The Deficit Myth: Book, Speech (And Other) News
Happy holidays! I hope that those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a joyous feast with friends and loved ones. Ordinarily, I would prepare at least a couple of side dishes the day before, but I wasn’t able to do that this year because I spent most of Wednesday in NYC at Danske Bank’s annual New York Summit.
I spoke at the Summit in 2019, and I was invited back to debate/discuss inflation, debt, and deficits with Harvard economist Ken Rogoff. It was a private event, so there is no video. But we had a good discussion, and I had the opportunity to challenge the audience (and Ken) to think differently about why a currency-issuing government (like the U.S., Japan, the U.K., Australia, Canada, etc.) issues securities, whether it has to pay “market rates” on any bonds it chooses to issue, and whether it makes any economic difference whether interest rates are supported via Treasury paying interest on bonds or the Federal Reserve paying interest on reserves. This is all old hat for me, but the arguments were new to much of the audience.
In Other News
Many of you subscribed to this newsletter after reading my first book, The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy. Writing that book was a labor of love, and I am humbled that it continues to serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for so many people. If you haven’t read it, Amazon has chosen to promote the Kindle edition at a special price ($3.99) for the entire month of December.
And now for the big news.
The proposal for my next book went to prospective publishers last month, and the response was nothing short of incredible. I spent the last two weeks meeting with some of the most impressive teams in America, and the book was auctioned yesterday. I am still digesting everything, but I can tell you that I am excited to be “pregnant” with another book (something a friend and well-known author once told me was a prerequisite to grinding out a book).
As the fall semester winds to a close, I am about to go full-throttle. More on the book—title and publisher— coming soon! I hope you will continue the journey with me.