpi gezur, politika ekonomikoan (2)

Warren Mosler: zazpi gezur politika ekonomikoan

Warren Mosler-en liburua alemanez

Aurkezpena: Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds-A BCB Economics Lecture16:

Bill Mitchell: Introduction to the German Translation of my friend Warren Mosler’s 2010 bookThe Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy.

In Is MMT applicable to the Eurozone?17

Zazpi gezur politika ekonomikoan (Warren Mosler-en aurkezpena, 2015)

Zazpi gezur politika ekonomikoan eta Nola funtzionatzen duen diruak

3 Ingelesez: “The author is a New Keynesian, who has little to offer of relevance to the public debate.

He suggests that he (and his ilk) knew all of the propositions advanced by MMT all along anyway – so ‘there is nothing new about it’.

Which then begs the question as to why they are still teaching things like:

1. The money multiplier.

2. Crowding out.

3. Fiscal deficits cause higher interest rates.

4. Central bank controls the money supply.

5. Inflation is higher if governments ‘print money’ to match their deficits relative to issuing debt.


So they knew all of the myths in the mainstream macroeconomics textbooks all along but still choose to teach them in their courses.

4 Ingelesez: “…, the author is clearly too lazy to read all the relevant MMT literature and instead draws as authority the rather disengenous ravings of a disaffected character from the US. I dealt with his criticisms of MMT here –

These characters have built an image of MMT in their own minds from some garbled accounts etc and choose to hide behind a few crude and incorrect propositions that they attribute to MMT academics (such as, ‘deficits do not matter’) to make themselves feel comfortable that they know everything anyway and still have a body of economics that is relevant.

The lack of scholarship is astounding – but then what would you expect when you examine the course material they offer their students and the sort of statements they make on the public record.”

6 Ingelesez: “When I read Warren Mosler’s Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds, I found it refreshingly plain and non-theoretical, but also very radical. I find it hard to imagine Wren-Lewis reading the book and finding nothing surprising or interesting in it. Maybe he hasn’t read it. But if he went to it looking for a proof that the consolidated budget equation is incorrect, he was no doubt disappointed, and only because he was looking for the wrong thing. It would be like reading Joyce’s Ulysses and saying: “I don’t see how this book is innovative; it fails to refute Newton’s Laws.

7 Ingelesez: “The most radical claim that Mosler makes is summed up in the quotation from Paul Davidson that opens his 1997-8 paper on full employment. The claim is that the state creates unemployment, and this is the only reason unemployment exists. I do not find this claim in the macroeconomic textbooks I have read, and if it is something that Wren-Lewis knew all along, I don’t see how he could have found it too unimportant to bother mentioning.

8 Ingelesez: “Unemployment is, by definition, unsatisfied demand for work that pays in state-issued currency. In a society with no state, nobody has any demand for pieces of paper and metal with pictures of sovereigns on them, nor for bank accounts that represent debts denominated in those pieces of paper and metal. People will work in exchange for real goods, or even for privately-issued tokens that promise real goods, or because somebody is forcing them to do so. But they will not work in exchange for tokens issued by the state that are not redeemable for anything.

9I ngelesez: “ The state, Mosler explains, creates unemployment by imposing taxes. It threatens sanctions against those that do not hand over a certain number of its tokens. It forbids anyone else to create the tokens. Thus it can procure for itself however much labour and real capital it likes, by creating and paying the tokens, the demand for which it creates by force. It is true that those who give up labour and capital to earn the tokens are not always those who need them for tax payments. Once the tokens are needed for tax payments, non-state actors can also accumulate them and use them to purchase labour and capital. Those who do not directly need the tokens for tax payments will then find that they need them to procure food and other necessities, but only because the state has created a general demand for the tokens by coercing payments in them.

10 Ingelesez: “Those who say that “the state can print money but it can’t print wealth” have completely missed the point. Suppose the state prints a new sort of special token. It tells you that you must pay a tax in that token, or you go to prison for life. You don’t have the token and neither does anyone else besides the state that prints it. Then it offers to hire you to do twenty hours of labour to earn the token. I suspect you’ll take the deal. Has the state “printed wealth”? No. Has it procured your labour at no cost to itself? Absolutely. A gun doesn’t magic shoes into existence. But a robber can point a gun at you and take your shoes. Or, if he is a tricky robber, he can ‘buy’ your shoes with his own token that you only want because he tells you he’ll shoot you if you don’t pay it to him later. The token is merely ‘printed’. But the coercive apparatus that gives it value is very real.

11 Ingelesez:So why does Wren-Lewis say that MMT doesn’t provide any insight that isn’t already contained in the consolidate budget constraint equation? MMT shows that the concept of a budget constraint is entirely unilluminating when applied to the state. The state’s real purchasing power is its coercive power, not the tokens that disguise the exercise of that power. When facing the tricky robber with the tokens, it would be very unhelpful to draw a budget equation telling us that his total spending power consists of the tokens he prints and then demands back or borrows back. Like a conjuror, the robber has got us looking at the wrong hand. The hand with the tokens is a distraction. Look at the hand with the gun. MMT is trying to remind us about the gun.”

12 Ingelesez: “Getting distracted by the tokens leads us to forget many important things, for instance that there is only ever as much unemployment as the state wants there to be – for the details of why this is the case, read Mosler’s paper.”

13 Ingelesez: “So is MMT, as Wren-Lewis claims, just standard macro with tedious accounting details attached? Well, find me a passage in macroeconomics textbook that says something like this:

The monetary economy is the mere byproduct of a system by which the state coerces labour. If the state forces only as many people to need paid work as it employs (or pays others to employ), then there is no unemployment. If it forces more people to need work than it employs (or pays others to employ) then there is unemployment. Therefore, if there is involuntary unemployment at all, it is only because the state has explicitly chosen to have it, quite pointlessly.””

14 Ingelesez: “… the idea that the state currency is fundamentally a device for coercing labour is not clearly put forward in any of those sources. Mosler’s paper and book put it more plainly than anything else I’ve read. Macroeconomists do not mention it at all. It would appear to have some pretty important implications for political economy, and, again, for political philosophy more generally. Does Wren-Lewis really think it’s not even worth mentioning? Or has he, perhaps, missed the point?

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  • joseba


    Randy Wray comments at Bill’s on the recent MMT kerfuffle.

    LRWray says:
    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    Bill: excellent response to “Bastard Keynesian” (Joan Robinson’s term) Simon Wren-Lewis, who seems to have picked up all these silly claims from Tom Palley. Tom’s been beating this dead drum for over a decade.

    The claim that we never cite our fore-fathers and mothers is ridiculous. They used to claim that we were twisting the words of people like Eisner, Lerner, Vickrey, Godley, Minsky, Keynes, Kalecki, Marx, Smith, Knapp, Innes, and on and on and on. Now they claim we fail to give credit to them!

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