The Global and European Crisis revisited: An audio from the launch of the Global Minotaur in Finland

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.03.50 PMOn 25th August, I had the honour of presenting the Finnish edition of The Global Minotaur to a splendid, and welcoming, audience at the University of Tampere. In this post you can listen to an interesting exchange on the state of the global and European economy, why Finns (along with citizens of other European ‘surplus’ member-states – but even more so than most others) ought to be very, very angry with their politicians (over the bailouts and overall handling of the Euro Crisis), on China’s future role etc. 

After a fifteen minute introduction by yours truly, Teppo Eskelinen acted as discussant, offering valuable comments and posing some crucial questions. In response, I replied with an emphasis on: (a) Why did I choose the Minotaur metaphor in order to narrate the second post-war era of global capitalism, during which the US was actively recycling global surpluses; (b) Can China play such a role in the near future?; and (c) Why should the Finns be very, very angry about the bailouts of the Eurozone Periphery, and the overall EU approach to the Eurozone crisis. You can hear these exchanges in separate audio files below:

3 Comments

  • “[…] Why should the Finns be very, very angry about the bailouts of the Eurozone Periphery, and the overall EU approach to the Eurozone crisis. ”

    I hope you convinced your audience, because certainly these guys didn’t–despite doing a good job imho:

    This is what I mean about “political impossibility of TATIANA”

  • This debate is statistically biased beyond reasonable doubt because the audience sample is not in any way randomly selected, since the venue is in London UK. I think it would be much more interesting to have people participating from all the euro zone countries in the debate and I’m pretty much sure that the outcome would have been entirely different.

    • @Mimios

      You sound very affirmative. Do you have any data (e.g. polls) to base your optimism? I am trying to find something, but data is rare and usually the sample is politically or nationally biased (e.g. per-country polls).

      Even better if the data shows some trend (toward enlightenment, that is).