Category Archives: Economics

My ideas for Occupy

A quick glance at the Guardian website yesterday shows that the Occupy protesters at St Pauls are calling out for suggestions.   I haven’t had a chance to look at anything being suggested yet, but am really pleased to see the … Continue reading

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Occupy equal ground

The Occupy Wall Street protest, and other ‘Occupy ‘ protests that are springing up rapidly in other cities around the world, have at their core, a resentment about an elite having made conditions worse for the majority and a desire … Continue reading

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Europe begins to locate it’s brain, while the US continues to stumble blindly.

The deal with Greece gives me cause for hope.  Don’t get me wrong, this is still a sticking plaster that will need much more thought before a more sustainable worldwide economic model emerges.  Importantly, what has happened, is that there … Continue reading

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Economic history – this is going somewhere honest (at least in my head)

To give him his due, von Hayek was in favour of rules to ensure fair competition.  Strict rules for accounting are a vital part or this, but since the 1970s, deregulation has become fashionable and those regulations which impose a … Continue reading

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A bit more economic history

Keynes – bring on the nice guys After the crash of 1929, it was no longer possible to pretend that demand could never be deficient and the trauma caused by the crash enabled some different economic thinking to come to … Continue reading

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An economic history lesson (courtesy of Philip B Smith and Manfred Max-Neef)

“The people are everywhere anxious to not be dominated or oppressed, and the powerful are out to dominate and oppress the people”, Machiavelli, The Prince. Claude Lefort sees the conflict between the people and the powerful as one that can … Continue reading

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Where we are now

Where we are now is the result of decisions made in the past about our direction of travel.  Smith and Max-Neef refer to us having chosen the route of Machiavelli (it is much safer to be feared than loved) over … Continue reading

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