The Economic System: Is it Fake, Unsustainable, and Designed to Benefit the Wealthy?
The current state of the economy is a hot topic of discussion among economists, politicians, and everyday citizens. Many people are concerned about the growing income inequality, the rising debt, and the lack of economic opportunity for ordinary people. In this context, a YouTube video has gained a lot of attention in the past year, in which the host argues that the economy, jobs, and money it generates are all fake. But is this true? In this article, we will examine the claims made in the video and explore the complex issues related to the economic system.
Debt: The Root of the Problem
According to the host of the video, the economy is fake because it is based on debt and the government and banks’ creation of money out of thin air. He argues that this system creates a never-ending cycle of debt that is unsustainable in the long run. While it is true that debt is a significant economic issue, it’s essential to understand that not all debt is bad. Debt can be a valuable tool for investing in the future and creating economic growth. Modern monetary theory based on fiat currencies has created some of the highest living standards in history (so far) and only cost 2% average inflation annually until the pandemic response by central banks and the government changed this long-term trend.
The problem with the current system is that too much debt is being created, and much of it is being used for non-productive purposes, such as wasteful government programs, speculative investments with no underlying fundamental value, and financial engineering with derivatives. This has led to a situation where the amount of debt in the economy is growing faster than the real economy, which is not sustainable in the long run. This trend could lead to a significant economic crisis, as we saw in 2008. Market bubbles can pop, bringing prices back down to the historical mean. Debt loads can become unmanageable, leading to a retraction in new spending and borrowing.
Jobs: Real or Fake?
According to the host, most of the jobs the economy produces are also fake. He argues that many jobs are low-paying, part-time positions with no benefits and that the unemployment rate is much higher than the government reports. While it is true that many people are struggling to find good jobs, it’s essential to understand that the job market is complex and dynamic. While many nonessential jobs can be created in corporate structures, education, and the government, almost all service sector, trades, and technical jobs are needed to keep the economy functioning.
There are many reasons why some people struggle to find good jobs, including a lack of education and skills, technological changes, and globalization. However, it’s also true that many good jobs are available in the economy, especially in the growing sectors of the economy, such as customer services, healthcare, and professional trades.
The problem is not that there are no good jobs but that too many people lack the skills and education needed to get those jobs. This is why investing in education, experience in one sector, and training programs to help people acquire the skills they need to succeed in the new economy are essential.
In the 21st century, technology has opened up a whole new sector online where people can make a living in whole new ways than traditional jobs. The barrier to entry has been lowered so that people can now be full-time podcasters, YouTubers, and bloggers or operate their own Amazon or Etsy stores online, among other endless possibilities. Trading and investing have also never been so easy to execute with low costs. New technologies and platforms also make it simple to publish books, audiobooks, music, and videos online for monetization.
Money: Real or Fake?
The money is fake, says the host, because it’s not backed by anything tangible like gold. Instead, it’s simply pieces of paper and digits on a screen facilitating transactions. While it’s true that money is not backed by anything tangible, it’s crucial to understand that money is a social construct that has value because we believe it has value.
Money is not valuable in itself but can be used to purchase valuable goods and services. Money is vital in the economy because it facilitates transactions and allows people to exchange goods and services.
The problem with the current fiat system is not that it’s fake but that it’s not run with disciplined monetary policy by central banks and that governments don’t constrain their spending above tax revenue and run up excessive national debts. The problem with money currently is there has been simply too much of it chasing too few goods.
National currencies are backed by the economic and military power of the countries that print them. Cryptocurrencies aren’t the money solution; they have many of the same issues as fiat currencies. Crypto has an even bigger problem: market liquidity and acceptance.
Creating a New Economic System
The host of the video suggests that the current economic system is unsustainable and that a new system is needed that’s based on real value and fairness for all. He encourages viewers to educate themselves about the economy and to take action to bring about change. In light of the complex issues related to the economic system, creating a new system that’s fair and sustainable would require a comprehensive approach.
One potential solution is implementing policies that reduce the economy’s debt and encourage productive investments. This could involve stricter regulations on financial institutions and investment in infrastructure, education, and healthcare. By creating a more productive economy, we can reduce the amount of debt and create more opportunities for ordinary people.
Another potential solution is to create a more equitable distribution of wealth and power in the economy through free market economics and less government interference. This could involve policies such as better corporate governance that is more equitable to the value that workers create. The gap between what executives are paid and the people doing the work has grown absurdly wide in the past 30 years. There needs to be a return to benefits, a living wage, stock options, and profit sharing like many early US companies were built on. This could help both companies retain quality workers and lower management stress.
People must choose where they work more carefully and not tolerate the exploitation of the value they create. Companies that don’t pay fairly or reward their most productive workers should experience labor shortages to make them change their pay and benefits packages.
While the claims made in the YouTube video about the economy may contain some truth, it’s essential to understand that the issues related to the economic system are complex and multifaceted. Rather than focusing on simplistic solutions, we must take a comprehensive approach to allow a more free market that’s fair for everyone. By implementing policies that reduce debt, choosing where you work more carefully, and not rewarding bad behavior by companies or politicians, the economy can return to more stable monetary policies, jobs that create value, and a government that isn’t rewarded for spending recklessly.