Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Washington Rules Change, Again

Washington Rules Change, Again

Feb 16, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LAMPUR, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – Over the last four...

Make America Ungovernable

Make America Ungovernable

Feb 6, 2017

 Originally Published on TruthDig By Chris Hedges Donald Trump’s regime is rapidly reconfiguring the United States into an authoritarian state. All forms of dissent will soon be criminalized. Civil liberties will no longer exist. Corporate exploitation, through the abolition of regulations and laws, will be unimpeded. Global warming will accelerate. A repugnant...

Recovering the Promise of Technocracy

Recovering the Promise of Technocracy

Feb 3, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Parag Khanna SINGAPORE – The prevailing mood nowadays is one of pessimism. After a year in which Donald Trump was elected President of the United States and the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, many are anticipating more populist victories – and damaging policies – in 2017. Add to this slow global economic...

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Inside Sweden’s housing crisis: when renovation means eviction

Feb 1, 2017

Dominika Polanska, Uppsala University The housing shortage in Sweden is now so bad that some are currently contemplating using shipping containers for apartments. Nine out of ten Swedes live in a municipality facing houses shortages. According to a recent study, in the capital city of Stockholm, more than half a million people were on a waiting list for a flat...

Trump’s Not Draining the Financial Swamp—He’s Filling It

Trump’s Not Draining the Financial Swamp—He’s Filling It

Jan 31, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com By Nomi Prins Under President Trump, banking sharks will once again have immense influence on the American economy. Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small...

Will Trump Block Latin America’s Recovery?

Will Trump Block Latin America’s Recovery?

Jan 27, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By José Antonio Ocampo NEW YORK – Across Latin America, there is a growing sense of anguish that is reminiscent of Michael Corleone’s lament in The Godfather III: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” At a time when the region seemed finally to be grasping economic recovery, Donald Trump’s inauguration as...

A New Deal to Save Europe

A New Deal to Save Europe

Jan 23, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis, LONDON – “I don’t care about what it will cost. We took our country back!” This is the proud message heard throughout England since the Brexit referendum last June. And it is a demand that is resonating across the continent. Until recently, any proposal to “save” Europe was regarded sympathetically, albeit...

The New Democrats’ Addiction to Austerity Will Not Die

The New Democrats’ Addiction to Austerity Will Not Die

Jan 18, 2017

This article appeared originally on Dollars&Sense Cross-posted at New Economic Perspectives.  By William K. Black I know the Republicans are complete hypocrites about federal deficits and debt.  I know their dishonesty and faux deficit and debt hysteria, when a Democrat is president, harms the Nation and the world through the infliction of self-destructive...

Excerpt: What Economists Learned Long After Everyone Else in 2016

Excerpt: What Economists Learned Long After Everyone Else in 2016

Dec 23, 2016

Excerpt from The American Prospect By Harold Meyerson Excerpt from the American Prospect This week, Bloomberg’s Noah Smith published a list of “ten excellent economics books and papers” that he read in 2016. Number three on his list was the now celebrated paper, “The China Shock: Learning from Labor-Market Adjustment to Large Changes in Trade,” by economists...

Greece’s Perpetual Crisis

Greece’s Perpetual Crisis

Dec 21, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Since the summer of 2015, Greece has (mostly) dropped out of the news, but not because its economic condition has stabilized. A prison is not newsworthy as long as the inmates suffer quietly. It is only when they stage a rebellion, and the authorities crack down, that the satellite trucks appear....

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