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How the US rolls (post-Global Minotaur) – by SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK

, 13/12/2014

In this article, aptly subtitled It’s lonely being the global policeman, Slavoj evokes a parallelism between the age of extremes that began as the British Empire was losing its grip with the present moment in history. Now that the Global Minotaur (quoting my book) is mortally wounded, “…the American century is over and we are witnessing […]

Does Europe threaten world recovery? Lessons for the US

, 13/11/2013

On 12th November 2013 Economists for Peace and Security convened a workshop in Washington DC to discuss Jobs, Investment and Rebuilding America: An economic and national security agenda. In that forum we heard Jason Furman, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, deliver a passionate speech in defence of social security and welfare provisions against […]

Jobs, Investment, and Rebuilding America: Economic and National Security Issues – Workshop in Washington DC, 12th November

, 30/10/2013

Economists for Peace and Security is organising a workshop on Jobs, Investment, and Rebuilding America: Economic and National Security Issues. It will take place at the Hyatt Regency, Washington DC, Capitol Hill. The keynote speech will be delivered by  Jason Furman, Chair of the US Council of Economic Advisers. My involvement will concern the economic and financial […]

Global Banks as exporters of Permanent Credit Crunches to Peripheral Economies: The case of Mexico

, 05/09/2013

The speech below was delivered on 29th August 2013 at ITAM, Mexico City, in the context on a conference on planned financial sector reforms in Mexico; organised by IMEF (the Mexican Institute of Finance Executives), in collaboration with UNIFIM (a confederation of Mexican owned financial institutions). For an audio of my talk click  For the text…

In Mexico City

, 30/08/2013

Just a quick note for regular readers to explain my recent ‘silence’. I am in Mexico City, invited by Adalberto Palma, CEO of UNIFIM (a confederation of Mexican owned financial institutions, and IMEF (the Mexican Institute of Finance Executives), to participate in the current debates on Mexico’s forthcoming financial sector reforms. A major tussle has […]

The United States and Europe have nothing to fear from a Syriza government: Our op-ed in the NYT

, 24/06/2013

Today’s New York Times features an op-ed by James Galbraith and myself on the reasons the US and Europe have nothing to fear from a Syriza government in Athens – and a great deal to benefit from. Our own title was “Why a Syriza victory is not against the interests of the United States or […]

Ten highs and ten lows, circa 2012: my intensely biased list

, 26/12/2012

THE HIGHS The definitive discovery of the Higgs boson particle that confirms our capacity to grasp the ways of the universe first through logic and theory and later empirically; a triumph of human reason Mitt Romney’s implosion at the ballot box At last, a decent James Bond flick A piece of graffiti in downtown Athens […]

In conversation with Rob Johnson (INET Chairman) on the Global Minotaur, the Slump, US and Europe

, 08/06/2012

A few weeks ago, while in New York, Rob Johnson (Chair of the Institute of New Economic Thinking) invited me to their offices where we recorded a conversation on my The Global Minotaur, the true causes of the Crash of 2008, the reasons why the global economy cannot find its poise after that momentous Crash, […]

Canada’s Stark Options: Recovery or Regress?

, 26/01/2012

[Here is the speech I intend to give later today at the CCPA workshop on ‘Canada: How can we avoid a lost decade?’ ] If everything is (as economists seem to believe) relative, then Canada is doing reasonably well in the aftermath of the Crash of 2008. Its governing politicians are, of course, stretching credulity […]

The Global Economic Crisis: Can Canada Escape a Lost Decade?

, 25/01/2012

On Thursday 25th January, I shall be participating in what seems like a fascinating debate in the Canadian House of Commons. Organised by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, we shall be discussing the Crisis’ impact on Canada, the wisdom (or otherwise) of its government’s planned responses and the links between the Canadian, American, European […]

CATHARSIS DENIED: The tragedy of 9/11 ten years on

, 28/08/2011

The death of innocents haunts the living until each death is individuated, every last moment is narrated, all personal stories are woven into some unified, cathartic account. During the past ten years, much of the haunting has been lifted by superb reconstructions of the last phone calls, the self-denying rescue efforts, the struggle to escape […]

James Galbraith on the European Project's critical moment

, 09/07/2011

James Galbraith kindly sent me the following piece, commissioned by DW, with the premission to reproduce it here. It is both a timely and an astute piece entitled Unless it’s reformed, Europe’s project is doomed. Enjoy:

The Minotaur’s Global Legacy, Part B – Wounded tigers: Japan, America and the South East Asian crisis

, 05/03/2011

Today I continue with a region by region assessment of the impact of the Global Minotaur’s demise post-2008. The last post looked at Japan. This one focuses on the nexus between Japan, SE Asia and the USA

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