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Alternate history...what if ...?

@clousems
Wiki seems to think this :-
Letting r denote the real interest rate, i denote the nominal interest rate, and let π denote the inflation rate, the Fisher equation is:

{\displaystyle i\approx r+\pi }i\approx r+\pi
This is a linear approximation, but as here, it is often written as an equality:

So the above seems to say that the symbol ( π) often used for the mathematical relationship between a circle of any size and it's circumference (also called Archimedes' constant) can also be used to denote the inflation rate. It seems odd to me that the writer of thew above chose such a well defined and often used symbol for inflation when any other letter would have done just as well.

To be fair, many economists are kind of crazy. Example: Thomas Malthus advocated for poor people moving to swamps and stop them from washing their hands, so everyone else would be better off.
There was also that one who had a formula based off of economic theory for the end of the world.
So, frankly, when we see something like that, we think "meh."

@clousems
Yes I see your point.
As a lifelong socialist I find myself more than somewhat dismayed in some of the effects of the socialist culture in England.
Karl Marx was a great thinker but very much a man of his time much like that earlier prophet who had almost as many followers.

Yes, there are many similarities between Marx and the great prophet Richard Cantillon.

What if USA had dozens of atomic bombs ready to drop on both Japan and Germany while Hitler was still alive and kept dropping one every three days on both countries but they never surrendered, because they would surrender only if Hitler and Hirohito were kept in power over their nations and the USA said no to both countrys?

Who is "they"? Germany and Japan? Hitler's troops were trapped by the Allies, and if he hadn't killed himself, the allies would have waltzed right in and captured him. Besides, Germany didn't so much "surrender" as get conquered and divided amongst the Allied nations.
Hirohito, meanwhile, never really had that much power to begin with, it could be argued.

it was again the US and the USSR, and France and the UK, watched from the sidelines, though ....

What if Ghengis Khan had been afraid of horses?

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