Jason Hartman uses this episode to discuss economic and real estate headlines. He looks at real wage increases and discusses how that could impact interest rates. Then he explains his idea of Economic Berlin Walls and communism versus capitalism. In the discussion, he talks about jobless claims, economics, and Keynesianism.

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Jason Hartman 0:52
Welcome and thank you so much for joining me today. This is Episode 1054 1054. This is your host, Jason Hartman. So here we go. Let’s dive in first to a couple of economic update things. The White House says that wages are growing faster than traditional measures indicate wage inflation can contribute to rising interest rates. And that is exactly what is happening. Yes. You know, I interviewed john Williams, from shadow stats on the show. And he keeps a great website that keeps track of the statistics behind the statistics. And you know, it is amazing how easy it is to spin things and to lie about things. The statistics that the government is putting out, are not the whole story. So they’re a guide, okay, they’re a benchmark. Well, they’re not even a benchmark sometimes because remember when I did that episode quite a few years ago, on how the government really put A lot of pressure on various agencies, including a non governmental agency, the Federal Reserve, but in the 70s, and we’re going to hear something about the 70s, which is a very interesting decade from an economics perspective. Today, I’m going to play you a little clip about the 70s that I think you’ll be interested in. I talked in that interview about how Federal Reserve chairs or changing the definition on how they measured inflation, and of course, you know, they do this in these three major ways weighting substitution and hedonic. I talked about that many times before. If you are new to the show, just type that in at Jason hartman.com, any of those keywords, and you’ll find by episodes about that, by the way, if you are new to the show, or you would just like a review, check out our hand picked episodes I know with 1054 episodes, it is a little bit tough to know what to do, either. No many of you, thank you so much for spending so much time with us. You go back and you listen to all the episodes and some of you listen to all of them two and three times. I love it. Thank you. I’m honored. But, but if you’d like sort of some hand picked episodes, especially if you’re new to the show, go to Jason hartman.com, slash start, Jason hartman.com slash start. Those are some handpicked episodes that can help you get some of the basics down. You can check that out there. Okay, so what else is going on? Well, trade issues continue to keep mortgage rates a little lower than they might otherwise be. Right. You know, there’s this trade war going on. And I think the trade war is frankly long overdue. It had to happen. It needs to happen. I know. I can hear all my libertarian friends out there saying, Hey, I built myself as a libertarian. But like I’ve said before, when you don’t have a level playing field, you can’t have completely free open trade. So hey, look, what do you want? Do you want jobs? Do you want high paying jobs? Or do you want cheap stuff at the store? You know, if you can’t have it both ways, we’ve got to trade one for the other. So as they talk about how well the trade war like I saw an article today, I think was Wall Street Journal. It said the trade war could hurt apple. Sure, of course, it could hurt Apple. Apple makes a lot of stuff in China, the price of their products may likely increase, folks compared to what compared to what look at

