Modern Monetary Theory - MMT
What is MMT and how could it completely change your perception of life in a nation with a sovereign fiat currency? Looking for MMT resources in other languages? Try our INTERNATIONAL MMT RESOURCES page.
"If we just keep printing money, we'll devalue the dollar!"
"Printing money will cause inflation!"
"OhEmGee the National Debt!!"
We've all heard loads of rumors...now it's time to get the truth!
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It's not something to implement someday, it is exactly how our money works TODAY!!
The currency issuer is not constrained to balanced budgeting in the same way as a currency user.
No matter what politicians or talking heads on TV say, when a country issues its own sovereign currency, it can never run out.
That would be like the scorekeeper in baseball running out of points! Crazy, right?
As a matter of fact, in order for us to pay taxes in the first place, the government, the CURRENCY ISSUER, has to create (or spend into existence) the money. Then, we CURRENCY USERS have to find a way to get some money to pay our taxes.
Most governments, most of the time, will run fiscal deficits. This is not a matter of concern, and is indeed a good thing, as it means most private sectors will be able to run the financial surpluses they wish to add to their net savings.
The government’s deficit is our surplus – we should be glad all that money hasn’t been taxed out of the economy!
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Why we need to debunk the 'deficit myth' - BBC REEL
Government spending is increasing at an unprecedented rate to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Many people worry this could burden future generations.
However, economist Stephanie Kelton, author of The Deficit Myth, argues that we need to rethink our attitudes towards government spending.
Could Modern Monetary Theory help us navigate our way out of this crisis – and even help build a fairer economy?
Producer: Dan John
Animation: Jacqueline Nixon
(Republished with permission from the BBC)
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