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Reading: Fiction, Political Economy and History; Debate and debunking; the people on the recieving end of history. The Fall.
Peter Gowan's 1999 publication "The Global Gamble" is a book of three parts. The first looks at American attempts to retain its global position, especially vis-à-vis Western Europe and Japan, in the period from the United States unilaterally ending the Bretton Woods era of stable currencies and a gold backed dollar in the early 1970's to the Asian financial crisis of 1998. This is followed by a forty odd page look at the Gulf War of 1990-91, and finishes with a collection of articles relating to developments in Eastern Europe during the post cold war era.
The first part is a concise, comprehensive and utterly brilliant look at how the Americans unilaterally ended the… Read more
I found Douglas Dowd's Capitalism and Its Economics to be a fine left-wing/Marxist introduction to the field of economics including a number of prominent economists. His Against the Conventional Wisdom was an interesting book on the American economic scene of the 1990's and earlier. For some reason, Dowd's latest book "Inequality and the Global Economic Crisis" doesn't live up to the standard of those earlier books. It doesn't even live up to the title as very little of the book (up to the half way point which was as far as I could stomach) is directly about inequality… Read more
My feelings regarding Mirowski's "Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste" are decidedly mixed, on the one hand there is much fascinating information and analysis with regards to both Economists and the Financial Meltdown, on the other... well imagine Thomas Franks (of One Market Under God & Pity the Billionaire fame) mainlining a hefty load of hard-core academic jargon, and you have some idea of the style Mirowski writes in and the minor headache I developed from time to time while reading it.
Some of it is brilliant, Mirowski has read up on his Hayek and… Read more