Paul Einzig, from 1932

It is often argued that Governments are in a position to inflate by carrying out ambitious schemes of public works. Undoubtedly during the earlier stages of the crisis such measures might have produced the desired effect.  At present, however, they could hardly be adopted on any large scale.  Practically every Government has a huge budgetary deficit, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to raise loans for meeting the extraordinary expenditure of such public works.  Any attempt to borrow for such purposes would inevitably lead to a further accentuation of distrust, which must be avoided at all costs.

No matter what your point of view on fiscal policy, you can find that quotation to be scary.  That is from this book, p.103, and I thank Michael Reddell for the pointer.

Here is a post on whether an austerity placebo can work.


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