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Friday, January 19, 2018

A constructive approach to euro area reform : CEPR

PolicyInsight91.pdf



The need to improve the euro area financial
architecture to make it less vulnerable to crises
and to deliver long-term prosperity to all its
members remains as strong as ever. Nevertheless, .... 

via Leonid Bershidsky at Bloomberg View  

Monday, January 15, 2018

Steve Fuller : "... .but what about the Alt-Left?"

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2018/01/15/what-about-the-alt-left/
...I can only take a first step here. It would involve reviving the original left’s strong distinction between humanity’s past, as embodied in its history, and humanity’s future, as embodied in its potential – the one to be discarded, or at least avoided, and the other to be cultivated and made allowed to flourish. This would mean restoring ‘progress’ as a central term in political discourse and steering away from more past-looking ‘reparative’ notions of social justice, which have made it all too easy for Breitbart to concoct its own, currently dominant version of an ‘Alt-Left’.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dani Rodrik : "In Defense of Economic Populism"

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/defense-of-economic-populism-by-dani-rodrik-2018-01
Populists’ aversion to institutional restraints extends to the economy, where they oppose obstacles placed in their way by autonomous regulatory agencies, independent central banks, and global trade rules. But while populism in the political domain is almost always harmful, economic populism can sometimes be justified.