Category Archives: neo-liberalism

Beware of false friends

There’s a website called “Curious Apes” that published an article called “You’ll have to choose sooner than you think: Basic Income or Dystopian Slavery”, which a friend linked on Facebook. It’s an extended argument for the Basic Income Guarantee that … Continue reading

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Taxing consumers reduces growth – still!

So, the Japanese prime minister Abe proposed a bastard-Keynesian program for getting Japan out of its stagflation, nick-named Abenomics. But because he still effectively thinks neo-liberally, the program included a consumption tax increase to “balance the budget” (while at the … Continue reading

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Anthropogenic climate change is currently (almost) the root of all evil

Much of the book we use at my current level at the Alliance Française is about expressing opinions, supporting (or opposing) issues, etc. One of the topics was environmentalism, and one of the exercises consisted of discussing with course mates … Continue reading

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The American dream is dead and rotting

New Economic Perspectives hits us with this: The Washington Post recently reported that Day Care now costs more—in 31 U.S. states—than a college education. In a fit of logic rarely exhibited in today’s journalism, the article explains that since it … Continue reading

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Valls engages in make-belief

So Valls is yet another one who proposes to square the circle: If one ignores for the moment that there is no empirical evidence at all that companies invest more if they pay lower taxes – quite contrary, at current … Continue reading

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Trying to drive out the Devil with the Beelzebub

Naked Capitalism has a post up with the title “Ragnarok – Iceland and the ‘Doom of the Gods’”. Most days I am reading Naked Capitalism and New Economic Perspectives in parallel and while I know that there is only a … Continue reading

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What a difference a language makes

I accidentally went on Spiegel Online’s English-version site yesterday after not having been for a long while, and was very surprised about the difference of tone from the mindlessness of the German site. The top items included Egyptian elite Succumb … Continue reading

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