Now if you say ‘printing money’ the #FAKEMMTers get triggered as well

First it was saying ‘federal taxes fund spending’, then it was saying ‘federal taxpayer’ or ‘federal tax dollars’ and now if you say ‘printing money’ the #FAKEMMTers get triggered as well…

Agreed that “a misinformed public believes ‘printing money’ will create inflation”, or even worse, “a misinformed public believes that when the government ‘prints money’ it will eventually create hyperinflation” (Ellis Winningham), but that doesn’t mean you should be reprimanding them for saying ‘printing money’ (unless you want to convince experts in the field outside your choir that you are not fully grasping how the federal gov’t works)…

When the federal gov’t deficit spends, meaning that when there is an addition by the federal gov’t of net financial assets, of dollars, being added to the banking system, this ‘net issuance of currency’ (Ellis’s preferred way to say it) ADDS TO AN OUTSTANDING FLOAT OF FIAT DOLLARS. That is the paradigm difference since 1971, that unlike before, during the gold-standard era, when federal gov’t deficit spending added to an actual debt denominated in (a limited amount of) gold-backed dollars; now, federal gov’t deficit spending instead adds to an outstanding float denominated in (an unlimited amount of) fiat dollars. Granted that this deficit spending DOES NOT have the same dilution that can be measured with the same precision as a net issuance a stock does to all the rest of the current stockholders, but printing money does have an inflationary BIAS. The key word there is BIAS because that inflationary (dilution of fiat dollar) bias of newly-printed money, unlike newly-printed stock, can evaporate on impact (as an aging demographic all worldwide now well know). Rather than scolding people for saying ‘printing money’, the MMT enlightenment is that what the mainstream should be more worried about is NOT ENOUGH money being printed by the federal gov’t, or wrongly thinking the federal gov’t should be surplus spending, which would have a deflationary bias, or even worse, thinking we should have sustained federal budget surpluses, which would cause hyperDEFLATION….

Until that day comes when society is 100% cashless (trust me it’s coming), you are only insulting people’s intelligence and hurting the MMT cause by saying things like “We don’t print money anymore! You need to catch up to the 20th century!” (Geoff, You need to catch up! We’re in the 21ST century!). Instead of over seasoning your MMT, just keep it simple and perhaps try this approach:

In the post-gold standard, modern monetary system, since the federal gov’t (any monetary sovereign) is now spending its own fiat currency (since it doesn’t need to be funded anymore), when the gov’t is ‘printing money’ (deficit spending), it only now means that they are ‘supplying’ a growing economy with more currency needed to accommodate that growth. Same as you constantly needing to add more cans of oil to your hard-working car every 3 months to keep all those moving pieces inside the engine lubricated otherwise they will seize up.



Thanks for reading,



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