Category Archives: Economics

Russian, Chinese and American economic narratives

Some convince with numbers, most with stories.  When stories turn into national narratives, history is made. Narratives turn complexity into simplicity, and give identity and purpose.  Individuals can be conflated into a nation state akin to a single person: “China … Continue reading

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Poets better prove – the sacred craft challenges autocracy

Great Russian writers such as Turgenev, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky opposed Tsarist tyranny.  Their successors challenged the Bolshevik autocracy. The Bolsheviks knew the power of literature.  Lenin never forgave Dostoyevsky’s devastating critique of revolutionary thinking in The Devils.  The Soviet regime … Continue reading

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What caused the mess we are in, and how do we get out of it?

By Peter Winsley 16 January, 2017 Inequality, social malaise, and identity-based extremism result from productivity trends, technological change, globalisation, and business models.  These sit within tax, labour market, competition, trade, intellectual property and other policy settings that governments can change.  … Continue reading

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Letter to Donald Trump

23 December 2016 Dear Donald What you bring to the Presidency is the ability to reach across the aisle, make workable deals, and drive them through Congress.  You also need to carry Americans with you.  To do this, you must … Continue reading

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