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welcome to the kaiser report i'm max kaiser you know the dutch have got the economic bliss. private debt has got them down the housing bubble is bursting bursting bursting the economy is contract ing us terry is biting. on. and unemployment is rising but how is this possible when the dutch current account is positive the government deficit is smaller and exports are doing well something
does not add up we need to bring in stacy herbert to see what the frick is going on over there in the netherlands well max remember at the beginning of this financial crisis when it was and the economic crisis across europe and we needed to bail out greece and spain and italy and portugal and all these people with a profit get bad spending governments of the south well you know now the netherlands were always the one that were pushing the most foster care ity but it turns out private debt might matter more than government debt and the situation deflating housing bubble at heart of netherlands economic blues household spending has been falling for three straight years and it dropped again two point four percent year on year in the second quarter dragging the entire economy down with it so they just economy shrank for the fourth quarter in a row point two percent compared to portugal by the way which is growing ok so this
is a reverse of the wealth effect people say you know what let's blow a real estate bubble and people will feel wealthier and they'll go out and spend but here in the netherlands they created a housing bubble housing prices are now down and you've got all this debt which is down creating huge drag on the economy yes actually house prices are down twenty one percent thirty percent of the population is a negative equity because prices are collapsing actually let's look at this data market chart data market dot com and it shows private debt to g.d.p. and as you can see from one thousand nine hundred to two thousand and ten private sector debt to g.d.p. in the netherlands went from one hundred twenty five percent up to about two hundred twenty five percent at the end of that chart which is two thousand and ten now it's up to two hundred forty percent. so the highest across the euro zone and now we're seeing that the government relatively to other nations anyway across europe is is ok in terms of debt but here you have it the citizen
what used to be known as the citizen the consumer and the economy is collapsing under the weight of the debt they need to build some of those fancy dikes help them from being overwhelmed with debt they need a debt dike you know they're good at building dikes this is a story about the debt in the netherlands if you build a nice big dike you can prevent yourself from being overwhelmed with debt but unfortunately no countries able to effectively build a debt these days and all being overwhelmed with the tsunami of debt well it's also a whack a mole sort of situation because we keep on doing this where this a margin is ation and there's always one answer alone that we want everybody to be the same so at the first everybody was like we all have to be germany we all have to export that forgetting the fact that somebody has to import one person's export and somebody has that import well here we have in the netherlands this also this notion that the
housing bubble all you need is a housing bubble and everything will be fine and as the f.t. points out. at the heart of the netherlands persistent case that the blues economists agree is a slowly deflating housing bubble property values in the netherlands rose as much in the boom years before two thousand and eight as in peripheral european countries like spain leaving the country with the mortgage debt load larger than any other in the eurozone as i said it has dropped twenty one percent housing prices since two thousand and eight right well you know this is really another story which is the importance of private debt in addition to government debt so a lot of these countries are loaded with government debt and then the i.m.f. and all these other institutions coming up to reform your government debt but here is a country as you pointed out here that doesn't have the huge government debt problem but they allow themselves to encumbered themselves with huge amounts of private debt like the u.k. for example they have a huge government debt over
a trillion pounds of government debt but if you include the bank's debt they've got also the household debt and the corporate debt they've got almost a one thousand percent debt to g.d.p. so they're the most one of the most indebted countries in the world yes and now part of the speaking of the u.k. government they are really involved in forcing housing bubbles this is their policy this is their one policy north sea oil is gone all they have is this one thing left and that's how it's in bubbles and of course banking fraud but here in the netherlands also there was basically the government forced this housing bubble bit because the bubble was fuelled by the fact that dutch mortgage interest was fully tax deductible a strong incentive in a country of high income taxes dutch banks developed a series of unique complex mortgage products to help borrowers maximize the tax benefits once again the government is interfering with the market which is you see
this all over the world really either have a market based economy or add a centrally planned economy but don't try to mix and match and take the worst of both policy. but worlds here's the worst of both possible worlds you have a centrally planned economy in europe from the e.c.b. the european central bank that's artificially keeping interest rates low that already stoke all kinds of speculation and bubbles and housing and stocks but you also have the governments coming in and saying we'll give you a tax advantage on top of the free money what happens to prices in that market situation they become completely distorted so you really have to decide what the world us to decide whether they want free market capitalism or free markets of some stripe or whether they want to censor the planet scott economics is right now the u.s. essentially plan from ben bernanke it's essentially planned soviet era economy and the results are predictable you've got millions and millions on the breadline and they called food stamps now and it gets worse from there it's not only government intervention however as they say banks always collude with them and they come in
