Debunking Economics

Phil talks to Prof Steve Keen on the lies and misunderstands of the economics profession

Growth. Do We Really Need It?

Why is the economy is dependent on growth. Is it psychological – that we like to think we are better off – or is there a mathematical reason that demands growth?

Steve Keen on the Year Ahead

The start of the end of the Euro, the continued rise of the right, recession for Australia and a booming US economy thanks to Trump‘s spending program.

What Scrooge Could Learn From Keynesian Economics

If Scrooge had behaved like he did he in the last few pages of A Christmas Carol, he would be bankrupt. But he wasn’t good for the economy beforehand, either.

Bank Collapses, All Over Again.

We look at the state of banks around the world and economies teetering on the edge. If we are to face another global financial crisis, driven by bank collapses, how do the circumstances compare with 2007-8?

Is Productivity Really That Important?

Figures on productivity can be misleading, and hide the growing inequality in society. There are better measures, Steve Keen believes.

Why Debt is Like Sex With Accountants

Steve Keen talks the importance of double entry book keeping – something accountants might find more exciting than sex. If they even know what that is.

National debt and private debt – how one can help the other

Why is it that we expect our governments to operate without borrowing, whilst many of us are mortgaged to the hilt?

How Much is Free Trade Costing Us?

An explanation on why Ricardo’s theories on comparative advantage don’t hold true in the real world. Starting with the the industrialisation of Japan.

Influencing the Speed of Money

Milton Friedman had a theory that the wealth of a nation was determined by the amount of money and the velocity of that money. So shouldn’t we be trying to speed things up.

Austerity is Chipmunk Thinking

Is the government’s austerity programme the same as chipmunks hording nuts for the winter. Fine if we want the economy to go into hibernation.

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