Category Archives: Brexit

The Murdoch Virus

I was today discussing the psychological problems that seem to be infecting the world, and I wondered if the world was suffering from a mental virus I call the Murdoch Virus. Murdoch started off poisoning Australian public life, and the … Continue reading

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In Times of Rapid Change Do Conservatives Necessarily Go Nuts and Cease to be Conservatives?

I simply cannot understand how the conservatives I grew up with, who were pragmatic, un-dogmatic and open to reasoned argument, have been replaced by the Conservative barking mad Brexiters, and at one remove in the US, the Trump supporters and … Continue reading

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Progressive Ideas Vacuum

You would think that with authoritarian plutocrat-corrupted bigoted populists winning elections in Brazil, in the US, in Russia, in Europe, in the Philippines, wherever, you would think progressives would be doing deep thinking as to why this is happening. You … Continue reading

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Bayes Theory in Economics and Economic Forecasting

In response to a recent post in Real World Economics, I set out my views on the application of Bayes Theorem to economics and economics forecasting. https://rwer.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/the-limits-of-probabilistic-reasoning-2/ It’s not really related to how I use Bayes Theorem, but then maybe … Continue reading

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Beware The Tory Cult that is Steering Brexit: Simon Kuper

Someone else shares my view that the UK Conservative Party is in the grip of Cargo Cult with catastrophic consequences: “The difficulty of Brexiting is part of the appeal: only a great tribe can renew itself through sacrifice”  In South … Continue reading

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Conservative Vulnerability to Political Lies

I was thinking as I walked this morning: why are lies now so effective in politics and when the lies are pointed out, it has no effect? Well, here’s some riff on the Right, someone else can do the Left especially … Continue reading

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Theresa May and the Brexit Corner She Created

Theresa May is now asking the EU not to back her into a corner. This is wise of her to say but also laughable: as if she did not create the very corner she doesn’t want to be backed into by … Continue reading

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