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'Everything you wanted to know about MMT but were afraid to ask'.

Detailed but not too hard to follow article including a collection of different media from the last few years by different MMT experts to help explain MMT.

Suggest to start with the video  Does Modern Monetary Theory make sense? (half way down page) before digging into the text.

https://www.themacrotourist.com/posts/2019/01/23/mmt/

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Part 1 of 2 of a followup to the OP in this thread is a must read. Why are all the classical economists unable to explain the current global economic situation? The Permabears have been waiting years for the sky to fall and still nothing. How come Japan's massive debt load hasn't sunk their economy? And where is all the **** INFLATION? 

https://www.themacrotourist.com/posts/2019/04/23/mmt1/   

PRACTITIONER'S GUIDE TO MMT: PART 1

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Interesting podcast on the new EU top job appointees and what that will probably mean for the ECB and central banks, (less independence and more MMT and OMT) lining up with Trumps recent nominations for Fed positions and following Japan towards negative interest rates. Talks gold, yields, assets and more.

Included in this thread because of the underlying MMT theme.

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