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Inflation; the Silent Bandit

A deeper look into the concept of intentional Economic Inflation

Originally published by Illumination Curated on Medium


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Inflation is prejudiced, as it benefits a few and destroys others. That is a trait that not everyone appreciates in our modern economic sphere. People with tangible assets, such as property or stocked commodities, may like to see some inflation as it tends to raise their assets’ worth. People holding on to their cash may not like it because it disintegrates the value of their monetary reserve.

Despite the misconception, not every inflation is unintended. Some idealize inflation to maintain an optimum level to encourage spending instead of saving to sustainable economic growth.

Economic Inflation as the Product of Intention

Inflation is the rate of rising prices for goods and services in the face of the prevailing currency’s falling purchasing power. In a highly regulated market, the inflation rate adjustment serves as the shepherd’s stick on the herd.

Inflation is grouped into three classes: Demand-Pull inflation, Cost-Push inflation, and Built-In inflation. And the most regularly used inflation criteria are the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Wholesale Price Index (WPI).

Inflation is surveyed positively or negatively depending on the individual point of view; and the rate by which it is changing; however, what counts is the intention behind the inflation, and often it is everything but based on free-market value. Realistically, it is about creating an empty value bubble that can be deflated and burst at someone’s discretion. For instance, using Demand-pull inflation, agents cause upward pressure on prices that follows a shortage in supply, as “too many dollars chasing too few goods. By creating Demand-pull inflation, the gross call in an economy heavily outweighs the gross supply, hence riding up the prices. On the other hand, cost-push inflation is befalling when overall costs increase due to increases in wages and raw materials. Higher values of production can decrease gross supply or production. And since the demand for goods hasn’t changed, the price increases from production are passed onto consumers generating cost-push inflation.

Interestingly enough, Built-in inflation is a kind that results from past events, being cost-push or demand-pull inflations, and persists in the present. That means the built-in inflation merely originates from either persistent demand-pull or the past enormous cost-push inflation. Based on past experiences, it tends to become a “normal” aspect of the economy via inflationary “expectations” and the” price/wage spiral.”

Inflation can also be the upshot of devaluation or increase the cost of imported goods and domestic demand.

Rising wages would also bubble up artificial nature, increase the firm’s costs and increase consumers’ disposable income. It drives up spending expectations of inflation and causes workers to demand wage increases, and ultimately forces firms to push up rates.

It is pretty understandable why inflation must universally exist today when it should be sporadic, if ever existent. And that is why inflation today is the product of collective intention rather than a misfortunate unexpected disaster. That is why, over decades, many have attacked the Federal Reserve for its unduly expansionary monetary policies.

An Economic Bubble is Fictitious

An economic bubble, also referred to as the asset bubble, is when prices of assets appear to be based on unreasonable or erratic views. It could also be represented as the trade of a purchase at a rate or price range that exceeds the asset’s inherent value. Although some economic experts reject that bubbles even occur, the whole concept of the artificial nature of the financial bubble would make sense if one also considers it in parallel with the theory of “built-in inflation.”

The built-in inflation seems to be not so random as initially speculated. Instead, with the rise of financialization in 1971 by Nixon (by taking Gold off the world standard), the world economy became prone to monopoly and fictitious inflationary manipulation. Financialization established a scheme whereby financial markets, institutions, and elites gain more inclusive influence over economic policy and economic outcomes. It transformed the functioning of economic systems at both the macro and micro levels. Its principal impacts have been the rent-seeking financial sector’s elevated weight that fictitiously increases the value of their share of existing wealth without generating relatively new wealth. An economic bubble developed to transfer income from the real value-producing sector to the rent-seeking financial industry, thus increasing income inequality and contributing to wage stagnation.

Inflationism is what hurts the economy.

The current world economy is more consistent with crony-capitalists than it is free. That is responsible for the widely held problems that many try to blame on free-market capitalism.

The free market provides a tremendous opportunity for people of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities when it is allowed. However, the intentional creation of an economic bubble has uttered an environment that profits the wealthy, influential, and special interests who know how to influence policymakers. Within that environment thrives the intentionally induced cycles of inflation.

There must be freedom in everything, together with economics. When people are permitted to run their businesses the way they see fit, outwardly inapt government interference and snooping, they can innovate and create enormous value for consumers and more jobs for employees. Markets can be inefficient for various reasons, and sometimes in a not-so-free market, the costs or benefits of market transactions fall on those not in need.

Inflation is a silent killer, as it slowly and virtually diminishes the purchasing power of the value of every dollar we earn.

Big Governments create inflation by printing dollars to fund every year’s deficit expenditure. They permit the Federal Reserve to print currency out of thin air, which in turn devalues our money. Refraining from judiciously printing money would potentially stabilize prices.

Politicians want their constituents to believe that inflation is a natural or random phenomenon and that price increases are inevitable. They refuse to acknowledge that the only natural process for inflation is reckless overspending, something governments know the best.

