In this interesting video Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke basically says that idle balances don’t chase goods and services and that a fortiori we don’t have to be overly afraid that quantitative easing will spill over into inflation. And – which actually is the most interesting part of the speech – he also confirms the Modern Monetary Theory view that the financing of these operations is made possible by simply crediting a bank account and thereby – by a single keystroke – actually creating money.
One of the most important reasons why we’re still stuck in depression-like economic quagmires is that people in general – including most mainstream economists – simply don’t understand the workings of modern monetary systems. The result is totally and utterly wrong-headed austerity policies, emanating out of a groundless fear of creating inflation via central banks printing money, in a situation where we rather should fear deflation and inadequate effective demand.Lars P. Syll's Blog
Ben Bernanke and MMT
Lars P. Syll | Professor, Malmo University
Now if we can just get Ben to stop talking about the public debt "problem."