Tag: economics

Paying for the Pandemic

On Australia’s present trajectory, the rich will be massively enriched, the well-off will be better off, and the costs of the pandemic will fall on the rest of the population. But the scope for radical change has rarely been greater.

Why Study Economics?

Economics students should be exposed to big-picture issues. Why so much brutality in the growth of material ‘prosperity’, and was/is it inevitable? Why do economic systems vary across ‘capitalist’ countries? Whence came the welfare state and why the decades of attacks on it?

Everything Is Thinkable, So What Is To Be Done?

This is not a time of species affirmation; it is the hour of gravest peril. It is also a reopening of human possibility.

Trump: Logician to Rhetorician, by Jon Altman

Jon Altman

9 Feb 2017

Trump's message is to make America great again. The means to do this, according to him, is to revisit the twentieth-century industrial capitalism that made America ‘great’ before. It is the legacy of this American Dream of bloated materialism and waste that is now choking the planet.

Politics and the Budget Plan

19 May 2016

The snake-oil solutions proffered by Turnbull & Co. in their attempts to renew growth deserve two kinds of comment. First, that our present problems arise out of transformations associated with the shift to globalisation that took off in the 1980s. Second, growth is not really the main point.

Liberal Tax Dilemma a Sign of the Times

13 Mar 2016

As Malcolm Turnbull faces the reality of an unpredictable public and an imminent election, he is not finding life all that easy.. Being popular without actual policy had only a short term prospect, and most actual policies that are briefly floated turn out to be fraught one way or another. The most exciting of times are hardly straight-forward.

Challenging the Mining Elites

The implications for the capitalist economy and Australia’s mining in the face of Climate Change by Conal Thwaite

Two Worlds

John Hinkson discusses the implications of two worlds developing on the cultural stage

Up Close and Abstract

Michele Willson Image and Presence Vie in Online Offerings