Jason Hartman 4:37
consumer products are so incredibly cheap. They’re so cheap, that I think we really need to kind of check our expectations at the door, don’t you? Look, if you’ve been around a while, like I have, you know, that stuff is cheap. I remember, you know, I’ve only really in my adult life. had maybe two times in my life where I financially struggled a little bit. One was in the early 90s. When I overextended myself a little bit, and we weren’t going right into a recession. I remember, I bought this at the time, expensive home in Turtle Rock in an area in Irvine, California. And I think I paid you know, this is going to, you’re going to think, Jason, this is no big deal. Why were you stressed about that? Well, interest rates were much higher at the time. I think I paid 425,000 which back then, was an expensive home. I mean, look, Turtle Rock is the most prestigious area or at least was at the time the most prestigious area in a very expensive city, Irvine, California. And I remember I did that and I got a new BMW 740 I at the same time, and you know, my eyes were a little bigger than my stomach. I was buying a bunch of furniture and I had At a property that wasn’t performing that well, and you know, business wasn’t great, because we were in a recession, I had a lot of listings that weren’t selling. I told you when I was in traditional real estate, and this was about that time, by the way, I had 38 listings at one time, and exactly half of them were vacant, as people were leaving California to find jobs elsewhere. Like I say, the best thing you can have on a resume is mobility. Mobility is the best thing to have on a resume. You need to be able to go to where the jobs are. And interestingly, like that, I believe it was time magazine could have been Newsweek a few years back, I’ve talked about this article. It was the cover story. It was pretty famous. It talked about how home ownership oddly, I mean, most people think hey, homeownership is good. It’s good for society. It’s good for people to put down roots. It’s good for people to invest whenever Anybody buys a home or not even buys a home just moves into a new home. They spend money like crazy. Hey, that’s what I was doing in about 1994 give or take. I’m not exactly sure the year it’s been a while, but around 1994 and I remember I struggled them a little bit, but you know, made it through just fine. And then the other time I struggled, was in the early 2000s. When I had purchased this real estate company, I was turning it around. I was spending a lot of money. We moved in to a big, beautiful new class A office, and I spent about $60,000 on cubicles and office furniture and all this stuff. And then guess what happened? Well, two bad things happen number one, that franchise or of our real estate company sold to a another bigger company that just kind of decimated the whole franchise network. So that was bad. But wait, there’s more than then guess what happened after that, you know what I’m gonna say 911 the terrible tragedy of 911 happened. And I remember business was so slow, you could roll bowling balls down to I always have my offices between the cubicles. And that was the other time I really struggled. But one of the things that can and you know, made it through that one just fine, ultimately, but it turned out to be actually quite good. But that was probably the hardest eight years of my life was that real estate company that I owned before the traditional real estate company that I ultimately ended up selling to Coldwell Banker. It was hard, that was a really, really tough period. probably the toughest thing I’ve ever done is turn that company around, keep it afloat through the business changes through 911. And through all the normal challenges you have in business, right? One of the things that is interesting is when you look back on those times, I remember when I was buying furniture for my house in Turtle Rock, when I was furnishing that real estate office when I was buying things for it. consumer products were so much more expensive. I mean, look, how much would an iPhone cost you in 1994? How much would an iPhone cost you in 2001? As Buzz Lightyear says, to infinity and beyond, right because it didn’t exist. Technology has gotten so much better and so much cheaper. The first cell phone I ever owned, weighed 14 pounds and costs 30 $200. Okay, let’s be a little grateful. You know, people talk about the thousand dollar phone. I mean, my iPhone cost 1200 bucks. Okay. I don’t think that’s very expensive, frankly, in inflation adjusted dollars. My first 30 $200 phone that weighed 14 pounds and strictly was a phone. That’s all it did is make calls and receive calls. And then the phone bills. Oh, you Yeah, remember how expensive cell phone bills used to be? I remember one month, I had an $800 cell phone bill. Now, everybody gets upset if their carrier charges them 130 bucks versus 110 bucks. I mean, folks, let’s be grateful a little bit right? stuff is cheap we can afford. I know, you think I’m crazy, we can afford to pay a little bit more for stuff to have high quality jobs in the United States. And it’s not a complete trade off. I get that I understand the complexities and intricacies of this. But by and large when you back up, it can’t have both. You got to give something up to have those good high paying jobs. And as we know, Americans have not had a raise in real dollar income for decades until just recently. Finally, we’re seeing real dollar wage growth adjusted for inflation in real dollars. wage growth, interest rates probably a little bit lower as we see rates are going up now, probably a little bit lower than they would otherwise be the compared to what question because of the trade war. Okay. So Redfin, that real estate company that’s sort of in the techie space, you know, they said that the mortgage interest rate increases aren’t really scaring buyers away yet. Only 2.6% of the buyers in their survey, who knows how many people they surveyed, maybe it was 10.6 of them said, they decided to postpone their home search because of rising interest rates. Harvard Business School says that the Starbucks effect remember we’ve talked about this before. This is the idea that when you have a Starbucks in a neighborhood, there actually is and it’s not because of Starbucks. Starbucks is simply a it’s a measuring stick, right? They’re usually in areas that are a little bit more on upscale a little bit more swanky. And so the Starbucks effect actually does increase home prices by about a half a percent in a given zip code. Now, that’s pretty good considering that according to core logic, the home price index reports that in July shows home prices on a year over year basis, rose by 6.2%. Okay. However, these price increases are definitely slowing. We are definitely seeing a slowdown in price increases, no question about it. divide it up, though. You gotta divide it up, you’ve got to segment things, because in the low price properties, prices are still rising, the high price properties prices are softening. Will they meet in the middle? Now what is high price and low price mean? Well, it depends on the market. But in any given market, you can stratify that market and segment it into low, medium, high right? ultra high end. I was looking at homes today here in Florida, as I am house hunting for a permanent residence and I cannot believe how much wealth is in this state. I was out with a friend of mine. She’s a realtor and we were looking around and the amount of money in the state of Florida is truly mind boggling. The yachts, the mansions. It’s incredible. This coastline is so long on the eastern coast of Florida. And there is there’s just gobs of money here. Now there’s definitely some bad areas to that aren’t aren’t very nice at all. But boy you get on in some of these areas and they are like a Beverly Hills and other beverly hills of Bel Air Bel Air. You know I’m comparing it to Los Angeles, California, my hometown, and Beverly Hills and Bel Air are these very high end areas. I probably don’t need to tell you that. You know why? Because everyone around the world is probably heard of the show. nine oh What? Oh, right Beverly Hills. So, and I bet you all know also, and I wonder how many people have actually, I think I call this number once this phone number. It’s a famous number in a famous song.

