Category Archives: Economics and Politics

Where does wisdom come from? In part, wisdom comes from reasoned and informed democratic debate from opposing sides. This debate is often messy, unseemly, and always raucous, but out of the thunder and smoke emerges genuine insight. In our society, this debate emerges in the form of democracy. Michio Kaku.
Democracy is not easy. You have to work at it. “Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve”. George Bernard Shaw.

What is the right, the best, the proper administration system for contemporary society? Is something like possible? IMHO there is no one final, last, accomplished. We always will be searching for and moving to better. It is, probably, the evolutionary axiom. Everyone who takes part in evolutionary process is doomed to accept the basic rules. But one thing is certain: we have to base our search on reality, on the human nature as it is. No previous societies religions or beliefs. Facts, reality and science only. Always using skeptics main question: – Am I right?

Trump is full of lies and Putin is full of tricks. Who to believe?

At the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the man whose thumb was all over the scale that delivered Trump’s victory. It was like a father meeting his offspring. Tillerson said Trump and … Continue reading

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Tā dzīvojam. Professor Daniele Ganser

https://doveiks.lv/2017/06/12/saglaba-un-noskaties-sveiciesa-viedoklis/ Many, who don’t like his thoughts, call them conspiracy theories. It seems to me that it is the same conspiracy as evolution theory, our primate needs and behavior. I.V. 

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The Economy Is Like a Circus

The economy is like a circus. It comes to town, and eventually it leaves town. We get paid in tickets to this circus. As long as the circus stays in town, we can use our tickets. Once the circus leaves … Continue reading

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The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin went data-gathering. Anyone who has not spent … Continue reading

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Workless, or working less?

That’s the title of review of Tim Dunlop’s excellent new book, Why the Future Is Workless, published at Inside Story. More: https://groups.google.com/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#!topic/atvoid-2/WWAHOkqz2Kk Donald Trump’s election to the US presidency has brought to the fore issues that have been simmering for some time. Despite … Continue reading

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2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart

Some people would argue that 2016 was the year that the world economy started to come apart, with the passage of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the “coming apart” process started in 2016, in my … Continue reading

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This is the most dangerous time for our planet

As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centered around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community which I became part … Continue reading

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What has gone wrong with oil prices, debt, and GDP growth?

Our economy is a mystery to almost everyone, including economists. Let me explain the way I see the situation: If an economy is already reaching limits because of the long-term battle between diminishing returns and rising complexity, the use of … Continue reading

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Krievijas armijas izvešana

Andris Pauls Pāvuls:  1994. gadā strādāju 5. Saeimā apvienības „Tēvzemei un Brīvībai” frakcijā un paralēli izmeklēšanas komisijā, kura, citu starp, izvērtēja PSRS armijas izvešanas procesu un par to atbildīgo personu rīcību. Īsumā: tika izvesti PSRS armijas „dzelži” (pārsvarā lielgabarīta) kopā … Continue reading

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Why Both The Left and Right Really Want Trump To win

The political spectrum is more like a circle than a line with the extreme right and the extreme left meeting at a point. This perhaps explains why the left is so indifferent to a Trump win and keep arguing how … Continue reading

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Rietumvalstīs tiek uzsākta kampaņa cīņai ar skaidru naudu

Kampaņas pret skaidru naudu analīze parāda, ka tā ir labi koordinēta. Pēc finanšu krīzes 2007. – 2009.gadā pasaules banku sistēma strauji sāka tuvoties “negatīvai zonai”: daudzas centrālās bankas ieviesa negatīvas procentu likmes saviem depozītiem. Bet tagad dažās centrālajās bankās ir … Continue reading

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NATO: America’s Other Cold War Dinosaur

by Jacob G. Hornberger, June 2, 2016  http://fff.org/2016/06/02/nato-americas-cold-war-dinosaur/  Ever since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the mainstream media has, by and large, towed the official Washington line: that the Cold War never ended, the Russian (i.e., Soviet) communist threat never went away, … Continue reading

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Our economic growth system is reaching limits in a strange way

http://ourfiniteworld.com/2016/03/17/our-economic-growth-system-is-reaching-limits-in-a-strange-way/ Economic growth never seems to be as high as those making forecasts would like it to be. This is a record of recent forecasts by the International Monetary Fund: 1. Rising debt is an issue because fossil fuels give us … Continue reading

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Capitalism will eat democracy — unless we speak up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB4s5b9NL3I Tā vien šķiet, ka viņi domā tajos šablonos, kurus saņēmuši dzīves laikā. Ja plašāk, tad nav nekāda ‘tīra’ kapitālisma, sociālisma, komūnisma un demokrātijas. Cilvēku sabiedrības izdzīvošanai vajadzīgs balanss, kurā no katras mācības vai sistēmas paņem derīgo un ierobežo kaitīgo, … Continue reading

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 Inequality Will Not Go Away On Its Own.

