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Alacsony kereslet a politikusgyilkosságokra

Bruno Frey szerint a politikusok védelmére fordított költségek indokolatlanok, tekintettel a politikusgyilkosságok ritka előfordulására és a politikusok “cserélésének” alacsony társadalmi költségére.

While the prospects of immediate action must be
considered low, this paper may at least put the problem on the agenda of scientific
discourse.

Ír radikálisok válságkezelési javaslata

Egy érdekes radikális válság-kezelési csomag ír kollégáktól.

Az alapelvei:

  • Overcoming the fiscal trap by borrowing, taxing capital assets and opening up the Pension Reserve Fund to infrastructural and enterprise investment
  • Increasing demand and consumption through a new pay deal, extension of welfare benefits, anti-inflation measures
  • Putting our enterprise base on a new footing through a new Green deal, opening up new investment streams, an Enterprise Guarantee and new models of public economic activity.

Tudománypolitika a mainstream szolgálatában

Tanulságos történet a Heterodox Közgazdaságtani Hírlevélből:

Just back from a deeply depressing staff meeting, at which we learned that the Deputy VC (Research) intends to actively discourage staff from publishing in B-ranked journals, on the grounds that ‘it will pull down the average’. When implemented (as it will be), this will eradicate heterodox economics (and HET) altogether…..A longer-term cloud on the horizon is staff support for compulsory (mainstream micro, macro, econometrics) coursework for all new PhD students, which will eradicate heterodox research students too. When I pointed out the effect on anyone doing research in HET or political economy (all 4 of my current PhD students), it was suggested that they might be exempted because they are ‘not doing economics’.

Helyes vagy módszeres?

Stuart Hall bonmot-ja, miközben megmagyarázza, hogy miért kedveli jobban a korai, nem annyira “módszeresen” strukturalista Althussert (For Marx), mint a “befejezettebb” Reading Capitalt: “I am inclined to prefer being “right but not rigorous” to being “rigorous but wrong”.

Obama vs. Marx

A New Republic cikke az amerikai liberalizmus és a szocializmus viszonyáról. Egy tagkönyves szocialista szerint Obamát nehéz lenne szocialista-szimpátiákkal gyanúsítani.

Kicsi nagy stimulus

Krugman szerint most a nagy stimulus is kicsi. Mankiw szerint a demokraták már most is jobban szeretnek költeni a kelleténél.

Sen & Smith

Amarty Sen cikke a kapitalizmus jövőjérő a New York Review of Books-ban. Smith a legfontosabb viszonyítási pont Sen FT-cikkében is. 


Export-import: Malthus-Darwin-Marx

Robert Axelrod az Amerikai Politikatudományi Társaság elnökeként elmondott tavalyi beszédét egy kedves történettel kezdte, amely ráadásul érdekes adalék arra vonatkozólag, hogy mennyit tudnak meríteni egymástól még látszólag egymástól távol eső tudományágak is.

“Let me begin with my favorite story about imports. It
starts with Darwin who describes how he imported a key
insight from Malthus, who was a political economist. Darwin
had spent years collecting his data. Then, as he wrote
in his autobiography:”

“Fifteen months after I had begun my systematic enquiry, I happened
to read for amusement Malthus on Population and being
well prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which goes
on everywhere . . . it at once struck me that under these circumstances
favorable variations would tend to be preserved, and
unfavorable ones to be destroyed. The result of this would be the
formation of a new species. Here, then, I had at last got a theory
by which to work”

“The really neat thing is that twenty years later, another
political economist, namely Marx, imported Darwin’s conception
of struggle back into political economy. As Marx
wrote in a letter to a colleague:”

“Darwin’s book is very
important and serves me as the basis in natural sciences
for the class struggle in history.”

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