Issue 22 – June 2022

First Word

The 70s? Not again.

If you remember the 70s then you weren’t there. That was the oft-cited summary of the time as shrouded in a narcotic haze. I, however, do remember the 70s quite

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Neo expressionism?

Ann Pettifor’s energy and analysis is currently focused on the state of the international financial system. The Mint caught up with her to get her sketch of its direction of

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A confluence of influence

Steve Keen has just finished his attempt to move from academia to politics in the recent Australian election. Even though he wasn’t successful, he had a ringside seat to a

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More is less

Mainstream politics has long proved resistant to the arguments of those who question the pursuit of unending economic growth. Richard McNeill Douglas suggests a treatment. It is fifty years since

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Economics rules – not OK

Economic decisions are made without the full understanding of the people they affect most. Katy Wiese spells out the issues. For many, economics is technical, jargon-laden, yet abstract, making it

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Farming carbon

Dr Mandy Stoker tells how captured carbon is neither black gold nor a guaranteed green deal. The 5,000 trees we planted seven years ago are bursting into leaf. They have

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Roadblock or drive-through?

Canada’s bid to protect its democracy by corralling informal funding groups could have unintended outcomes counter to its aims. James Patriquin and Caroline Shenaz Hossein explain. Between 28 January and

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David never beats Goliath

The economic impact of war in Ukraine will tighten the screw on people who have endured assault for decades under a lauded financial regime, says Grimot Nane. Russia’s invasion of

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Fair play 

Tom Levitt tells how a bid to disrupt the world of high-cost credit has prevented a broken washing machine becoming a disaster for many thousands of households.  The tools of

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Dearth and taxes

Paul Frijters suggests it’s time to stop relying on accounting to get the rich and powerful to pay their dues. The Romans extracted tributes from their provinces, such as regular

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Pensions get the green-lite

Why better pensions help the climate – Bruno Bonizzi explains. In October 2021, two UK-based academics, Dr Neil Davies and Dr Ewan McGaughey, issued proceedings against the directors of the

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Where is credit due?

Nick Bernards looks at financial solutions to poverty and their remarkable durability.  In 2019, World Bank vice president for equitable growth, finance and institutions, Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, sang the virtues of

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Blowing the house down

Alexander Tziamalis and Yuan Wang point to sources behind ballooning inflation. The bad news: inflation is back in the public spotlight these days and rightly so. Inflation has kept on

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Book Review

Sharks are eating the whales

Alex Kozul-Wright reviews The Value of a Whale by Adrienne Buller, Manchester Press (2022) and The Finance Curse by Nicholas Shaxson, Penguin Random House (2018). Though distinct in their focus,

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