Sunday, August 17, 2008

Bad Samaritans, Again

Ha-Joon Chang is turning pretty much every dearly-held Republican and American economic belief on its head.  Apparently, inflation is entirely unrelated to economic growth as long as inflation is under 40%

You know what I like about inflation?  Imagine two people, one has a billion dollars in the bank, the other person has nothing except a job which barely covers expenses.  If there is 20% inflation, the worker might be able to get a 20% raise.  There is absolutely nothing a billionaire can say to the banker to make their billion dollars increase by 20%.

If there is more inflation, more workers will have to try harder to get raises, and this is a burden on them.  It will, inevitably, lead to increased labor organization.

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