 The immediate crisis may have passed, but most Americans still haven’t recovered from the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. Wealthy Americans, on the other hand, are doing better than ever. In the three years after the recession hit, … Continue reading

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The Rich, the Right, and the Facts: Deconstructing the Income Distribution Debate

In 1992, economist Paul Krugman, now a New York Times columnist, published this article in the Fall issue of  “The American Prospect”. Today, his assertions hold up, especially in answer to the conservative critics of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in a Twenty-First … Continue reading

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Is Vast Inequality Necessary?

How rich do we need the rich to be? That’s not an idle question. It is, arguably, what U.S. politics are substantively about. Liberals want to raise taxes on high incomes and use the proceeds to strengthen the social safety … Continue reading

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Русский социализм закончился на Капри. Возродится ли он?

http://razumru.ru/science/authority/einstein.htm Я весьма благодарен Н. Абдулгамидову за то, что он привлёк наше внимание к исключительно интересной и авторитетной статье А. Эйнштейна. Знакомство с нею позволяет возобновить, так сказать, с «чистой страницы» разговор о судьбах социализма (и коммунизма) вообще и в России в частности. Прежде … Continue reading

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Par nacionālnodevējiem, zemes lielīpašniekiem, maksātnespējas administratoriem un “zemes piespiedu nomu” pilsētās

015. gada 20. decembrī analītiskais TV raidījums “De facto” skāra sen sasāpējušu un smagu tēmu – tā dēvēto “zemes piespiedu nomu” pilsētās. Raidījumā “Ietekmīgākie zemes iznomātāji – maksātnespējas administratori” izskanēja šādas, manuprāt, svarīgākās tēzes: – Zemi, kas piesaistīta daudzām Rīgas … Continue reading

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Ģenētiski modificēta pārtika izraisa nopietnus veselības traucējumus

Tiesa apstiprināja, ka franču zinātniekam Žilam Ērikam Seralini (Gilles-Eric Seralini (1960)) bija taisnība, kad viņš paziņoja, ka zinātnisko pētījumu laikā, kuros uz žurkām eksperimentēja ar ģenētiski modificētu kukurūzu, tika konstatēts, ka žurkām no tā rodas nopietni veselības traucējumi, tai skaitā … Continue reading

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Transnational Corporations

I think the first thing that needs to be done is recognize a shift away from government and toward corporate power.  Economies of scale have allowed TNCs to garner more economic power than many governments.  This, in turn, has allowed … Continue reading

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forbes

Eiropas civilizācijā mazākuma dzīvošana uz vairākuma darba augļu rēķina ir ļoti sena un svēta tradīcija. Situācijā, kad 1% Zemes iedzīvotāju pieder puse pasaules bagātību, bet 85 pašiem bagātākajiem miljardieriem pieder kapitāls, kurš ir līdzvērtīgs 3,6 miljardiem nabadzīgāko iedzīvotāju kapitāla kopsummai. … Continue reading

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Koch Economics and their Debt Default Advantage

https://www.facebook.com/notes/koch-brothers-exposed/koch-economics-and-their-debt-default-advantage/238716982817764 We are seeing the result of Koch Economics and what happens when a few tycoons accrue the billions necessary to invest in politicians, nonprofit foundations and ideological think thanks. Pay for active duty soldiers and veterans’ benefits would freeze without … Continue reading

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Why aren’t the poor storming the barricades?

It is fallacious to argue that because no one is storming the castle, no real injustice exists. But maybe income inequality isn’t really a problem. “Overall material well-being” should be our lodestar, the Cato report reads, and an individual’s lifetime level … Continue reading

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How China’s Currency Policies Will Change the World

The recent fluctuations in China’s currency typify the best and worst of a globalized world, where developments in one place can instantly change the political and financial calculations of governments in others. For most of human history, the communities, cultures … Continue reading

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