with these complex derivatives complex products that are supposed to their toll you know the the consumer is told this is going to lower your costs in their miraculously give you all sorts to wealth this is our wealth creation this is replace what used to be wealth creation in the original capitalism where we used to you know turn resources and products into we said add wealth to it now we just hide the wealth in the banking accounts of these bankers banking is not an industry that you can really grow beyond a certain threshold because it's a very simple business it's like a utility business they they provide a basic service but banks to an answer bottom line of come up with products can sit sophisticated complicated interest rate swaps these types of products products to enhance or bottom line which do more damage than anything else even lord sugar who's a big wheel here in the u.k. is suing his bank for having missed sold him interest rates drop swap product like
so many companies around the u.k. are doing because the banks they're not satisfied with just providing basic service they feel is the case in the netherlands where they have to take my. good use they have to reset your ties on that the repackage them and create all kinds of new products around the basic services which are now exploding in their face because by the way interest rates around the world are going higher which of course makes all these products value go down now remember the dutch were at the forefront of braiding the likes of greece and portugal for their profit spending their government spending so the f.t. points out however here in the netherlands the current account has been more positive in the netherlands than in germany almost every year of the euro's existence the dutch public deficit was consistently smaller than the german one before the crisis and their view of economic policy to the dutch often outdo the germans insisting more loudly them berlin on painful deficit cuts in portugal and other deficit states as the price they have to pay for the financial rescues as an
example they imposed austerity just to prove that it can be done and this is part of the reason why the spiralling house price collapse is they've withdrawn a lot of child tax credits health insurance costs have gone up so the consumer is withdrawing rapidly right so you've got an ideology that's informing the public to commit financial suicide even though the evidence on the ground is clear that these policies are are horrible we have what your guest will talk about is this alice in wonderland economy where austerity for example has never been imposed upon bankers their costs get lower and lower and lower and lower and lower and lower down the looking glass and into the rabbit hole of zero rates for them where all the costs whether it's for health insurance and i'll care that's an ideology. that at low interest rates are always is always good just like drinking arsenic laced kool-aid
is always liberating. but as it goes good. well you know so a lot of the the governments in the banks do this to foster the animal spirits right to encourage people to feel good have the wealth effect do well keep yes the wealth effect of rising house prices. even though it's backed by rising debt consumers somehow still feel good so i want to move on to the next story google patents paper gays tracking that could measure and emotional response to real world ads so google has granted a patent for paper gaze advertising which would employ a google glass like sense or an order to identify when consumers are looking at advertisements in the real world and online and they will measure the dilation of your pupils to see what your emotional responses to this but you could see this being deployed against all citizens how they're feeling towards.
george oz however i also have got a bit of a copy of the understand these are these are these are the new google glass this is paper gays ga z. and so what happens and i look at it and i get i get built i get charged presumably you're looking at me you're having a deep emotional response and now they want to sell you something to do what they were seeing comes to mind. but well this paper gaze ok this is according to google's own patent application filed in two thousand and eleven paper gaze advertising need not be limited to online advertisements but rather can be extended to conventional advertisement media including billboards magazines newspapers and other forms of conventional print media ok right so i see a billboard the net with my eyeball the pad charges the person selling the yes i gazed on that as paper gaze right yeah oh and potentially everything has an ad to
it so the. need to force like like ducks on a fork also farm in france where they stuffed them with all the grain until the livers become distended in the way they harvest them they'll be in need to stuff our eyeballs with more adds even more than we're already being stuffed with that will be as with an answer that ends well on top of this. talk of ducks on a foggy off farm and it's hard to look at you with. a paper game but you know standing right now i know the circulation knows we've got a lot of money being paid by my thoughts of what i'm gazing at when sick georgia sinkers for example of get paid a huge amount of money when schools become dead zones of the imagination bill and melinda gates foundation has provided a five hundred thousand dollars grant to clemson university to do a pilot study in which students would wear galvanic skin bracelets with wireless sensors that would track their physiological responses to various stimuli in the schools so bill and melinda gates have also patterned something similar to the
students. those in those head start programs the ones that are already monitored surveyed and everything now we're going to censor motional response to very stimuli are they offended by the eradication of native american indians are they the sort that are outraged by governmental has for a life oh you didn't pay or student loan this quarter so the biometric bill gates spends a bracelet we're going to. marry oh oh oh are going. to get my guys i was some serious technology all right stacy with thanks being on the kaiser report thank you max. stay tuned for the second of all level. to the future to guns drills and took its existence on this one show we found out
