Archive for December, 2008

The China Digital Times, an excellent portal source for information on contemporary Chinese society, has produced a useful series of guides to China in 2008. Topics include China and the developing world, the environmental crisis, the global financial crisis and China’s domestic market. Links to each review are provided in the latest topic guide: on […]

A review of the Economist’s economic coverage of 2008 reminds its blog readers that the magazine often took a pessimistic stance even before the worst of the crisis broke. It also provides a useful reminder of one of its key articles of the year. In October it published a markedly defensive defence of capitalism. After […]

Sense about Science, a British science education charity, has produced its third annual Celebrities and Science review (PDF). Not only is it amusing but it is also informative about common misconceptions on scientific topics.

Merry Christmas

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24 Dec 2008

I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas as well as a happy and prosperous new year.

Indur Goklany has written a cheery article for the Cato Institute on death from extreme weather events in America. Despite the grim nature of the subject the ultimate conclusion is uplifting: * Extreme cold is responsible for about half the deaths from weather-related events – about twice as many as extreme heat. * Extreme weather […]

Be energised

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21 Dec 2008

Energise! (Beautiful Books) by James Woudhuysen and Joe Kaplinsky is finally out. The book’s starting point is the need to bolster the supply of energy if humanity is to meet its full potential. Not only does the content look excellent but the presentation and production quality look superb. A must read book.

Monthly Review, an American left wing publication, has an article by Immanuel Wallerstein, a senior research scholar at Yale, on “The Human Costs of Economic Growth” in its December issue. The title is misleading as the article is a review of Amiya Kumar Bagchi’s Perilous Passage: Mankind and the Global Ascendancy of Capital (Rowman & […]

Frank Furedi has an important article on today’s spiked arguing it is time to have a debate on the real economy. For him this means discussing how it should be restructured and reorganised in contrast with the current narrow focus on financial problems.

Real Clear Markets has published my latest comment from Fund Strategy.

The following comment by me appeared in the latest Fund Strategy (15 December). As the days go by explanations for the economic crisis pile up. Initially the favoured explanation was a combination of greedy bankers and irresponsible borrowers. Others added to the list since include insufficient state intervention and timeless financial euphoria. This column has […]