Monthly Archives: January 2014

Worry Beads, Anyone?

Readers of this blog know that I have been a pessimist on the “real” economy of the world. With population growth slowing or declining in Europe, the US, Japan, Korea, China, India, and Brazil, it seemed to me the demand … Continue reading

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Is Inequality a Moral or Economic Issue?

There is so much talk about inequality these days — it is clear that no consensus has arisen because parties are simply talking past each other. Most of those who argue that inequality is NOT a problem argue from economic … Continue reading

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To anyone who has been waiting (anyone?) — my latest book is now available at the terrific price of under $10 (even less for the Kindle edition). Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction¬†(published by Oxford University Press) examines how revolutions differ … Continue reading

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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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Unhappy New Year for the Jobless

The latest data from the US Labor department, on December employment changes, was a very disappointing start to the new year. Disappointing, but not surprising for those who follow this blog, which has long been saying that the US and … 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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