Those who favour “stimulating” the economy often employ a medical metaphor. The economy is a dying patient. Questions about the long-term effects of its treatment are irrelevant. All that matters now is keeping it alive.
They are foolish to employ this metaphor. Economies cannot die. Even during the Great Depression of the 1930s the economy lived on. The gross domestic product of most industrial countries dropped by about 30 per cent. I am not sure how to translate that into the medical metaphor. Moving 30 per cent less? Losing 30 per cent of your body weight? Whatever: it is not the same as dying.
But there are places like the Congo and Zimbabwe (or Pol Pot´s Cambodia) where the economy does, in any realistic sense, die.
Fortunately, we´re safe from that as for such to happen you need a power crazed autocrat willing to do anything at all to remain in power.