Last week, we heard another Frenchman, President François Hollande, proclaiming: “L’offre crée même la demande”, which translates as ‘supply actually creates its own demand’. If you want to look for the real political scandal in France today, it is not the sight of the president in a motorcycle helmet about to sneak into a Parisian apartment building. It is that official economic thinking in Paris has not progressed in 211 years.
If you want to understand the financial crisis and the subsequent recession, Say’s Law is of no help whatsoever.
What does this guy know? The Socialist President of France, who more than anything else would have liked to spend the French economy into recovery, having personally experienced the consequences of trying to use Keynesian economic policies, has concluded that economies are not driven by demand. That the writer of this article knows no better is just par for the course. All he knows is Keynes, and wrong or right, one stimulus-generated economic catastrophe after another, on he goes. But at least Hollande has finally understood what needs to be known and has embraced Say’s Law as best he understands it.
You may be sure Hollande did not do this lightly. This awareness has come as the result of the bitter fruits of experience. The stimulus packages of 2009 are today’s debt and dying economies. There will be no recovery until demand is again constituted by actual value adding supply. The article tries to explain the significance of the shift towards thinking in terms of Say’s Law, tries to explain what’s wrong with Say’s Law but discusses nothing with anything resembling economic content, and ends with this:
The third significance lies in the fact that the new consensus spans the entire mainstream political spectrum. If you live on the European continent and if you have a problem with Say’s Law, the only political parties that cater to you are the extreme left or the extreme right.
The problem remains that while they are all trying to walk away from Keynes there are no longer any guideposts on what to do since no economics text, with only a single exception that I know of, will explain the actual meaning of Say’s Law, the classical theory of the cycle and what needs to be done to generate a recovery when the economy is in recession.
[My thanks to Alan for forwarding me this article.]