Modern Monetary Theory

What is MMT and how could it completely change your perception of life in a nation with a sovereign fiat currency?
MMT - What is it anyway??
"I've heard it called the Magic Money Tree"
"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!

Use the arrows or swipe through the slides to learn more.
Modern Monetary Theory or MMT
MMT is just a description of how sovereign fiat, floating exchange rate currencies like the US dollar actually work. MMT helps us move past the outdated gold-standard thinking that hasn't been right for decades.

It's not something to implement someday, it is exactly how our money works TODAY!!
Sovereign currency issuers...
Many governments issue their own currency. The sovereign issuer of a nation’s currency is nothing like the users of its currency - such as households, businesses, or state and local governments.

The currency issuer is not constrained to balanced budgeting in the same way as a currency user.
Government Solvency
Sovereign governments can never run out of the currency they issue.

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?
Taxes and Federal Spending
Federal taxes are not collected in order for the government to spend later. They are actually deleted out of existence!

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.
The National Debt
It is not possible for a currency issuer to go broke.

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!
Where Do I Learn More?
Look through our collection of articles below to learn more! They are conveniently categorized and there are plenty of resources from MMT Beginner to Macroeconomics Expert level.
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How would Job Guarantee wages be set?

It is Wednesday so some snippets and some music – sad music this week because it signals the death of one of the great pioneers …

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Why Government Spending Can’t Turn the U.S. Into Venezuela

When poor countries fall prey to inflation, it’s not because they’re “too socialist.” The ris­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty of mod­ern mon­e­tary the­o­ry (MMT) has inevitably brought mis­con­cep­tions.

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Explainer: What is Modern Monetary Theory?

Steven Hail There is a school of thought among economists who aren’t worried about the so called “budget black hole”, where tough choices have been …

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The Mismeasure of Macro

Sloan strives for one more scare tactic. MMT will cause the United States to lose its reserve currency status and all the foreign bondholders will dump their treasury securities. This may sound scary to the average reader but those versed in bond markets will immediately see through the farce.

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White Paper: Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)

The purpose of this white paper is to publicly present the fundamentals of MMT.

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A Green New Tomorrow: A Survival Guide with Rohan Grey

In part 2 of our interview Rohan Grey talks about debt, public banking, the Green New Deal, and the job guarantee. He dispels some notions about robots and the UBI. (Podcast)

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MMT isn’t ‘Close’, it’s ‘Here’.

As soon as you read “MMT May One Day Be”, you know the author either doesn’t understand MMT, or doesn’t want you to.

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The Changing Face of MMT

Look under all the filters for the real picture.

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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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