UN Report: The Looming Smash-Up of the World's Economy

by Gary North

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has written an article on a United Nations report on debt and default.

He is a Keynesian. He worries about deflation. Deflation is the ultimate negative sanction in his view. Like all Keynesians, he does not understand the healing effects of deflation.

But I read him because he provides data on the fragility of today’s debt-based Keynesian economy. What he fears, I look forward to the day of reckoning on debt, which is the bastard child of central bank inflation and government deficits. Like an unwed couple, Keynesians want to continue the liaison, but without negative consequences. There are always negative consequences.

The third leg of the world’s intractable depression is yet to come. If trade economists at the United Nations are right, the next traumatic episode may entail the greatest debt jubilee in history.

The Jubilee was Mosaic Israel’s mandated year of return to the land distribution of the original generation of the conquest. It applied only to rural land. It did not apply to real estate in walled cities. The heirs of the families of the conquest got back their land. The larger the families, the smaller the parcels. The law also liquidated all debt, including commercial debt. This was supposed to happen every 50th year. There is no evidence that this law was ever honored.

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