[ExI] economic parableRe: Sudden outbreak of democracy baffles US pundits

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Sun Oct 12 18:30:29 UTC 2008

On Oct 7, 2008, at 2:15 PM, The Avantguardian wrote:

> --- On Tue, 10/7/08, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> How does getting information in seconds rather than hours
>> or days, as
>> in the 1920's, prevent a depression?
> Because the distinction between money and information is becoming  
> blurred. The wealth that the U.S. recently lost never really existed  
> to begin with except in people's minds. Consider the following  
> example:

Not quite.  That wealth "in their minds" could be exchanged with  
others to satisfy needs and desired and invested to create more of  
this "mind stuff".  It is no less real for being computerized and  
there is no less loss.

> I doubt either bull or bear markets will last for more than a year  
> or two nowadays, but there is occasionally *real* wealth added to  
> the economy and that does steadily grow with time. And the real  
> wealth is not affected by delusions of poverty or prosperity.

Yeah right.  Tell it to the folks in the bread line.

- samantha

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