This is not economic theory; this is simple common sense
from Jesse at Jesse’s Café Américain
Posted originally June 3, 2011
THE RECOVERY WILL NOT BECOME ORGANIC and sustainable until people receive a living wage, able to buy a lifestyle consistent with a democratic republic based on their labor without onerous rents from debt.
This is not economic theory; this is simple common sense. If you want to have a consumer based economy, you cannot debilitate the consumers until they become serfs, because then one has obtained a different form of governance. Unless of course one can persuade the many to love their servitude and think hell is a heaven. The public policy argument revolves around the relationship between the distribution of power, and therefore the accumulation of economic power, as it always does throughout history. That is another matter. I am treating the economic argument and prognosis.
As for employment growth, the longer term ‘trend’ has not yet turned lower, and seems consistent with a stagflationary outlook. It is obviously in danger of rolling over, but it has not done so just yet.
America had been adding jobs for over twenty years with stagnant wage growth. And this was a result of the partnership between corporate America and the wealthy few with the government policy makers, especially including the Greenspan Federal Reserve. Warren Buffett called it a class war and there is no need to guess which class controls the discussion through the concentration of ownership in the mainstream media. The public cannot even mount a serious reform effort without it being quickly co-opted and used against their interests by a well-heeled propaganda machine.
As Simon Johnson famously observed, there was an economic coup d’etat in the States and it is still having its way with the public and much of the world at large. The financiers have breached the walls, and are sacking and looting the city. Neo-liberalism is little more than a resurgence of the corporatism of the earlier twentieth century, with the jackboots more selectively deployed overseas, at least for now.
And the global reaction against the Anglo-American banking cartel, and their infamous economic hitmen, is the substance of the ongoing currency war, the long standing struggle against colonialism. It is remarkable how with all the change, nothing of substance really changes, at least in regards to human behaviour.
A structural reform of the system is what is required, not short term stimulus or austerity at least for now. And in particular not austerity or more tax cuts for the wealthy which is the hallmark of an intellectually bankrupt theory.
The US economy is severely distorted after years of managerial abuse with an outsized financial sector and a bias towards domestic jobs destruction through an abandonment of long term public policy decisions and investments in favor of short term corporate profits and the public be damned. And there is no reform because the political administration of the system and those who observe and report on it has been generally captured and corrupted, and is stuck in a credibility trap.
Above taken from a longer article originally entitled About the Non-Farm Payrolls and the Birth-Death Model–Credibility Trap