Jason Hartman 14:15
Oh 8675309 Jenny. Yeah, you can you can call Jenny at that number 8675309. Do you know the reference to that song? Well, there you go. So 90210 Hi area, obviously, and lots of money in the state of Florida. Why? Well, it’s a very business friendly state. It’s a state that has no state income tax, and it’s very friendly to business. So all these wealthy hedge fund people, they make their money on Wall Street, and they always get a second home down here and they probably try to claim Florida residency, of course, if they’re smart, or if they can get away with it, because I’m sure the Socialist Republic of need York has their claws out, just like California does. These states are building as I have coined the term many years ago. Economic Berlin walls. Okay. When I visited Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin first time in the early 90s. Boy, I tell you with my morbid fascination, and it is morbid my morbid fascination about communism. You know, I wish I would have gone there before the wall fell, because it just would have been so fascinating to see how people could live in such a different world and you’d still be on planet Earth. I mean, going to a place like North Korea would be fascinating if I wasn’t so chicken you know, going even to Myanmar Burma, right. You know, that would be fascinating to now I have been to Cuba about 12 years ago. I guess. That was quite fascinating. Now that I’m here in South Florida. I’m going to take another trip to Cuba real soon and we’re probably Probably going to take our venture Alliance mastermind group to Cuba. We were talking about that last year and never got around to it. So we’ll probably do that. In one of these upcoming trips for the venture Alliance mastermind, by the way, if you’re interested in the venture Alliance join us in Hawaii after our profits in paradise conference the first week of November on Waikiki Beach, at the most iconic resort on Waikiki Beach. So you can join us check out more details on those two events at Jason Hartman calm and if you register for profits in Paradise, we are for the first time ever, we have never done this. In all of the many, many events we’ve had for many years. For venture Alliance. We were are actually offering a 25% discount, if you want to do both events if you want to go to the venture Alliance event in Hawaii, right after the profits and paradise event in Waikiki. Okay. So join us for that. Jason hartman.com check that out the jobless claims. Now, this is interesting. This is amazing. The jobless claims fell two are you sitting down? This is how strong the economy is, at least for now, at least for now. And it’s not gonna stay this way forever. Because what goes up must come down as we know. And we are already already talking to you, our listeners and our clients about preparing for the next cycle. That’s one of the things we’re going to talk about quite a bit in Hawaii, by the way. So be sure to come to profits in Paradise and we’ll talk about that. So a 49 year low 49 year low 50 years basically right. As private payrolls increased in August. That’s just amazing. Wow. times they are booming, aren’t they? The sustained labor market strength should continue to drive economic growth. Definitely, definitely. So it’s pretty amazing how incredibly strong the economy is, as we talk about investing in income property. You know, we’ve held some contests over the years and we’ve asked for your participation. We send you surveys, we do things like this. And I love your commentary. All of you listeners, you just have great insights, great commentary, great ideas, different ways of thinking of things. And I love hearing that from you. So look for another survey. If you’re a client of ours, it’s coming your way soon. Check that out. Definitely. And please answer the surveys. I read every single response myself, okay. Just like the evaluations that are live conferences. I read every evaluation myself, most of them are extremely positive. So we appreciate that. I always make a few people angry usually with political comment. Yep, sorry, sorry, sorry. You know, hey, it’s entertaining some of the stuff I do, say for entertainment value, right?

