The Centrally Planned Stock Market

Government tampering with the financial markets started during the Reagan administration after the stock market crash of 1987. The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets (Plunge Protection Team) was created ostensibly to prevent crashes like occurred in 1987.  Notice the word ostensibly. Government initiatives do not begin for apparent reasons.  It was true in 1987 just as it is true today. Self interests generates public policy, not concern for the overall population. The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets was created as a means for anointed human beings to make trading profits regardless of natural market forces. Over time, the Working Group became more of a stalking horse that could be pointed to as inactive as a clandestine organization evolved and has been totally active in elevating asset prices.

In today’s trading arena, despite fancy words from Federal Reserve Chairs and others, QE and other named activities have only one objective and that is to elevate asset prices, especially stocks. Government economic policy, especially that of the central bank has been totally focused on that one goal, higher stock prices. Gross Domestic Product has increased for no other reason than artificially created asset values. The result has been government created wealth at the top echelons of economic power. That wealth has translated into high spending by all at the upper end of the food chain ladder.

The incomes and lifestyles toward the lower end of the food chain have suffered just as if the recession of 2009 had not ended. Actually recessions never end until and if markets are allowed to clear. The natural process of out with the old and in with the new never occurred. That doesn’t mean it will never occur. It means that when it does occur, it will be a disaster. Stimulus never serves a purpose other than to enrich a small part of the population at the expense of all others.

As time is rolling forward, the rot at the bottom of the economic ladder has become massive. The only means of generating positive GDP numbers here and in the rest of the world is for the wealth and income of the worlds richest citizens to continue increasing. So, all of the worlds resources are now focused on preventing even a minor correction in the stock market. All other markets which would have cleared had the 2009 recession been allowed to reach completion. Today we still have the imbalances that created the situation in 2009 plus a guarantee that a fall in asset prices, especially stocks, will user in a bigger recession/depression than the first one.

The only way to save the United States is to allow markets to function pristinely. Saving the economy in the short run is not as important as saving it permanently. Just know that creating artificial value in the assets of politically powerful people may have already destroyed both the economy and our political system. If the process is allowed to continue the country and our way of life will indeed be destroyed.

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James Quillian independent scholar,free market economist,and teacher of natural law. Who is James Quillian? Certainly I am nobody special, Just a tireless academic and deep thinker. Besides that, I have broken the code with respect to economics and political science. Credentials? Nothing you would be impressed with. I am not a household name. It is hard to become famous writing that virtually no one in the country is genuinely not in touch with reality. But, if I did not do that, there would be no point in my broking the broken the code. If you read the blog, it is easy to see that there are just a few charts, no math and no quantitative analysis. That is not by accident. Given what I know, those items are completely useless. I do turn out to be highly adept at applying natural law. Natural law has predominance over any principles the social science comes up. By virtue of understanding natural law, I can debunk, in just a few sentences , any theory that calls for intervention by a government. My taking the time to understand the ins and outs of Keynes General Theory is about like expecting a chemistry student to completely grasp all that the alchemists of the middle ages thought they understood in efforts to turn base metals into goal. Keynesian theory clearly calls for complete objectivity. Government can only make political decisions. Keynesian techniques call for economic decisions. So, why go any further with that? Fantasy Free Economics is in a sense a lot like technical analysis. Technical analysis began with the premise that it was impossible to gain enough information studying fundamentals to gain a trading advantage. Study the behavior of investors instead. Unlike technical analysis, I don't use technical charts. What I understand are the incentives of different people and entities active in the economics arena. For example, there is no such thing as an incentive to serve with life in the aggregate. In the aggregate, only self interest applies. It is routinely assumed otherwise. That is highly unappealing. But, I am sorry. That is the way it is. I can accept that because I am genuinely in touch with reality. Step one in using Fantasy Free Economics is for me to understand just how little I really know. A highly credentialed economist may know 100 times what I do based on the standard dogma. Compare the knowledge each of us has compared to all there is to know and we both look like we know nothing at all. There is always more than we don't know than what we do know. I am humble enough to present myself on that basis. Why? That is the way it is. I am not bad at math. I have taught math. What I understand is when to use it and when to rely on something else. Math is useless in natural law so I don't use it. While others look at numbers, I am busy understanding the forces in nature that makes their numbers what they are. That gives me a clear advantage.
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Robert White
Robert White
3 years ago

Look at the numbers pragmatically and there is no possible or potential way that anyone can stop the world from experiencing mean reversion on all asset classes in the entire world due to Dr. Greenspan’s black hand in on the Greenspan Put that primed the asset bubble to unmanageable proportions. Greenspan thought that he was his own reviews after the Great Unwashed Masses kept referring to him as ‘maestro’ during the heyday of irrational exuberance foisted upon us by the Ponzi crew of neocons & neoliberals hell bent on a race to the bottom of civilization faster than you can… Read more »