Open thread: Inflation & the Fed

"Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of riches strikes not only at security but [also] at confidence in the equity of the existing distribution of wealth."

–John Maynard Keynes
The Economic Consequences of the Peace, 1919. pp. 235-248.

The quote above is the classic Keynes statement on inflation and the activities of central banks.

Was he right? Is the impact of Fed largesse improving wealth and smoothed business cycles, or are we seeing a taking of citizenry wealth, with well defined winners and losers?

What say ye?

Category: Currency, Federal Reserve, Inflation

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Category: Technology, Web/Tech, Weblogs

Big Picture Survey

I would greatly appreciate if readers filled out this short survey:

The Survey is now closed!

Thank you to all who participated.

My initial read of the results were pretty interesting — I’ll have survey gizmo generate a full report today(a glitch prevented me from seeing all the responses)

I’ll cull some charts and data. Look for an update later this week . . . 

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Pixar Short Films Collection

Now that I finally ordered a plasma, I’ve been on the look out for good video.  

I’m pretty jazzed about this:  Pixar Short Films Collection.   


There’s lots of backstory at Pixar’s site.

Here’s the full list of shorts:

For the Birds
Jack-Jack Attack
Tin Toy
Mater and the Ghostlight
Geri’s Game
One Man Band
The Adventures of André and Wally B.
Mike’s New Car
Luxo Jr.
Red’s Dream
Knick Knack

Looks like good G-rated fun.

Category: Digital Media, Television, Video

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