Advocating A Right to Work

I discussed in this post a history of the right to work and an advocate of ensuring a legislated right to work of UK member of Parliament from the Independent Labour Party, Keir Hardie. There were similar attempts at employing idle labour in 1848 in Paris via a politician Louis Blanc. Blanc established Ateliers Nationaux […]

Let’s have a rational debate on government spending.

Twitter is full of comments around MMT being something you do – rather than something that is, We have articles like ‘Don’t let the Reserve Bank just give the Government money’ and articles that the leader of the opposition tells shadow cabinet to find cuts and spending offsets ahead of campaign. The foundations of MMT […]

Jobless still out number Job Vacancies

Below is an article I wrote in attempts to get published in various media outlets. Obviously that has been unsuccessful. Most journalist look at the incorrect indicators in assessing ‘economic’ performance. Things like the underlying inflation rate (which harps back to fight inflation first over unemployment), the decreasing or less than expected government spending (as […]

E is for Effort

Alan Kohler wrote his first piece for The New Daily. It’s a rather optimistic piece where he says thankfully we haven’t entered a long depression as many feared. Irrespective of labels and what you define 2020 as, it has demonstrated that currency issuing governments always have financial capacity to deal with a collapse in spending. […]

History of Australian Currency – More Detail

The below is some more writing on how Australian monetary system came to form. There is a rather dry boring post here that deals with legislative instruments and various changes. I deal with some background on how private banks issued notes prior to 1910 and why The Australian government chose to issue notes. There are […]

The Provision of Providing for an Ageing Population is Not About Saving.

There have been arguments in the media around the current rate of the superannuation guarantee on whether we should or shouldn’t lift it from the current rate of 9.5 per cent to 12 per cent. The argument to lift it goes something like ‘the current rate would be insufficient to provide for individuals in retirement’ […]

A History of Australian Coinage and Note Issuance- Part 1

This is a project I’ve been working on tracing the legislation that has created Australian currency. There is information a colleague and I are uncovering on a 1893 Queensland Notes bill, that was the model used on The Australian Notes act. The early days of federation money was defined as British or Australian coins – […]

Modern Monetary Theory and The Job Guarantee

I recently wrote an oped piece for challenge magazine It is difficult to condense what I had hoped to say into 750 odd words, so here is the ‘extended’ edition. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is an incredibly complex body of work that studies macroeconomics. At its most elemental level it says a currency is a […]

Understanding Value

I’ve been neglectful of this blogging project as my mind has been pre-occupied with other projects. I finally have one space to get back into writing. A little while ago I did an interview with US based podcast macro ‘n cheese on a general chat about MMT and an understanding on how we understand and […]

Sectoral Balances

One of the most important concepts to understand within macroeconomics is the concept of sectoral balances. Macro can be divided into three distinct sections Government and Non-Government with the latter being divided into domestic and foreign. These divisions come from the system of national accounts (an international standard) and the way GDP is calculated. GDP […]

Currency Issuing Governments Finance Themselves

There have been a lot of stories in the media around the debt and the ‘cost’ future generations will bear as a result of the spending required during the covid-19 crisis. Each and everyone of these sports the same neoliberal garbage that taxes need to rise and suggest tax changes that work in favour of […]

The Mythology of Printing Money Part II

This is a follow up from yesterday’s post and aims to dispel the myth of the term ‘printing money’ and the orthodox understanding of inflation. The end looks at what happened in Venezuela and Zimbabwe and identifies the cause of hyperinflation as minimal productive capacity and minimal capacity to purchase imported products. They are supply […]

The Mythology of Printing Money

Since the beginning of the corona virus Governments around the world have began to spend huge sums without a call from anyone on ‘How are you going to pay for it?’ In a recent 730 interview the reporter asked the question on how a sovereign currency issuing government would ‘pay for’ its spending down the […]

Job Guarantees aren’t all the same

There’s been a number of articles I’ve read over the last few days on what we should do and what has been done in regards to people’s employment and well-being. This article on giving rooms to the homeless reported by the BBC has shown the power governments hold and that it is not a lack […]

How loans create deposits and why we should have public banking…

I thought this post should explain in further detail, the nature of how financial institutions extend credit (by creating it) why I think it should be a public good and how it is possible to create affordable housing and ensure housing for all seeing how I called for 0 per cent home mortgages and the […]

Economics and Language

With all the talk of ‘the economy’, spending collapse and an oncoming recession with the Prime Minister stating “We cannot prevent all the many hardships, many sacrifices that we will face in the months ahead”  I thought it worth noting that yes it is possible to avoid any financial hardships and a recession. The analogies […]

The Story of Money

It’s been a while since my last post. Writing a blog is much more intensive than I had anticipated. I have a new appreciation for anyone that can put out content on a regular basis, while maintaining a full time job and other commitments. I am endeavouring to post more frequently. I recently had an […]

On achieving a public purpose.

Below is something I wrote in 2018 for my own reference as I grappled to apply modern monetary theory into my broader thinking and apply it as a lens rather than think of it within an abstract theoretical framework. I hope this might help those that are trying to to the same. A public purpose […]

Solving inequality requires getting macro right!

The ACTU last year in April released this report into inequality in Australia. It starts with the statement “Extreme inequality – which is what we are now experiencing in Australia – slows economic growth, creates social havoc and undermines faith in our political institutions.” Which I wholeheartedly agree with. In this post I aim to […]

Thinking About A Green New Deal

This post follows on from the post ‘(Not) A Green New Deal being Proposed in Australia’. In that post I outlined the origins of the original New Deal, gave a brief overview of what the original New Deal was and followed on with a summary of what a Green New Deal is in the USA, […]

(Not) A Green New Deal being proposed in Australia.

A new Greens Party leader in Australia was elected, and the party has run with the theme being used in the USA that we need a Green New Deal (GND). This is the new leaders article in the Guardian on a GND. As well as an education in what the GND actually is, the economic […]

The Right to Work

I’ve finally finished the site design and colour scheme. It took me much longer than expected as it proved more difficult than expected. Alas, I have a final design. Today’s topic is a continuation from my post Full Employment Demise and is a history of ‘The Right to Work’ The right to work movement has […]

No jobs and no plan…

I spent a bit of time after work playing with the layout of the site. It can get frustrating with different themes because one theme will have a feature you want but not another so it is trying to find the best one that suits. Annoyingly the footer at the bottom of the page won’t […]

Full Employment Demise

I’ve recently been reading a number of different sources on unemployment, its causes and its use as tool of social domination. Article 23 on the UN declaration of Human rights (1) Everyone has the right to work to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Throughout […]

Northern Territory Fracking

Recently I’ve been involved in some protests opposing the NT Governments decision to approve fracking in the Betaloo Basin. The current frack site is near a community called Marlinja. The video below shows what happened. It seems rather clear it is companies like Origin energy and Santos that run government policy. This article from April […]

Money is a creature of the State

I’ve had a number of friends that have been encouraging me to write a blog for at least a few years now. This is my attempt at a blog. For the last five years I’ve been informally studying Modern Monetary Theory. I became captivated by the elegance and internal consistency of the body of work. […]