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welcome back to the kaiser report imax geysers i'm out of turn two and pepper four of prime economics dot org and welcome to the kaiser report thank you great to be him diane you've caused a sensation with this alice in wonderland phrase that's what viral all over the world because you nailed it so talk to us a little bit about alice in wonderland what are you talking about there well what i thought about is that there's all this frosted excitement in britain about the recovery and kind of worried me because i wondered what is it based on what are the fundamentals and the more you looked at it the fundamentals of the flea no investment. falling incomes with which to go shopping trade imbalances north south imbalance is that the economy is deeply dysfunctional so where is all this fuss and excitement coming from and for me it seems delusional which is where the alice bit comes in you know she goes into this fairy land and and it's delusional because
it's based on basically payday lending we're living beyond our means here in the u.k. proudly we think we've done it before we can do it again and that's inflating prices it will cause greater trade imbalances because we'll second imports from elsewhere because we can't we don't make things anymore here we buy things from others and we haven't got anything to buy it with because we don't sell things we don't make things so we borrow. in order to live and it's kind of crazy right and it's delusional if you think it's recovery it's alice in wonderland i now want to land of course is a payday lender and that just raised the analyzed rates of interest at the charging to five thousand percent now we talk about it on this show and we also talk about a concept called interest rate apartheid so as you describe in the u.k. the government is living on borrowed money the debts and the deficits are rising then you know the consumer gets going. into debt using payday lending exploit the
they're not equal borrowers in other words for the friends of george osborne and friends of the government they can borrow from the bank of england for half a percent but if you're living on a council estate somewhere you go to five thousand percent if you're in a semi a small business higher rates than you would get if you're let's say a friend of goldman sachs or maybe has a good anchor or to clear the insiders so this interest rate apartheid really discriminating against people who are not willing to be clubbed to kratz because remember the cheapest money the cheapest loans go to the hardest kleptocrats the hardest financial criminals in the society is discrimination against being a non kleptocrat yet no it's a discrimination against being a productive member of the economy someone who makes things and does things if you're a small business you know if you if you're out there trying even if you're a consumer you try to do something and you are discriminated against and what
annoys me i mean i have. a big go bad world of bankers and so on what i don't like is when public civil servants actually aid the process so we have the central bank those in the united kingdom but also the united states sell silly recapitalizing the banks through a kind of carry trade keep from the bank of england lend to did to some poor businessman in the in the midlands who's got some big ideas which may be risky but it may be amazingly innovative so you talk to him fifteen percent and that way you clean up your rotten balance sheets you know and i do and i'm in favor of the banks keeping up to their balance sheets but why a civil servants and why is a nationalized bank the bank of england doing this for the private sector and not for the rest of us so there's a real not so i think what apartheid phrase here is very very powerful because it's about discrimination is. discrimination between the make. because and those who
just shake the tree and collect the borrowers that are always a speculator are given free money essentially the part the savers and workers have to pay through the nose yet for the credit but this idea of a carry trade i want to focus on this for a second because you've described one where there's an enormous interest rate spread between the out there the midlands who are maybe have a small factory or the enemy small medium sized enterprise and that seems to be inequitable but there's also internally a carry trade where the bank of england is lending to these big to fail to bag. fail banks but they're not lending it out there to the s m e's the small to medium enterprises either they're actually putting it back on the balance sheet of the bank of england and there's a carry trade there they're making a positive spread yeah i mean what's i mean look for me what is most bizarre about what's going on max is that. we invented banks and we developed a whole banking system for the sole purpose the sopa the civilian going into the economy and right now what's happened is that banking system is being turned on its
head instead of lending into the economy the economy is lending to banks it's really bizarre and it's historically unprecedented we've never been in a situation where we've had to lend to the banks in order to keep the banks well from going completely bust because many of them in my view are effectively insolvent and they're just kind of extending and pretending for those families to focus on that for a second because they're insolvent and that their balance sheets are loaded with bonds that they say are what one hundred cents on the dollar but they're only worth one hundred cents of the dollar of the bank of england keeps buying them at one hundred cents so that once they stop their mark to market they get a real value based on supply and demand and they would immediately declare all four banks in this country the big ones would be insolvent correct well i think so i mean because nobody really knows what the value of those risk weighted assets because they possible that we don't know what the weighted assets are these big four banks but we know that the government is down there heathrow airport picking on visitors from brazil and i've stays with laptops full of information and anti-terrorism act in other words the banks committing acts of financial terror and
