Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University and a fellow of the British Academy in history and economics, is a member of the British House of Lords. The author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, he began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Party’s spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, and was eventually forced out of the Conservative Party for his opposition to NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999.

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Vanguard Scotland?

Whichever way the Scottish independence referendum goes, the spectacular rise of nationalism, in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe, is a symptom of a diseased political mainstream. It is what happens… read more

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Endgame for Putin in Ukraine?

Vladimir Putin may (or may not) enjoy 80% public support in Russia for his Ukraine policy; but it has become increasingly clear that he has bitten off more than he can chew. The question is: At what… read more

Robert Skidelsky challenges mainstream-economists about Europe's Post-Crash Economics
Education 23

Post-Crash Economics

Mainstream economics is in fact an ideology – the ideology of the free market. But the tools of economics, as currently taught, provide little scope for investigating the links between economists’… read more

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World Affairs 10

Kennan’s Revenge

American diplomat George Kennan traced the Cold War partly to neurotic insecurity and Oriental secretiveness on the Russian side, and legalism and moralism on the Western side. If Cold War II erupts… read more

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Business & Finance 7

The Wolves of Wall Street

As head of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, Jordan Belfort fleeced investors of hundreds of millions of dollars in the early 1990’s. But Martin Scorsese’s recent film, based on Belfort's memoirs, … read more

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Culture & Society 15

Death to Machines?

At the start of the Industrial Revolution, textile workers in the Midlands and North of England, mainly weavers, staged a spontaneous revolt, smashing machinery and burning factories. The Luddites… read more

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Culture & Society 7

Free Trade and Costly Love

The argument for free trade is an argument for welfare, but welfare defined exclusively in terms of money. The trouble is that the more we start to think of our welfare in terms of money, the more… read more

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