Monthly Archives: April 2011

Lord Skildelsky Discusses Keynes, Crisis and Management

I’ve always found Robert Skildelsky to be a very clear exponent of Keynesian ideas. Here’s a video of him discussing some of the most important aspects of the current crisis. Keep an eye out for Part II as well — … Continue reading

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New Adam Curtis Film — Trailer

Adam Curtis has released a trailer for his new film ‘All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace’ — which can be seen here. The film is set to be released next month on BBC2. Curtis, of course, is — … Continue reading

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Cities of Gold: Is There a Bubble in the Gold Markets?

Let me start by answering the question posed. Yes — there is almost certainly a serious bubble inflating in the gold markets. Now let’s step back a moment and take note of the irony of this. Why did this bubble … Continue reading

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Food Prices, Speculation and Other Assorted Fun

Here’s a fantastically in depth interview with UN Chief Economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram. He talks about a variety of topics — including speculation and its effects on the price off food; a topic that is chronically under-reported in the mainstream … Continue reading

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British Youth Unemplyment Hits the 1m Mark

Well, there we are. Over 1m under-24s are soon to be officially unemployed in Britain. Youth unemployment is expected to reach a record high of close to 1 million – one in five 16 to 24-year-olds – when the latest … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now: How the Right-Wing are Trying to Destroy the World Economy in Order to Realise their Imaginary Idea of Utopia

I thought this was one of the best videos I’ve seen on the situation facing the world economy today. The interviewee, Bill Janeway, is spot on the money: a strange irrational fringe group has gained sway over the current debates … Continue reading

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How to Be a Financier That Isn’t a Self-Destructive Shill

Excellent interview with Amar Bhide on how (bad) financiers and (bad) regulators use mystical abstractions to assess risk – and, of course, make loads of megabucks. Bhide talks about how we need to return to a model based on case-by-case … Continue reading

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23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

South Korean professor Ha-Joon Chang recently released a book entitled ‘23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism‘ and while I haven’t read it, I’ve heard good things about Chang’s work generally and this work in particular. Chang comes from … Continue reading

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Told You So…

Haven’t been blogging for a while. Sorry about that. Exams are coming up; essays are due – I’ll get back to all this afterwards. Anyway, I’ve said a few times now that should the government try to reduce the budget … Continue reading

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