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Europe's Elections: A Coming Storm?

Europe’s Elections: A Coming Storm?

Dispatches From The Edge

Aug. 26, 2015

Between now and next April, four members of the European Union (EU) will hold national elections that will go a long ways toward determining whether the 28-member organization will continue to follow an economic model that has generated vast wealth for a few, widespread misery for many, and growing income inequality. 1,800 more words


Interesting Times

Holy shit!

Leave on vacation and look what happens.

Here, I thought August is supposed to be a slow month.

It’s hard not to look around right now and feel like the end of the world is upon us with the stock market turmoil leading a former British official to call for people to stock up on… 486 more words

'End of History' Found Dead at Moscow's Gates

Ukraine and the Euromaidan revolution were a turning page in History. One could argue that the Colour revolutions, the Arab Spring, the Ossetia War and even the Atlantic interventions of the preceding decades, had been proof enough of the limits of the ‘end of history’ but Ukraine is more meaningful because it had everything to become the poster child of globalism: it is an avowedly pro-Western movement, nurtured by the West, while not depending on the West in military hard-power terms. 736 more words


What Developing Nations Can Learn From Greece, The Washington Consensus and the International Monetary Fund

As Greece’s bail-out program expires tonight with the failure of Athens to pay €1.6bn ($1.78bn) owed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), not only will the country become the first advanced economy to default to the fund in its 71-year history, it will also become the IMF’s biggest debtor. 1,807 more words

Asian Financial Crisis

The Threat of a Good Example

The political and economic elite in the US is threatened by an alternative model for organizing society. This is the perverse flip side to Margaret Thatchers admonishment–“there is no alternative.” However, the constant repetition of the this free market dogma in recent years is not a sign of strength as much as… 1,277 more words

The IMF: Of Words and Actions

Some comments, and endless twitter discussions on my Blanchard Touch post call for a couple of clarifications.

The first has to do to the most common reaction, that has been: “the IMF may well have made advances in its analysis, but the policy prescriptions are remarkably unchanged. 659 more words


The Corrosive Legacy of the 'Good War' Standard

The Second World War is still held by many intellectuals as the best example of ‘the good war’. Hollywood often pays it tribute by devising heroic epics that depict Allied courage in the face of Nazi barbarism – the same honour is not bestowed to Vietnam War films… Pundits in the West spend their days portraying contemporary conflicts in the light of WWII teachings: analogies with… 973 more words