Jason Hartman 19:10
Not just education. But here’s a couple comments from some of our listeners and I just thought you would like to hear them. So here we go.

Listener 19:18
This is Blake Bollman. What motivated you to take action and purchase your first income property? Number one, passive cash flow number two tax savings and number three, the stock market. Other forms of saving for retirement peddled by financial advisors, or what long term goals have you set for yourself? How will income property help you get there? My goal is to have 10 to 20 single family houses by the time I retire so that I would have a stream of income that will match what my monthly income would have been while still working. Like

Jason Hartman 19:50
those are That’s awesome. I mean, great response and when you say Wall Street or the stock market motivated you to get into the income property investing world Well, hey, I can see why because it is read

Listener 20:03
some Craig Ballenger. What motivated you to take action and purchase your first income property. Learning more about real estate investing, I decided it was a best investment for me and my family to secure our financial future. I believe that making the right investments and managing them wisely will give you a better retirement than the usual retirement plans employers provide. What long term goals have you set for yourself? How will income property help you get there? I want to have more freedom when it comes to my finances. My long term goal is to have 15 to 20 properties by the time my son graduates college and about 16 to 17 years.

Jason Hartman 20:38
That’s a great goal. You noticed instead of reading these myself, I had someone voice them so they sound a lot better than me. Right? But awesome goals. I mean, those are awesome goals. You know, a lot of people come to us buying maybe their first property or you know, they’ve got a couple income properties already and they want to buy some more and they’ve got these Giant goals and hey, nothing’s wrong with giant goals, of course. I mean, that’s fantastic. You know, you want to buy 50 or 100 or 200 properties. That’s great, right? But you know, you don’t need to, right? Just get yourself a dozen properties, okay, have a dozen income properties, and have them for several years, and you will be very, very well off. Ultimately, it’s the most historically proven asset class in the entire world. Who says that? Oh, Jason Hartman guy says that. Thank you for the great comments. We’ll play some more on a future episode. I want to play another little clip and comment on it from that fantastic book I recommended several episodes ago. It’s entitled debt the first 5000 years by David graver, it’s fantastic now he definitely has Well, at least my perception, a left wing perspective as well. Most authors do, frankly, it seems like the vast majority of books have a left leaning perspective politically. But the guy is fascinating. The book is fascinating. You’ve got to get this book. It’s really, really good. And here, he talks a little bit about how the Keynesian bargain, right you know, john Maynard Keynes, very famous economist, probably the second most influential economist in all history, the first most influential, and I hate to say it, because I mean, his ideas ultimately, created tons of human tragedy. I think Keynes’s ideas great a lot of human tragedy, too, but not to the extent of the number one economist of all time. You know who that is? It’s Karl Marx. Yeah, sadly, isn’t it? Karl Marx, I mean, his ideas you read Das Kapital and I remember studying that years ago is ideas. They make a lot of sense on paper. But the fact is, they are opposed to human nature. And they fall apart in practice. And sadly, Karl Marx is, you could even say he’s responsible for the deaths of maybe 150 million people. Okay? indirectly, of course, he was just the idea, man, he didn’t do any of this, at least not that I’m aware of. But all these things were carried out by people like Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Chairman Mao, you know, these were the people that carried out the very bad strategies of socialism and communism, you know, socialism was just a minor player version of communism. It’s ugly, big brother. But anyway, check out what happened here. As we were in the late 60s into the 70s as the book that first 5000 years describes it fast Fascinating Listen,

