Steve Keen

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KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell ~ Rodney Crowell
Lovers of Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr’s songs will love this. The different artists performing the songs each gives them a different seasoning, meaning that their amenability to different styles is brought out. Whilst often the lyrical style and subject matter are typical of the writers – outlaws, misbehaving parents, beloved siblings, home, sorrow – the performers’ interpretations are likely not always as Crowell himself would present them: it’s difficult to see/hear him delivering Momma’s On A Roll anything remotely like Lee Ann Womack does.

There are ten tracks and ten high points on the record, but here are some random observations.

Both If The Law Don’t Want You,… Read more
Long Waves of Capitalist Development: A Marxist In&hellip by Ernest Mandel
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought, 27 Aug 2014
Ernest Mandel’s take on Long Waves is an excellent demonstration of Ha-Choon Jang’s recent reminder, in his Pelican Economics primer, that economics is never anything other than political. The difference with Mandel is that he makes absolutely no secret of his angle. There is no hidden agenda. Mandel writes from a Marxist perspective, on the assumption that capitalism has had its day and it is now on life support, waiting for somebody to put it out of its misery.

His principal thesis is that, far from technological change being the driver of capitalist Long Waves, it is the exogenous shocks immediately preceding the adoption of the technology that enables capitalists to reduce… Read more
The Cajuns: Americanization of a People by Shane K. Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars Preserving a culture, 18 Aug 2014
Unlike many accounts of the injustices and indignities imposed on the people now referred to as Cajuns, Shane Bernard’s focus is not on the original sin, the expulsion of the French inhabitants of L’Acadie, modern-day Nova Scotia, in the mid-18th Century, by the British, but upon their experience in their new home, Louisiana, in the 20th.

Bernard begins with the Second World War, the event which began the process by which the Cajun culture of southern Louisiana was inexorably subsumed and subverted by Americanism. As Cajun men were sent out into the world to serve in the forces, and brought back with them the message that their language was inferior and would get them nowhere, so… Read more

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