On Debt and Taxes

No Portuguese Insurgent: On Debt and Taxes.

The stated objective of The Economist’s piece is to make the case for eliminating incentives to excessive leverage that undermine the financial system. This ignores the simple fact that the system’s instability stems from its design rather than from the amount of credit it grants. Over the last hundred years, the total leverage of the financial system – particularly banking – has increased constantly as required reserves progressively decreased; to the point where at the beginning of the ongoing crisis many of the world’s largest banks, especially in America, had reserve ratios close to 2%.

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