“Bernanke has cultivated this idea that he is a brilliant scholar of The Great Depression, but that’s not true at all.” -David Stockman

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from David, but attached is an interview he did with Mises.org. As usual he’s full of valuable insights and contrarian thinking. Enjoy.

(From Lew Rockwell)

What Bernanke did was basically copy Milton Friedman’s misguided and very damaging theory that the Federal Reserve didn’t expand its balance sheet fast enough by massive open market purchases of government debt during the Great Depression. Bernanke therefore claimed that monetary stringency deepened and lengthened the depression, but in fact interest rates plummeted during the crucial 1930-1933 period: credit contracted due to genuine and widespread insolvencies in the agricultural districts and industrial boom towns, causing bank deposits to shrink as a passive consequence. So Bernanke had cause and effect upside down — a historical error that he replicated with reckless abandon in response to the bursting of the housing and credit bubble in 2008.

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