- 19 Settembre 2018
- by Blogger
The mountain of debt piles up because creditors are convinced that the central banks will not inflate their currency units “too much,” and debtors are convinced that central banks will not allow price deflation. They believe that the existing pile of debt will never be repaid. It cannot be repaid without shrinking the money supply, because the monetary system is based on the monetization of debt, especially government debt, by the central banks. If the government ever paid off their debts, forcing the central banks to sell their debt, the central banks would have to monetize something else as a replacement asset in the monetary base. If the banks don’t monetize debt, then they must monetize equity: stocks, real estate, or (if necessary to prevent monetary deflation) desk chairs.