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4431

Chinese politics

An anonymous consultant to Chinese policymakers provides a revealing appraisal of policies pursued by President Xi Jinping, in particular his reluctance to
larrywillmore
19 Oct
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4430

Richard Thaler, 2017 Nobel laureate

Tim Harford, 'undercover economist' for the Financial Times, explains how Richard Thaler (born 1945) was able to win this year's Nobel Memorial Prize in
larrywillmore
14 Oct
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4429

Malaysia considers universal pensions

Universiti Malaya economics professor Datuk Norma Mansor, says that, in Malaysia, people's savings are not sufficient to maintain themselves in old age. ***
larrywillmore
11 Oct
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4428

the failure of monetary models

*** As they gather in Washington for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund, there is a crisis of confidence in central banking. Their economic
larrywillmore
11 Oct
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4427

Che Guevara in Bolivia

October 8th was the 50th anniversary of the capture of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in Bolivia. General Gary Prado Salmón, who was the last person to speak with Che,
larrywillmore
9 Oct
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4426

gun ownship and firearm deaths in the USA

Here are three very informative charts of the day: The three charts are drawn from the following article: Barney Jopson and John Burn-Murdoch, "US gun
larrywillmore
5 Oct
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4425

US tax reform

FT columnist Martin Wolf writes that Trump's proposal for reform of the tax system of the United States is thin and regressive. In brief, it is a wasted
larrywillmore
4 Oct
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4424

Mr Trump, prayer and the NRA

FT columnist Edward Luce has given Donald Trump a severe tongue-lashing. In my opinion it is well-deserved. *** At the mere rumour of a terror attack in
larrywillmore
4 Oct
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4422

Hugh Hefner's legacy

Hugh Hefner the founder of Playboy magazine, has died. He was born in Chicago 91 years ago, to conservative, Methodist parents from Nebraska. His mother was a
larrywillmore
1 Oct
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4421

global warming and nuclear war

British journalist Simon Kuper (born 1969) is now my favourite columnist in the Financial Times. That is no small feat, as the staff of the FT is filled with
larrywillmore
30 Sep
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4420

weapons of mass distraction

Donald Trump is a master at manipulating the press. When a crisis appears, he deftly changes the focus of the press to something else. Richard Nixon, much like
larrywillmore
26 Sep
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4419

big tech replaces big finance

FT columnist Gillian Tett writes that big tech today poses the same threat that big finance did a decade ago, yet the US Congress ignores big tech today just
larrywillmore
24 Sep
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4418

Brexit as a useful experiment

FT columnist Simon Kuper writes that Britain's experiment with Brexit, like football, is a gift to other countries. *** The British chemist Sir Humphry Davy
larrywillmore
24 Sep
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4417

low inflation mystery in the USA

Price inflation in the US continues at a pace well below the target level of 2% a year. No one knows why, yet the head of its central bank (Janet Yellen)
larrywillmore
22 Sep
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4416

the many enemies of George Soros

George Soros (the wealthy investor and philanthropist, born 1930 in Budapest) has found that it is not easy to be a liberal at a time when large numbers of
larrywillmore
18 Sep
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