Posted To Stephanie Kelton’s Substack Newsletter 02/01/2023

DFWcom: Money = debt and as Mosler says (I think) the national debt is simply the national money supply. So why don’t we frame it this way? “Senior economists think there is too much money in the economy and the answer is to take some of yours”. I suspect it wouldn’t be a long debate.

Me: The Money=Debt ONLY calculation is at the heart of the real and deepest problem we have actually. The word ONLY designates the calculation/paradigm concept as a monopolistic one. All monopolies are problematic because they are expressions of Lord Acton’s dictum that “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And of course there is systemic power and then there is REAL power, namely the power of a paradigm concept which is harder to grasp and perceive than the obvious temporal universe power a monopoly demonstrates. In fact the Debt ceiling/National “Debt” controversy arises out of the difficulty in discerning paradigms, in this case the current/old paradigm of Debt ONLY as the sole form and vehicle for the creation and distribution of new money.

The quickest way to break the mental spell of an old/current paradigm is to look and keep on looking at the problem resolving applications of the new paradigm until the grip of all of the educational and cultural orthodoxies that have taken root in your mind around the old paradigm are answered by the obvious benefits of the new.


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