Governments are inflationists, as they support policies that increase the quantity of money or credit; they seek to raise money prices and money wages. Since the service which money renders to the economic community is independent of the amount of money in circulation, based on that, Inflationism seeks to counteract a decline in money prices and money wages that would potentially threaten society due to an increase in the supply of consumers’ goods. In other words, Whether the absolute amount of money in a closed economic system is large or small does not matter.

The inflationism’s desire and the antagonism of sound money proponents are not the ultimate result of inflation, but rather the effects of the additional money entering the economic structure while gradually changing prices and wages. Hence, the social outcomes of inflation are:

First- the overdue payment wits transformed to the gain of borrowers on top of the disadvantage of the creditors,

Second- the price changes do not coincide to the same extent for all individual commodities or services.

Inflation Benefits some People and Corporations alike

Companies collect the rewards of inflation if they can charge more for their products owing to a surge in the market for their goods. In other words, inflation can provide corporations with pricing power and upsurge their profit margins. If profit limitations are mounting, the prices that companies charge for their products are growing faster than increases in production costs. So Intentional inflation is something that may sound persuasive to drive the economy but often benefits those companies that have alternate intentions.

Inflation has a potential effect on any product or service. Once inflation turns to be prevalent throughout an economy, the expectation of further inflation becomes a determining factor in consumers’ and businesses’ consciousness.

While consumers experience little profit from inflation, investors and corporations can enjoy a boost if they hold assets in markets affected by inflation. Also, company owners can deliberately withhold supplies from the market, letting prices rise to their desired level.

Politics and Inflation are Symbiotic

Inflation plays a central role in the economic and political arena. Central banks of developed economies continually monitor inflation. They have an inflation target of approximately (Usually 2%) and adjust monetary policy to fight inflation if values rise too much or too quickly; how inflation is precipitated points to ethical, economic, political, and societal enigmas. Therefore, it is implausible to separate it from our political systems because either you have the administration’s inflationist or in the opposition. If you have them in the opposition, the administration must make concessions and compromises. If it does not, it will be voted out of office, and the opponent with its inflationary program will get back in.

Money is the backbone of commerce; therefore, there is a need for a stable monetary system for the proper and efficient market. Inflation subjects the market to prejudice. Because always certain groups in the population are affected differently than the others by given inflation. For that reason, it is a brilliant tool for the governments to manipulate the production and allocation of products, services, and employment, thus resulting in a redistribution of the resources. In other words, money that loses its value through inflation eludes the mind by destroying the means of economic calculation and planning.

The government’s monetary systems are responsible for the so-called, Keynesian spending policies and ideology. The abolishment of the gold standard has permitted the government to depreciate currencies through the latter scheme.

The Periods of Inflation or the Economic Cycle

The economy’s change between growth and recession is perpetually affected by factors such as gross domestic product (GDP), interest rates, total employment, and consumer spending. This cycle can be induced and repeated through various schemes by the administrations. The “economic cycle” goes into expansion, peak, contraction, and trough periods during its four stages.

During the expansion phase, the economy undergoes rapid growth, interest rates tend to be low, production increases, and inflationary pressures form. The peak of a cycle is gotten when growth hits its maximum speed. Peak growth typically creates some inequities in the economy that need to be adjusted. This correction occurs through a period of shrinkage when growth slows, employment falls, and prices deteriorate. The crib of the cycle is reached when the economy hits a low point and development begins to resume. It is fair to state that insight into economic processes can be helpful for businesses, governments, and investors. But its function is not entirely transparent to the public.

Inflation is the Silent Thief

Inflation is an invisible predator that consumes public wealth. It steals the value of our sweat and blood money. Inflation doesn’t manifest itself immediately, but it creeps on the citizens when the expenses come. Only then, suddenly, we notice that what we have earned before is not enough anymore. The ultimate effect of inflation on individuals is that it creates a cycle of dependency on the socioeconomic monopoly, as described earlier. The type of dependency that people will have a hard time retiring and be forced to borrow money and depend on 3rd party agents, be it the family, government, or charity organization. The cycle of dependency makes the future generations support the older one and thus unable to prepare for their fate.

Real disposable incomes, i.e., the cash, are likely to dip in years to come as the effects of steep increases in outstanding invoices show up. All of that contributed to eliminating Gold as the world economic standard and its consequent monetary normal.

The solution to the Stealing of Inflationism is to eliminate Monopoly.

The answer is to eradicate state control of the money supply. People must strip the government of its power to increase or decrease the printing money into circulation arbitrarily. There must be built-in disciplines toward fiscal responsibility by the government concerning the production of balanced budgets and debt reduction. The government must live within its means to prevent deficits. The establishment of the gold standard will stifle the hidden and ambiguous tax of inflation. We could control inflation if the government were not able to monetize debt or manipulate reserve calls. The only fitting role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate conflicts, and provide a legal framework in which free trade is protected. Predestination, the broad bulk of regulations on the records, do not do that. Instead, most administrations heavily burden businesses and people just trying to make ends meet, prevent companies from hiring new employees, and even force companies to close. That meddles on the rights of citizens to engage in peaceful and honest trade. Finally, the solution is eliminating counterproductive regulations, reducing and barring taxes, and getting the government out of the way of invention and job creation.

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