Category Archives: IMF

This category considers publications from the International Monetary Fund.

Austerity is killing off the hopes of our youth

Sometimes, it is almost as if I have to pinch myself to establish that what I am reading is not a dream. A few reports lately have had that effect, not the least being the latest IMF report – Debt … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, IMF | 17 Comments

The US government view of the 1976 sterling crisis

This blog continues the discussion of the British currency crisis in 1976. Today we discuss the way the US government was constructing the crisis. They had previously seen Europe in terms of military and political threats and had clearly developed … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, IMF, UK Economy, US economy | 1 Comment

Australia is caught in a cyclical malaise – there is nothing ‘new normal’ about it

There was another article in the financial media this weekend running the hypothesis that the stagnant economic conditions that Australia has found itself in is a “new normal”. This is now a repeating theme. I disagree with it. It ignores … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Fiscal Statements, IMF, Inflation, Labour costs | 8 Comments

The Wall Street-US Treasury Complex

Today I am in Barcelona, Spain after travelling from Trujillo (in the western part of Spain). Today’s blog continues the analysis I have been providing which aims to advance our understanding of why the British government called in the IMF … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, IMF, UK Economy, US economy | 6 Comments

The metamorphosis of the IMF as a neo-liberal attack dog

Today I am in Granada, Spain having an interesting time. Nothing public to report. I will be here until Thursday morning upon which I travel back to Madrid and the public events begin (see below). Today’s blog continues the analysis … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Debriefing 101, IMF, UK Economy, US economy | 6 Comments

The 1976 currency crisis

Today, I take a further step in advancing our understanding of why the British government called in the IMF in 1976 and why it fell prey to a growing neo-liberal consensus, largely orchestrated by the Americans. The assertion by British … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, IMF, UK Economy | 10 Comments

IMF groupthink and sociopaths

It is easy to get distracted by other important events in the last week by the enormity of the information that has been released in the so-called – The Panama Papers – which document around 40 years of secretive banking … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, IMF | 8 Comments

Fiscal policy is a potent instrument for productivity growth

Sometimes we have to take a longer look at things to see the present in perspective. Greece has been a living experiment for the neo-liberal Groupthink machine that is the Troika. We rarely experiment on humans on any sort of … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, IMF | 24 Comments

The right-wing counter attack – 1971

The early 1970s brought into relief the internal contradictions of the capitalist system of production and distribution. This was never more evident than in Britain at the time. The trade unions, previously illegal had become more powerful and integrated as … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, IMF, UK Economy | 22 Comments

IMF recommends that firms should increase real wage growth in Japan

I read two articles/reports today about Japan. The first was a Fairfax article (March 21, 2016) from a journalist who invariably peddles the neoliberal economic myths. The second was from the IMF extolling the virtues of higher wages in Japan. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in IMF, Japan | 14 Comments