Listener 24:02
and with the disappearance of its rocky aspect in it besides will suffer a sea change. It will be Moreover, a great advantage of the order of events which I am advocating the euthanasia of the Ron ta of the functionless investor will be nothing second, and will need no revolution.

Jason Hartman 24:16
By the way, Ron ta is a word I had to look up because I didn’t know what he meant. But every time you read or listen to a book, you learn a few new vocabulary words out hopefully, well, the Ron TA, that’s a Marxist term. And basically, it is a sort of a capitalist that hogs things right that monopolizes industries, or access to any financial physical or intellectual asset, right? And without contributing to society. Now, the capitalist is a little different than the Ron da. Because, you know, in these words, by the way, Wikipedia says we’re never actually used by Marx. They became Marxist, you know, they were part of the Marxist lexicon. Ultimately, the capitalist has to contribute something back because the capitalist is forced to take at least some of his or her profits and reinvest them. Why are they forced to do that? competition forces them to do that, because they’ve always got to keep up with the competition. And so that competitive free market, forces them to reinvest or ultimately they just become irrelevant, right. We’ve seen that happen so many times.

Listener 25:34
When the Keynesian settlement was finally put into effect after World War Two, it was offered only to a relatively small slice of the world’s population.

Jason Hartman 25:41
And remember, Keynes was the one who was all about priming the pump. The john Maynard Keynes philosophy, Keynesianism was about priming the pump. In other words, saying, hey, look, you know, the government should spend in advance and spend to kind of get things going to prime the public You know, we need the government to do that because the free market can’t do it by itself, which, of course is not really true. But the Keynesians, they tend to control governments because when you’re a Keynesian, you have more power because you’re controlling the purse strings. And then you’ve got crony capitalism. You’ve got Elon Musk smoking pot on a podcast. We got to talk about that. By the way, Ilan musk. I guess the guy lost it. I mean, he’s just really, I don’t know, nother discussion for a different episode, but wow, Ilan, come on, man. I mean, you’re really getting a little crazy. You know, when he did that Tesla lost. I think what was the number it was like 4.6 billion with a B dollars in market value. Because he was on that podcast smoking a joint. I think it’s fair to say the investors should be suing him. I mean, that is the guy is just being very irresponsible if he asked me Okay, let’s see. Tangent over, let’s get back to business.

Listener 27:03
As time went on, more and more people wanted in on the deal, almost all of the popular movements of the period from 1945 to 1975. Even perhaps revolutionary movements could be seen as demands for inclusion demands for political equality that assumed equality was meaningless without some level of economic security. This was true not only of movements by minority groups in North Atlantic countries who would first been left out of the deal, such as those for whom Dr. King spoke, but what were then called national liberation movements from Algeria to Chile, or Finally, and perhaps most dramatically, in the late 1960s and 1970s. feminism. At some point in the 70s, things reached the breaking point, it would appear that capitalism as a system simply cannot extend that such a deal to everyone, quite possibly it wouldn’t even remain viable if all its workers were free wage laborers. Certainly it will never be able to provide everyone in the world the sort of life lived by say a 1960s Auto worker in Michigan or Turin with his own house, garage and children in college

