EclecticLip: How Libertarians brought America big religion and bigger lawsuits…

(originally written Nov 2; posted Nov 16)  It looks like the Democrats are going to get clobbered in next week’s tomorrow’s today’s US elections.  Economic malaise tends to do this to governing parties, which is one reason currency devaluation is the policy-du-jour: if country A can make its currency cheaper, it becomes more competitive and ...

EclecticLip: Diminishing returns on increased complexity in financial markets…

My brother forwarded me this article in the Financial Times recently.  Superficially about the fall of Rome and other civilizations, as chronicled by Joseph Tainter’s Collapse of Complex Societies, it links back to the fact that the complexity of the financial sector has increased far faster than the balance of the economy — the “real” ...

On cooperatives and housing.

I’ll get back to my electoral series eventually, I swear. But I had this weird idea today and I wanted to spell it out. It’s not an argument; more just thinking out loud. (Well, so to speak. “Speak”.)We don’t have enough housing going to the people who need it. The people who have housing often ...

On the new feudalism.

I was going to blog something about the CMA’s recent report on Canadian healthcare. But there’s really not much there that anyone could reasonably disagree with. More access to prescription drugs, more access to long-term care for those who need it, and so on. However, here’s the bit I find really worrying: If, however, there ...

What the hell do I know?

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” Galileo Galilei You know sometimes I just have to stop and think and think hard because sometimes it seems quite unbelievable what is going on…Oh the Fifa World Cup…didn’t watch it but sure the hell heard it…almost drove me ...

DTK: Liberals Flunk Economics

Or so Zogby would have you believe. They did a poll where they made statements about “basic economic” issues and saw that the left-leaning people got the answers wrong. Now, you’re probably expecting these basic statements to be something very clear and non-controversial. Something like “Inflation is the gradual increase in the price of goods” ...

DTK: Liberals Flunk Economics

Or so Zogby would have you believe. They did a poll where they made statements about “basic economic” issues and saw that the left-leaning people got the answers wrong. Now, you’re probably expecting these basic statements to be something very clear and non-controversial. Something like “Inflation is the gradual increase in the price of goods” ...

DTK: Liberals Flunk Economics

Or so Zogby would have you believe. They did a poll where they made statements about “basic economic” issues and saw that the left-leaning people got the answers wrong. Now, you’re probably expecting these basic statements to be something very clear and non-controversial. Something like “Inflation is the gradual increase in the price of goods” ...

redjenny: First the Recession didn’t exist…

First the recession didn’t even exist (No recession for Canada, er.. well maybe a “technical” one), and now the recession is going away. yep, ok, uh-huh, sure, I believe you StevieAfter all, your finance minister has such a good track record

redjenny: First the Recession didn’t exist…

First the recession didn’t even exist (No recession for Canada, er.. well maybe a “technical” one), and now the recession is going away. yep, ok, uh-huh, sure, I believe you StevieAfter all, your finance minister has such a good track record

redjenny: First the Recession didn’t exist…

First the recession didn’t even exist (No recession for Canada, er.. well maybe a “technical” one), and now the recession is going away. yep, ok, uh-huh, sure, I believe you StevieAfter all, your finance minister has such a good track record

redjenny: Sharing Work and Food – Imagine That

Here’s an article by Wayne Roberts of the Toronto Food Policy Council, quoted in full because I don’t know how to link to it on Facebook. SHARING WORK AND FOOD CREATES AN UPSIDE TO THE ECONOMIC DOWN BY Wayne Roberts Unlike most people, Thomas Homer-Dixon doesn’t think today’s world economic crisis is very complicated. He ...