Tag Archives: Economics

Essential Economics Reading

Lucid commentary on economics is rare. In this time of economic crisis media commentary on economic matters has increased and public interest in such commentary has prompted greater coverage and output. But not always resulting in greater clarity and enlightenment. One exception to this norm is the Policy Briefing of the Irish CORI Justice team. […]

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Economic Implosion is bad news for world's Poorest

Well it’s official. The UN site, IRIN, posted a report from Dakar citing analyses and forecasts by UN economists on the likely impact of the downturn in the West on the situation of Africa’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Infant morality is set to rise quite dramatically due to the collapse of funding for major […]

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Rebuilding the Global Financial System (GFS)

I am reliably informed that GPS car installations were the Christmas gift of choice in 2008.  Every time I get lost on the A43 into Lyon I pine for one! But what the world needs right now is a brand new GFS – Global Financial System. This morning I sat for 30 minutes watching the […]

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Who are the poor?

The current issue of Le Monde 2, the week-end supplement to Le Monde, the prestigious French daily, carries an interview with Professor Paul Collier. Along with Jeff Sachs, Paul Collier is one of the acknowledged experts on development economics. Those who follow this theme at the theoretical level will be familiar with the often trenchant […]

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Shaking of the Foundations

Paul Tillich, the theologian, wrote a book in the 1960s that influenced a whole generation. It was entitled The Shaking of the Foundations. At the time it was the set of fundamental theological concepts that underpinned the belief systems of most Christians, including Catholics, that was in question. It was a challenge to Christians to […]

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Greed is no longer good

We all remember that famous Michael Douglas character quote from the movie Wall Street: “Greed is good”. Those were days of irresponsible and ruthless disregard for the common good. Unashamed individual wealth creation was applauded and celebrated. George Soros could force the Bank of England to devalue the British pound. Speculation drove the value of […]

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