Monthly Archives: December 2012

America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff

December 28, 2012
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How today’s fiscal austerity is reminiscent of World War I’s economic misunderstandings When World War I broke out in August 1914, economists on both sides forecast that hostilities could not last more than about six months. Wars had grown so expensive that governments quickly would run out of money. It seemed that if Germany...

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Finance Capitalism and its Discontents

December 22, 2012
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Finance Capitalism and its Discontents

NEW BOOK: This collection contains the most important interviews and speeches that Professor Michael Hudson, Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri (Kansas City), and president of the Institute for the Study of Long-term Economic Trends (ISLET) has given over the past decade (2003-2012). They span the political spectrum from COUNTERPUNCH.COM and...

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Reality economics

December 19, 2012
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A review of Norbert Häring and Niall Douglas, Economists and the Powerful (London: Anthem Press, 2012). “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” And if they would destroy economies, they first create a wealthy class on top, and let human nature do the rest. The acquisition of power soon leads to its...

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Austerity, Debt and Unelected Central Bankers

December 19, 2012
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Loans you shouldn’t pay back, violent partners, and who triumphs when Germany Banks & Greece go toe to toe. Seek truth from facts with former Chase banker Prof. Michael Hudson, Stockholm Syndrome theorist Dr. Carlos Encinas, anti-EU party boss Peter Mach, Greek Correspondent Nicolas Mottas and Financial Times Associate Editor Wolfgang Munchau.

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E Peshine Smith: A Study in Protectionist Growth Theory and American Sectionalism

December 4, 2012
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NY University, PhD, 1968, Michael Hudson Peshine Smith (1814 – 82) was probably the most sophisticated of the pre-Civil War protectionists. What he attempted was no less a task than to transform protectionist economic thought from a body of disparate and often self-contradictory parts into an integrated doctrine of economic growth, and to develop...

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