Category Archives: The Global Economy

Will 2014 be the year of social justice?

Back in 2009, when it was becoming clear that bankers had crashed the world economy but were going to be spared the worst effects, while ordinary folks took the brunt of the hit, people asked why there was not more … Continue reading

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Looking ahead for 2014

As we enter 2014, it is worth looking back at 2013 and giving thanks for things that went right! (1) The Eurozone avoided political or economic disaster.  Despite austerity policies damaging top-line economic growth, and leaving many European countries with … Continue reading

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CHINA SHRINKS FROM REAL CHANGE

It is easy for China’s enormous economic growth in recent years, as well as the development of Shanghai, Chongqing, and Shenzen into modern metropolises, to give observers a sense of China’s great confidence and success. Clearly that is what President … Continue reading

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Protest in Russia

I have just returned from a conference in Russia, in which the focus was studies of social movements. (My own contribution was to argue that recent protests in Brazil, Turkey, and Russia represented a shift to democratic-style protest rather than … Continue reading

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And the weather out there is frightful…

Floods of biblical proportion? The climate skeptics are still bold, and they have some good points — we haven’t seen steady increases in air temperatures for a while; it’s been flat for nearly 15 years. And we haven’t seen the … Continue reading

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Just a reminder, on global population

This blog arose from research on how global population affects the global economy and politics. So it’s probably overdue for a return to that topic. With the IPCC coming out soon with its latest report on climate change, there will … Continue reading

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Pessimism, Refreshed

Readers of this blog know that I have been skeptical of the recent enthusiasm, buoyed by a few scattered bits of positive data, about the prospects that the developed nations have entered a vigorous recovery.  I can only guess that … Continue reading

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The Future of Labor

Today is Labor Day, the day we honor good honest work. It is also a good day to reflect on the future of work, and workers. It is clear that much heavy dirty work will be done by robots; much … Continue reading

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Lethargy? Endless Lethargy?

I am at the annual meeting of the American Sociology Association in New York City. Sociologists have been on a downhill slope ever since the Reagan administration undertook a covert war on social scientists.  As experts on social problems — … Continue reading

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Welcome to 1984 (30 years late, but we’re there now…)

A lone gunman, after long on-line exchanges with a radical Imam, becomes convinced that the US military has become the main enemy of Islam, enters a military base and, shouting “Allah Akbar” (God is Great) shoots everyone in sight, killing 13 … Continue reading

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