Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Weekend Quiz – September 1-2, 2018

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Saturday quiz | 7 Comments

Fiscal space has nothing to do with public debt ratios or the size of deficits

The Project Syndicate is held out as an independent, quality source of Op Ed discussion. When you scan through the economists that contribute you see quite a pattern and it is the anathema of ‘independent’. There is really no commentary … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Debriefing 101, Fiscal Statements, US economy | 34 Comments

Meet Australia’s new Prime Minister

It is Wednesday and only a short blog post. I am also ailing with the flu and my head hurts. As I noted in Monday’s blog post – The conservative polity is fracturing – an opportunity for the Left (August … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Framing and Language, Music, Politics | 14 Comments

Brexit doom predictions – the Y2K of today

The UK Guardian has been publishing a ‘Brexit Watch’ page for some months now claiming it is is a “look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has on growth, prosperity and trade”. They wheel out some … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Fiscal Statements, UK Economy | 9 Comments

The conservative polity is fracturing – an opportunity for the Left

Regular readers will know that I have spent a lot of time writing about the demise of the Left political parties as they became subsumed with neoliberal economic ideology, which blurred the political landscape as the ‘centre’ moved to the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, Reclaim the State, Reclaiming community, UK Economy | 13 Comments

The Weekend Quiz – August 25-26, 2018 – answers and discussion

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekend’s Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you haven’t already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Saturday quiz | 7 Comments

The Weekend Quiz – August 25-26, 2018

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Saturday quiz | 17 Comments

Public infrastructure investment must privilege public well-being over profit

One of the principle ways in which so-called progressive political parties (particularly those in the social democratic tradition) seek to differentiate themselves from conservatives is to advocate large-scale public infrastructure investment as a way of advancing public good. You can … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Fiscal Statements, National Accounts, Politics, Reclaim the State, Reclaiming community | 10 Comments

Politicians think the public is more right-wing and conservative than it actually is

It is Wednesday and so a short blog. I am working on a number of things at present but getting the material sorted for my next book with Thomas Fazi is a priority at the moment. My snippet today though … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Music, Politics, Reclaim the State, Reclaiming community | 23 Comments

Reclaiming our sense of collective and community – Part 1

My home town (where I was born and still spend a lot of time) is Melbourne, Victoria. It is a glorious place, at least the inner suburbs within about 3-4 kms of the city centre where I hang out mostly. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Framing and Language, Reclaim the State, Reclaiming community | 23 Comments