Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bill Mitchell on the empirical falseness of supply-side unmployment measures

The main underlying idea of supply-side unemployment measures is that the average (potential) employee looks at wages he can earn working, the unemployment support (welfare) that the government is paying, and then decides that the wage is too low to … Continue reading

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It seems France is less neo-liberal and this bothers opinion makers in Germany

I have to admit that I used to be embarrassingly uninformed about the political situation in France, something that has been remedied a bit in the recent past. I have a good grasp of the deplorable state of German politics … Continue reading

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If there’s a gun in the house, you’re more likely to be a victim of homicide

I find this a surprising and somewhat counterintuitive find: Among other things, that work revealed that people living in homes where there was a gun faced a 2.7-fold greater risk of homicide (A. L. Kellermann et al. N. Engl. J. … Continue reading

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An economic prediction

I usually hold the mainstream’s feet to the fire but today, I have something different. An economic prediction by Bill Mitchell: Last week (August 10, 2012) the Japanese Parliament approved a bill to double the sales tax (from 5 per … Continue reading

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No, the older generation is NOT living at the expense of the young (or: yet another Spiegel hit piece)

What’s left after you have laid blame of the current crisis at the feet of the poor and unemployed, those lazy Southerners (i.e. foreigners), and “greedy bankers”? Exactly, Divide et Impera: young vs old: People vs. banks, north vs. south, … Continue reading

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Martin Robbins from the African Propaganda Trail

Martin Robbins has a series at the Guardian right now, titled “Lessons from Africa’s propaganda trail” and the fourth entry is out. It’s the most cynical so far: Mark recorded a video of the greeting we received, shot moments after … Continue reading

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Stratfor’s latest discussion of the eurocrisis

When Stratfor was hacked last year, insult was quickly added to injury when different people weighed in, judging them for their business model of selling their information and analyses to governments and business people, claiming that they didn’t have the … Continue reading

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