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

Neo-Classical Economics: “Nailed to Its Perch” by Peter Radford from Real World Economics

I am reading the “End of Theory” by Richard Bookstaber (unfortunate name for an author) referenced in this insightful article, which memorably relates current Neo-Classical economics to the Monty Python sketch about the dead parrot nailed to its perch. 🙂 I … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby Curve: Inequality and Social Mobility by Country

An interesting graphic from Bloomberg Business Week:

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In Memory of Kenneth Arrow (1921-2017)

The great American economist Kenneth Arrow, whose work has often been misused, died last month. A great modeler, yes, but also an economist who never forgot on what assumptions the models were based. One of his deeper insights: “A democratic … Continue reading

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“Learning to Die in the Anthropocene” by Roy Scranton

Well I just read in one sitting Roy Scranton’s “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization” (Hint the book is not about individual, but imminent civilizational mortality and can be summed up in one … Continue reading

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Military Keynesianism and the Military-Industrial Complex

Interesting article in Real World Economics: Military Keynesianism and the Military-Industrial Complex December 27, 2016 “Theories of Military Keynesianism and the Military-Industrial Complex became popular after the Second World War, and perhaps for a good reason. The prospect of military … Continue reading

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Principled Resistance Principles

I responded to my friends’ election result despair with this riff: Principled Resistance Principles:  • The System is what needs to change • To change the System we need to understand it deeply as it is and as it works … Continue reading

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Conflict Handling: Michael Clayton Movie

I love the movie Michael Clayton for its insights into corporate pathology. But I think this scene below is also a perfect introduction into the process of helping one side in an impending conflict great real about their situation and … Continue reading

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