Jason Hartman 27:59
cornado Workers used to make a lot of money before automation before the whole deal came along that caused stagnation in American wages. Right. And it wasn’t just automation. Of course it’s government policies. It’s globalism. I mean, I’d say globalism has probably hurt the American worker more than anything. Yeah, I know, everything’s cheap at the store, right? But you’re gonna pay for it by not having high paying jobs. So which one do you want? I say, you gotta, we got to shift the balance a little more toward the high paying jobs and more jobs, both both of those things. Now remember what I also say. He’s talking about how people were disgruntled because in the late 60s and the 70s, they felt that they were left out of the deal. I always say capitalism is the most popular religion in all human history. Capitalism. Yeah, because it’s so natural. It is totally natural for people to trade capitalism is a very natural thing. Okay, let’s just wrap this up here we got

Listener 29:12
to go. And this was truly even before so many of those children began demanding lis stultifying lives, the result might be termed a crisis of inclusion. By the late 1970s. The existing order was clearly in a state of collapse, playing simultaneously by financial chaos, food riots, oil shock, widespread Doomsday prophecies of the end of growth, and ecological crisis, all of which it turned out proved to be ways of putting the populace on notice that all deals were all. The moment that we start framing the story this way, it’s easy to see that the next 30 years the period from roughly 1978 to 2009, follows nearly the same path. I want to point something out

Jason Hartman 29:47
by the way, consumer prices of course, were much higher in the 70s. We had the Jimmy Carter misery index. We had stagflation, people have less than paid more in It was a pretty bad deal. I mean, the 70s is potentially one of the most interesting economic decades to study. But I want you to notice something, if you could gauge the prosperity of the world by one thing,

Jason Hartman 30:15
one thing, and you maybe all have seen these satellite pictures the earth from outer space at night over China, and South Korea and the Korean Peninsula and Japan, and you see that North Korea is just dark. It’s dark, right? And there’s light all around it. I want you to think back to the 70s. I mean, I remember the 70s as a kid, I remember how dark it was literally dark, no light, not much light. I remember being on the 405 freeway, the San Diego freeway, as mom was driving the car, and thinking all these streetlights are out and there weren’t even that many streetlights. And I remember the first time I ever went up to Hollywood Boulevard, where they have these like, triple double and triple streetlights It was really well lit. The world used to be really dark. Okay. And it’s very brightly lit. Now, that is a major I say of prosperity. It’s kind of like these funny majors like the skyscraper index, how they talk about how the skyscraper index is a sign that a bubble is coming, when all these countries are building really record breaking skyscrapers, right? It’s a sign that the bubble is near. Maybe that’s true. We’ve talked about it before. Okay, let’s wrap this up.

Listener 31:41
Except that the deal the settlement have changed, certainly when both ronald reagan in the United States and Margaret Thatcher in the UK launched a systematic attack on the power of labor unions, as well as on the legacy of Keynes. It was a way of explicitly declaring labor unions were becoming irrelevant at that time. That all previous deals were off. Everyone could now have political rights even by the 1990s most everyone in Latin America and Africa, but political rights were to become economically meaningless. The link between productivity and wages was chopped to bits. Productivity rates have continued to rise but wages have stagnated or even atrophied. This was a company that first buyer returned to monetarism, the doctrine that even though money was no longer in any way based in gold, or in any other commodity government and central bank policy should be primarily concerned with carefully controlling the money supply to ensure that it acted as if it were a scarce commodity, even as at the same time, the financialization of capital meant that most money being invested in the marketplace was completely detached from any relation to production of commerce at all, but it’d become pure speculation. All this is not to say that the people of the world were not being offered something just that

Jason Hartman 32:48
as I say the terms have changed. So the deal this, if you will, new deal, right. He’s not talking about globalism yet. That’s what really did it that was the nail in the coffin for The American worker right is globalism automation had a part in it inflation had a part in it. Everything had a part in it, you know, the attack on the labor in sure. But the labor unions were largely becoming irrelevant by them. They certainly have their place when they were created. I mean, workers were just treated horribly back in the days, but they did their thing. And that wasn’t a problem anymore. You know, it’s, it’s a little thing. It’s a minor thing. There certainly are problems. Of course, of course, there’s problems. But what ultimately happens with a lot of these groups, labor unions, many of the civil rights groups, they started for a very good reason they had a very good cause in the beginning, but then the problem was largely solved, and they were just sort of looking for something to do. And so they would become corrupt. They would steal money from their members, their donors, the members of the labor union, etc, etc. So let’s go on with this and I’ll wrap it up in a moment.

