Posts Tagged ‘ Washington Consensus ’

Obama's Debt Ceiling Doublespeak

July 12, 2011
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Mr. Obama has always known who has been contributing primarily to his political campaigns. We know where his loyalties lie now. And, basically, he promised change because that's what people would vote for, and he delivered the change constituency to the campaign contributors.

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Privatizing Will Make Life Worse

July 1, 2011
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November 12, 1989, New York Times PERESTROIKA GOES SOUTH This article was published in the NYT more than 20 years ago, forecasting precisely what has happened. I attended the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington last month. When the meetings ended, I was left with the impression that...

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Will Iceland Vote “No” or commit financial suicide?

April 8, 2011
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A landmark fight is occurring this Saturday, April 9. Icelanders will vote on whether to subject their economy to decades of poverty, bankruptcy and emigration of their work force. At least, that is the program supported by the existing Social Democratic-Green coalition government in urging a “Yes” vote on the Icesave bailout. Their financial...

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Greenspan Returns to De-Regulation

April 4, 2011
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His Old Time Religion was right after all. It all seems so long ago! On October 23, 2008, Alan Greenspan choked up a mea culpa for his deregulatory policy as Federal Reserve Chairman. “Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders’ equity, myself included, are in a...

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Norway's Sovereign Wealth Risk Vortex

March 18, 2011
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What does Norway get out of its Oil Fund, if not More Strategic Infrastructure Investment? For the past generation Norway has supplied Europe and other regions with oil, taking payment in euros or dollars. It then sends nearly all this foreign exchange abroad, sequestering its oil-export receipts – which are in foreign currency –...

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The Spectre Haunting Europe

January 22, 2011
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There is an alternative, of course. It is for creditors at the top of the economic pyramid to take a loss. That would restore the intensifying GINI income and wealth coefficients back to their lower levels of a decade or two ago.

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Bankers: Go The 'Latvian' Option

December 26, 2010
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The “Latvian option” is the buzzword of the moment among European bankers and financial journalists. In October, the Latvian people voted in a coalition headed by the incumbent prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis, whose government had savaged social benefits, cut pay and inflated unemployment in 2009. Was this proof that austerity measures could not only...

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How Brazil Can Defend Against Financialization

September 16, 2010
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and Keep Its Economic Surplus for Itself CDES Conference, Brasilia, September 17, 2010 I would like to place this seminar’s topic, ‘Global Governance,’in the context of global control, which is what ‘governance’ is mainly about. The word (from Latin gubernari, cognate to the Greek root kyber) means ‘steering’. The question is, toward what goal...

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Banks Profit Going Up and Down

June 28, 2010
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Michael Hudson on Renegade Economists Radio discussing China’s looming isolationism, the background on G20 austerity plans plus a few serves on what economics should be looking at. Hudson appears at the 2 minute mark. Audio – 22/06/2010 Subscribe to the Renegade Economists podcast

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Austerity for Prosperity

June 28, 2010
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Part 2 Part 3

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