should the government be concerned about that as they are concerned about let's say what's going on in other countries journalistically max it's far too logical far too sensible to come in sensible but there is a deeper thing here which is why is the government getting so oppressive at a time when it's so protective of what are effectively often fraudulent financial act basically and is that because the government is very fifths of social unrest and of i mean all of the surveillance of all of us citizens you don't need to survey us if you thought we were likely to stand up one day and give you a hard time and i got a little rest for second hand because you know the. riots that broke out a couple of years ago yeah cameron of course you know pointed at that and was talking about the need to more for more law and order yeah all simultaneously
letting let's say h.s.b.c. off the hook for laundering billions of drug cartel money yeah and he doesn't see connection between riots in the council of the states and the policies that are creating these enormous wealth an income gap is the wrong. i think is absolutely wrong i don't think you can polarize your society to that extent and expect your society to be grateful what strikes me though max is that actually there's been very little on risk really considering i mean there was that flare up that summer which i i mean i don't want to make a direct link but i there's no doubt that there was a huge amount there's a sense of i can see everybody else having fancy teles and wearing fancy shoes and stuff and i think i can't and that sense of you know. wrongness was clearly at the heart of that but if you think back to twenty nine in the big crash in twenty nine nothing happened between twenty nine and thirty three and i'm very fascinated by the american in the history of the american period because roosevelt came to power
but almost without a social movement behind him the trade unions were new to it was a little bit of upset around pensions from veterans who had been collected hadn't been given their pensions and therefore went to the white house and made a bit of a castle but but actually and farmers burnt down their farms because of debt of course so there was social. unease and there but there wasn't a revolution there wasn't an uprising and i think there's two reasons for that which is that people are really scared they're really frightened they deeply in debt they're vulnerable they're exposed and but also they're confused they don't understand you know they don't know send they hear we've no money i get very angry about the story the story goes around every day the politician says oh we can't afford welfare we can't deal with with poor people we can't afford better housing we can't do that because we have no money and yet as. congressman burned
itself and as found you know the federal reserve and the treasury between them some sixteen trillion dollars with which to bail out the banking system and where that money come from it came out of sinead you know it came from nowhere it wasn't taxation money it wasn't taxed so we found money to bail out the the banks. confines money to look after the poor in the vulnerable in our society and people don't understand that people who know there's money out there but they can't and i think i think there's a i think your show plays a really valuable parts into that educating and helping people understand i just think the web is amazing because before this time really it was very hard to find out more if you didn't belong to the orthodox club you would just carved out of all discussion because my solution is called it's interesting apartheid in other words the big banks have money because they convince the governments that in the case of the u.s. the u.k. either you lend us at this extraordinarily low rate of half a percent to zero or we're going to crash the system they have threatened they
extort the others don't have the ability to crash the entire system to extort you as they do but let's get back to why there's not more social unrest here in the u.k. i just read a study discussing about why there's no more social unrest in the u.s. as well and they're saying one of the biggest reasons is student debt there were the students in the sixty's they revolted they stopped the vietnam war they had a social movement but they didn't have the debt yet these days students haven't they were graduating us with forty thousand dollars in debt so it's and there's a huge debt i mean just five six years ago. education was quote unquote free yet here in this country than there is a top of the and that's just raced right ahead it's become onerous if you think that's a factor oh absolutely and actually it's really it's really almost evil max you know this this is this burdening of a whole society and debt and and and and you're absolutely right suppressing it and doing that in a way which is
a complete key country to to the free market system because the only thing i mean i gree entirely that there is a party for interest rates but there's a party this geographical apartheid here in in britain you know if you're from the north or you're from london there's housing apart tate's there's all kinds of polarization and. and that's a pothead combined with debt is is really making it really hard for people to organize so we know there's always been class struggle but what people don't understand is that there's also a new way to enforce this class struggle using interest rates which they don't appreciate they think it's a good idea that i can borrow money at five thousand percent a year and they don't see how that plays into their overall being subjected to the pressures of an organized criminal syndicate of bankers and politicians speaking of criminals george osborne has helped to buy scheme is this some called it's a politically ingenious way to buy the next election but economically it's sucks no absolutely i could to help to buy votes right here well said thank you for being on
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