Listener 33:57
In the new dispensation, wages would no longer rise Workers were encouraged to buy a piece of capitalism. Rather than euthanize the wrong ta everyone could now become Ron Hayes effectively could grab a chunk of the profits created by their own increasingly dramatic rates of exploitation. The means were many and familiar in the United States that were 401k retirement accounts and an endless variety of other ways of encouraging ordinary citizens to play the market, but at the same time, encouraging them to borrow. One of the guiding principles of Thatcherism and reaganism alike was that economic reforms would never gain widespread support unless ordinary working people could at least aspire to owning their own homes. This was added by the 1990s and 2000s endless mortgage refinancing schemes that treated houses whose value it was assumed would only rise like ATM as the popular catchphrase headed. That would turns out in retrospect, it was really more like credit cards. Then there was the proliferation of actual credit cards juggled against one another. here for many buying a piece of capitalism’s slithered, undetectable into something indistinguishable from those familiar scourges of the work. Poor, the loan shark and the pawnbroker. It did not help here that in 1980, US Federal usury laws which had previously limited interest to between seven and 10% were eliminated by act of Congress, just as the United States had managed to largely get rid of the problem of political corruption by making the bribery of legislators effectively legal,

Jason Hartman 35:18
called lobbyists. I love that it was redefined as lobbying. So the problem of loan sharking was brushed aside by making real interest rates of 25% 50% or even in some cases, for instance, for payday loans 120% annually. My friend that I talked about Quintin Carney started a payday loan company, talk about a way to rip people off he he said he never got into the business, but he started a company he and I think Ken Logan, they’re the folks in Missouri I talk about once in a while. What they did is they basically legalized theft, right? They push mountains of debt on people and listen debt is great when it’s investment grade debt and gets used properly, of course, right? That’s like a nuclear missile, right? It’s convenient to have in case of emergency, but you got to be careful with it. And you got to respect it. You got to respect it. Right. And so it’s interesting how they, they created the cure, if you will, through a different kind of Keynesianism. I’m going to coin a new phrase right now. I just thought of this. We’ll call it personal Keynesianism, instead of the Keynesianism that we saw at the government level where the government would prime the pump. This is the Keynesianism where the person themself would prime their own pump by access to easy credit. That’s another kind of Keynesianism. Right, they would prime their own pump with debt. And some of that debt was used properly, but most of it was consumer grade debt, or it was student loan debt. And it wasn’t used properly. But it gives the illusion of prosperity, the illusion of prosperity, because it’s actually Spent that debt once it’s borrowed, it’s spent on on the appearances of wealth, not real wealth creation. Anyway, let’s wrap it up. You got to get this book debt the first 5000 years. It’s really excellent. I highly recommend it. And go to Jason Hartman calm join us in Hawaii, and we will talk to you on the next episode. Happy investing. Thank you so much for listening. Please be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss any episodes. Be sure to check out the show’s specific website and our general website Hartman. Mediacom for appropriate disclaimers and Terms of Service. Remember that guest opinions are their own. And if you require specific legal or tax advice, or advice and any other specialized area, please consult an appropriate professional. And we also very much appreciate you reviewing the show. Please go to iTunes or Stitcher Radio or whatever platform you’re using and write a review for the show we would very much appreciate that. And be sure to To make it official and subscribe so you do not miss any episodes. We look forward to seeing you on the next episode.