Category Archives: Politics

Purely personal reflections on the state of politics.

Front National – seems confused on its monetary proposals

Earlier this year, the French collectif Ecolinks, which is a group of economics academics and students in various French institutions published their Petit manuel économique anti-FN, which carried a preface from Thomas Piketty. The group says it is opposed to … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Politics | 28 Comments

Amazing what politics does to people

In 2012, while unemployment and underemployment was still at elevated levels after rising in the early days of the GFC, non-government spending was weak, the external deficit was around 4 per cent of GDP, real GDP growth remained well below … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Fiscal Statements, Politics | 18 Comments

When progressives become neo-liberals and create a Trump

When you have a madman sounding, well “presidential” (according to the obsequious US press) what would you expect a Democrat politician to say in response? Yes I am talking about the Democratic response to the speech given by the US … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, Politics, UK Economy, US economy | 27 Comments

Market manipulation and electricity blackouts

Australia is suffering the conjunction of a number of events in recent weeks which demonstrate the poverty of the neo-liberal approach that governments on both sides of the political fence have followed over the last three decades. Electricity prices are … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Climate change, Economics, Fiscal Statements, Politics | 14 Comments

Australian election outcome resonates with the Brexit dynamics

Less than two weeks ago, Britain sent a bombshell into the conservative, neo-liberal policy agenda and the narrative that supports it. I have read a lot of comments that the Referendum result was a reflection of racist attitudes towards minority … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Politics, UK Economy | 17 Comments

British Labour Party surrenders … back to its Monetarist roots

Last week, the shadow British Chancellor, John McDonnell confirmed that the British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn will not be part of a progressive realignment of the public debate regarding fiscal policy. By that I mean, they have chosen, probably … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Politics, UK Economy | 56 Comments

The demise of French greatness and the European Left

The GFC clearly, in my view, demonstrated that the political positions held by both the left- and right-wing governments in the West with respect to economic policy were untenable. Both sides of politics in each major and country adopted versions … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Politics | 10 Comments

European Left face a Dystopia of their own making

Last week, I re-read an article from May 1, 2012 by Abraham Newman – Austerity and the End of the European Model – that was published in Foreign Affairs. The article carried the sub-title “How Neoliberals Captured the Continent”. The … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Eurozone, Politics | 19 Comments

The tale of two nations – democracy dies in Portugal and lives in Canada

The tale of two nations – two monetary systems – two continents – Canada and Portugal. It is reasonable to assume that when voters in so-called free democracies elect members to their parliaments who then freely coalesce across ‘party’ lines … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Canada, Eurozone, Politics | 13 Comments

Jeremy Corbyn is breaking down the neo-liberal Groupthink

It has been an interesting period watching the various ruses that conservatives are bringing to bear to attack Jeremy Corbyn and, somewhat unrelated, try to justify why the US Federal Reserve Bank should be raising interest rates. I will deal … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Politics, UK Economy | 24 Comments