Category Archives: Economic Conflict

Much conflict has an economic basis, but also of course there is conflict that is directly economic: in ideas and policies

The Conservative Paradox: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896-1957)

Having read much about societal collapse including Jared Diamond’s fine book “Collapse”, I wonder if all civilizations are brought down by what I call the Conservative Paradox. The very movement or school of thought that attempts to preserve society, that … Continue reading

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The Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

“When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals. We shall be able to rid ourselves of many of the pseudo-moral principles which have hag-ridden us for … Continue reading

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The UK/EU Restoration Movement

UK now having left the EU, time for: The UK/EU Restoration Movement: 1) Keep connected, keep our spirits up, support each other 2) Try to get a good Labour Leader sympathetic to our cause 3) Join political parties to gently … Continue reading

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How Not to Negotiate Trade Deals Post Brexit

Lifted from the UK Guardian comments this morning. Says it all really. And I post this for conflict and negotiation interest rather than a specifically Brexit point though despite my old friend Bill Ury teaching the British Cabinet Interest Based … Continue reading

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Debating with a Bernie Sanders Supporter

I had a interesting discussion on line with a Bernie Sanders supporter and this was one of my comments: You miss my point. Sanders could well win the swing voters, but turn off millions of others. And of course voters … Continue reading

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The World Today: Populists, Plutocrats, Left Brahmans and the People

The world today: Populists, who solve none of the problems but are great at blaming the Other, immigrants, women, gays and liberals for them while profiting mightily and corruptly The Plutocracy, who use the Populists to divert attention from their … Continue reading

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Nothing Wrong with Changing Your Mind: Margaret Heffernan

Great piece in today’s UK Financial Times on the value of changing your mind. I try to do it all the time and this blog is all about some ways to do that. There is nothing wrong with changing your … Continue reading

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Some Good News

Some good news: insecticide treated mosquito nets distributed for free by aid programs saved 450 million lives from Malaria in the period 2000-15 according to Nature as cited in “Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo”: … Continue reading

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Unsettling Precedents for Today’s World: Martin Wolf

Deep piece from Martin Wolf in the Financial Times. I doubt the Dems get this any better than the GOP, sadly: “Unsettling precedents for today’s world Events evoke not the 1930s but the period before the first world war MARTIN … Continue reading

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Rant of the Day: The Intellectual Laziness of the Left World Wide

Today’s rant on the intellectual laziness of the Left I posted in a good on line discussion thread: “My take is about intellectual laziness, rather than not acting. Plenty of activists. But action is useless to me without a deep … Continue reading

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