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there is the same sort of supply-and-demand dynamic - an actual market. That is one of them contradictions-of-capitalism that you hear so much about (well - not so much these days, but we used to hear about them). The contradiction in large terms is that, as the ruling class works to consolidate control (stifle competition) in one bailiwick, it sharpens competition between ruling groups. (I love Marxist terminology.)

When you get to the level of foreign reserves, the games become quite serious. China is allowed to build up U.S. dollars, then the Feds unleash inflation at a level that reduces their international value by about half (see the last three years). Then the myriad ramifications of that policy have all of their effects, such as a pissed-off U.S. populace and a pissed-off Chinese ruling class. Interesting times, indeed.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (paulgspencer@gmail.com) on Sun Jun 1st, 2008 at 11:13:57 AM EST
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