As Wray explains, Minsky’s most important idea is that "stability is destabilizing": to the degree that the economy achieves what looks to be robust and stable growth, it is setting up the conditions in which a crash becomes ever more likely. Before the financial crisis, mainstream economists pointed to much evidence that the economy was more stable, but their predictions were completely wrong because they disregarded Minsky’s insight. Wray also introduces Minsky’s significant work on money and banking, poverty and unemployment, and the evolution of capitalism, as well as his proposals for reforming the financial system and promoting economic stability.
A much-needed introduction to an economist whose ideas are more relevant than ever, Why Minsky Matters is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why economic crises are becoming more frequent and severe—and what we can do about it.
Today's Millennials are the first generation in modern history to approach political power in a true era of sovereign fiat money. Why is an architect explaining the extraordinary importance of this fact? Two reasons: First, because modern fiat money, as J.D. ALT explains in his introduction, is not a new economic theory but, instead, merely a poorly visualized reality. This book rectifies that problem with a series of simple and instructive "architectural" diagrams that make the surprising "logic" of fiat money both visible and understandable. Second, as he goes on to make clear, at its heart fiat money is about building and creating things as a collective society-real, tangible, concrete things that can dramatically improve the sustainability and prosperity of society for each of its members. Focusing on four major challenges facing the Millennials as they come to power in the U.S.-Education, Retirement, Employment, and Global Climate Change-he then explores and imagines, with an architect's eye for structure and process, how understanding and managing modern fiat money can change the narrative about what America can, in fact, afford to undertake and accomplish.
The main themes of the book are the changes in the financial structure and income distribution, the collapse of the Ponzi process in 2007, and actual and prospective policy responses. The objective is to show that Minsky’s approach can be used to understand the making and unfolding of the crisis and to draw some policy implications to improve financial stability.