Just wanted to let everyone know about a presentation that aired on Cspan’s Book TV. It is a 2 hour panel discussion titles: Global Economy: Crisis Without End. It was held 2/17/12. Click hereto bring up the show.
What I found most interesting was the different perspectives between Krugman and Sachs. I’m not sure, but I don’t think either realized they were talking about the “crisis” from 2 different perspectives which leads to 2 different answers to what needs to be done. Thus, they come across as if the other is wrong, when in my opinion, they are both correct. Krugman says we need to do more now. Yes we do. Sach’s says we need to take the long view and start changing the direction we are going, namely calling for higher revenue raising by the government to be spent on the nation’s infrastructure, and he did not just mean physical infrastructure. I guess you would say he was calling for the government folks to get real about raising capital and then doing capital expenditures. Not exactly the thinking I would have expected from Sach’s considering his start in economic life: Shock Therapy.
Maybe I was just seeing the difference in Keynes vs Neoclassic Econ meets Bono? So as much as Sach’s appears to be calling for the correct long term solution, I don’t trust him as the one to lead the charge.
It was a very good discussion and there is more there than what I have keyed on.