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  1. I wanted to start a thread with very informative documentaries for any HPC'er. I'll start with theses twoe must's: 1) http://documentary-movie.com/inside-job/ Narrated by Mat Damon, the documentary explains the wallstreet crash of 08. Subjects include liar loans (predatory loans), Collaterlatised Debt Obligations and Securities Fraud. 2) Princes of the Yen This documentary explains the rise and fall of the Japanese economy between the end of WWII and the bubble crash of the 80's.
  2. Hi, I have been asked to take up a post tutoring a child in economics. I did economics at university, but I still remember the best books were the course book I had at school in Scotland, for what was then called O Grade and Higher Economics (circa 1987-88). I did buy a self-help book at the same time for the English A-Level Economics course (a big book with a large orange "A" on the cover), but I remember thinking it was not quite so good. Does anyone know the best place to go for old economics textbooks? Or maybe you can recommend the best recent one, which goes through basic economics from supply/demand and opportunity cost to OMO and free/fixed exchange rates...?
  3. So, I guess we're all agreed on this forum that house price inflation began in late '90s and continued onwards due to deregulation of money creation by private banks. This includes Building Society de-mutualisation, and allowing banks into the residential mortgage market. I have since been following Prof Richard Werner, Prof Steve Keen and read Treasure Islands by Nicholas Shaxson. Also 'Debt: The First 500 Years' by David Graeber and 'Austerity, The History of a Really Bad Idea' is a great book too. There are 3 sources of creation of money: a) BOMD (Bank Originated Money and Debt) - i.e. when a bank creates your mortgage, all it is doing is buying a security from you, and changing a figure in your bank account to show your new debt. I.e. it has no money, no money changes hands. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC0G7pY4wRE Govt runs a surplus - which really means pushing a) and c) offshore c) Govt spends more than it gets back in taxes And the clever bit is c). Because a govt has it's own bank (BoE), it can create money. And unlike private banks (BOMD) - it is created free of debt. Prof Werner speaks of bringing in 'guidance of bank credit' rules. So that we have the right amount of money created for investing in productive activities and can moderate that created for speculation / property. Also PositiveMoney.org has a lot of info and a rapidly growing base of activists.
  4. Over the past decade, we've experienced some extraordinary economic and monetary events... yet, on the surface, at least, everything appears to continue much as before. It feels as if the tangible effects from the political and economic situation only expose themselves in subtle ways - and, if one were disinterested, one might even fail to notice changes. This left me thinking about the 'big picture' - wondering if civil society is (gradually) shifting towards some new paradigm... a 'new way of thinking' that will result in new ways of conducting one's life - with new kinds of opportunities and challenges. Having identified this powerful, if ill-explained and inadequately researched idea... I turned my attention to the task of identifying any new paradigms... with the ultimate goal of forecasting their effects. A snag is that massive, global, monetary "stimulus" is unprecedented... which has prompted me to want to find out about other examples of significant economic paradigm shifts. One of my first thoughts was "The USSR" - because (during the 20th century, especially) Russian civil society must have been very different to my contemporary experiences in Britain. I was recommended to read "The Russian Economy From Lenin to Putin" by Steven Rosefielde. It is interesting, but not quite what I'd hoped it would be - from the title... the economics it addresses is more 'textbook theorem' than 'colourful history.' Can anyone recommend apt material on Russia? Are there other examples of civil societies which, either underwent massive changes - or, perhaps, are (or were) significantly different to the perspective one gets from the secular West? Am I alone in being inquisitive about such things?
  5. So this does read like a Daily Mash story, but in not finding the killer joke/exaggeration I'm left trying to delay stupefaction till somebody can point out Monbiot has been at the funny cigarettes again. In the meantime fill yer boots: David Cameron Letter Protesting Cuts in Oxfordshire
  6. I have always been interested in Economics and I studied the subject at school and university. I went to the local comprehensive in Scotland and a (supposedly) top school of economics at a British university. The teaching at school was very good. Our teachers basically told us what was what, explaining fractional reserve banking, the gold standard (I came away understanding it was the best system), money as debt and the current state of the economy (I can still remember the prices for crude oil at that time, mostly $18, will probably soon be experiencing deja vu!). Then I got to university and it was a complete farce. It was all so wrong that it completely put me off Economics and I followed a different career, despite having an honours degree. In fact, it was only when I reached the honours course that we seemed to do anything relevant, like international finance. The neo-Keynesian theories just did not make sense, without being able to fully understand why, because criticism did not come into it. The other business subjects were taught in an equally dire fashion (the first lesson in Accounting, which I had also done at school, was "why do we do the things we do?"... wtf??). I wonder if anywhere there is a course in economics, online or whatever, which describes things the way they really are? Not just the Austrian approach, I mean more like the plain facts you get on the Keiser Report, but backed up with statistical evidence, not just their soundbites. I would love to teach my own course to people, only I have been away from the subject for too long and, anyway, do not have all the facts and recent developments at my fingertips...
  7. Interesting article about Keynes today in the New Statesmen. I think Keynes gets a bad time, especially on HPC particularly from people who have never read him. Anyway.. ..and http://www.newstatesman.com/economics/2014/06/paul-mason-what-would-keynes-d
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