BY GUEST WRITER TRIUMVIR SAPIENTIAE
When we start relying on financial trickery rather than production as the source of our wealth, we’re in trouble.
It’s nearly universal for our politicians to tell us that we need to get back to creating wealth. This much is true; sadly, however, our politicians want to get back to creating wealth by getting people to borrow more money to buy more stuff, most of which was made in foreign countries by foreign workers, and most of which they couldn’t afford even if they weren’t going into still more debt in order to buy it.
Why does our age, alone among all, consider increased consumer debt and the increase in consumption that goes along with it to be “creating wealth”? Isn’t this truly merely consuming wealth? And given that the vast majority of these consumer goods that we’re purchasing with our borrowed stimulus funds are made in foreign factories by foreign workers, while our own citizens are occupied predominantly with serving each other (increasingly foreign-produced) food and selling each other incomprehensible financial documents (not to mention helping to import the foreign products that we’re doing all this in order to buy), isn’t this consumption of wealth without ever replacing it with anything?
BY TRIUMVIR SAPIENTIAE