Saturday, July 5, 2014

Marc Faber Monthly Market Commentary: July 1, 2014


Is “Big Government” thwarting economic Growth?
Science fiction author Frank Herbert opined that, “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.”
Friedrich Hayek thought that, “the more the state ‘plans’ the more difficult planning becomes for the individual,” and John Stuart Mill wrote already in Principles of Political Economy (1848) that, “In all the more advanced communities the great majority of things are worse done by the intervention of government, than the individuals most interested in the matter would do them, or cause them to be done, if left to themselves.”
Economist Richard Rahn, the eponymous creator of the Rahn Curve, makes the connection between the rate of economic growth and the size of government. The Rahn Curve suggests there is an optimal level of government spending (as a share of GDP) that maximizes the rate of economic growth. As government begins to rise from zero percent of GDP, initially it spends to protect life, liberty and property; as this happens the economy surges. When government makes people safe, enforces contracts, protects liberty and enforces property rights great things begin to happen. As government continues increasing, it next spends on infrastructure. Such spending further accelerates economic growth. It is clear that a little government does a lot of good. At this point government’s share of GDP is between 10% and 20%. From its founding to circa 1930, total US government spending was around 10% on the Rahn Curve.
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Marc Faber is an international investor known for his uncanny predictions of the stock market and futures markets around the world.Dr. Doom also trades currencies and commodity futures like Gold and Oil.

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