Category Archives: Friends like this

The blogs under this category examine faux arguments put forward by so-called progressives.

MMT is just plain good economics – Part 1

On August 6, 2018, British tax expert Richard Murphy who is becoming increasingly sympathetic to the principles of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) published a blog post, which recorded an exchange with one James Meadway, who is the economics advisor to … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Debriefing 101, Fiscal Statements, Friends like this, Reclaim the State | 63 Comments

The ‘truth sandwich’ and the impacts of neoliberalism

On June 15, 2018, the OECD released their report – A Broken Social Elevator? How to Promote Social Mobility – which provided “new evidence on social mobility in the context of increased inequalities of income and opportunities in OECD and … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Debriefing 101, Framing and Language, Friends like this, Labour Force, Reclaim the State | 17 Comments

Progressive cause in Australia seriously undermined by … progressives

I am travelling most of today with heavy commitments at the other end so only a short blog today with some great music to calm the soul. Yesterday, a group of high-profile, so-called progressives in Australia placed a paid-for advertisement … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Framing and Language, Friends like this, Music | 49 Comments

Mitterrand’s turn to austerity was an ideological choice not an inevitability

As background research to one of my book projects I have been reading a recent biography of François Mitterrand by Philip Short. Its title “Mitterand: A Study in Ambiguity” points to the capacity of Mitterand himself to blow with the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Friends like this, Politics | 16 Comments

The top 10 progressive issues for 2015! Did I say progressive?

I am away most of this week and have limited time for blogs and I am also concentrating on the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) book I am working on that will be published later in 2015. I also do not … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Friends like this | 5 Comments

The UK recovery is a false dawn

A few weeks ago (October 1, 2014), I wrote in this blog – British economic growth shows that on-going deficits work – that the British Chancellor was overseeing an expanding fiscal deficit and public debt ratio, which despite the rhetoric … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Friends like this, UK Economy | 21 Comments

MMT – lacks a political economy?

There was a ‘Guest Editorial’ published on the UK site Renewal last week – Modern money and the escape from austerity – by one Joe Guinan, who lists himself as a Senior Fellow at The Democracy Collaborative and Executive Director … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Debriefing 101, Economics, Friends like this | 22 Comments

When you’ve got friends like this – Part 11

I received two E-mails yesterday informing me that at the upcoming NSW State Labor Conference (this weekend) the delegates would be asked to vote for the inclusion of a Federal Job Guarantee, along the lines that I have been working … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Friends like this, UK Economy | 19 Comments

If you think you know what ‘debt’ is, read on

The title is stolen from the UK Guardian article (July 29, 2013) – If you think you know what ‘debt’ is, read on – by one Alex Andreou. The title suggests he knows the real issues regarding public and private … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Friends like this, UK Economy | 19 Comments

When you’ve got friends like this – Part 10

In wishing us all happy new year, Jared Bernstein also pounded his readers with a confused macroeconomic logic, that if applied, would in all likelihood make their new year (collectively) worse. His article (December 29, 2012) – My Views on … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Friends like this | 8 Comments