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4 γάμοι και 1 κηδεία…

February 25, 2013 1 comment

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Το παρακάτω κείμενο δεν έχει καμία σχέση με την ομώνυμη ταινία. Έχει να κάνει με τις επιλογές που έκαναν κάποιες κοινωνίες στο παρελθόν και τα αποτελέσματα που απέφεραν. Ο γάμος συμβολίζει την πρόθεση των ανθρώπων να πάρουν ένα μονοπάτι που οδηγεί στην ευτυχία. Η έννοια του γάμου είναι συνυφασμένη με χαρές και θετικά συναισθήματα, σε όλες τις κοινωνίες η μέρα του γάμου είναι από τις πιο σημαντικές (και ευτυχισμένες). Από την άλλη η κηδεία συμβολίζει το τέλος. Read more…

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Η πιο σημαντική ερώτηση… Πόσα? Πόσα θα κοστίσει η κάθε επιλογή?

May 23, 2012 1 comment

Από τον Τυχαίο,
Στο τέλος της ημέρας – που λένε και οι αγγλοσάξωνες – και σε ό,τι αφορά στην οικονομία καθώς και σε κάθε πολιτική που σχετίζεται με αυτή, ένα είναι το κεντρικό ερώτημα που πρέπει να απαντηθεί;
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Η μετέωρη κωλοτούμπα του Κ. Baroufakis! Μέρος Β

May 18, 2012 2 comments

Το μέρος Α ΕΔΩ

Πριν τις εκλογές Ο Μέγας Βαρουφάκης (όπως και ο Μέγας Ναπολέων) αποφάσισε να πει στους αναγνώστες του τι θα ψήφιζε σαν αυθεντία που είναι , και έμμεσα να προτρέψει τους αναγνώστες του. Ο Καθηγητής την έχει κάνει με ελαφρά πηδηματάκια και γράφει εκ τους ασφαλές. Ξεκινάει με αναφορά ότι το μνημόνιο 1 ήταν λάθος και η Ελλάδα «χαλαρά» θα μπορούσε να τα βγάλει πέρα χωρίς δανεισμό. Τουλάχιστον κατανοεί ότι υπήρχε πρωτογενές Έλλειμμα 9,5 δισεκατομμύρια Ευρώ (προϊόν του κακού-Κενσιασμού των τελευταίων 30 ετών) καθώς και ανάγκη για ομόλογα (μόνο προς Ελληνικές τράπεζες) στα 10,92 δισεκατομμύρια Ευρώ. Θα το γράψω σε εκατομμύρια- 10.920 εκατομμύρια Ευρώ, ψιλό-νούμερα.

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How Generosity damages your pocket

January 23, 2012 Leave a comment

By Stelios Tachatzis

Recently I heard an interesting story about John Maynard Keynes. The story takes place inNew Yorkafter the Great Depression. Keynes was enjoying a walk with a friend of his in the streets of the city. While walking, they passed by a homeless person who was begging for money.Keynes’ friend turned back and gave to the poor man a dollar. Then Keynes, surprised and frustrated, turned to his friend and said: “Do you realise that you are the reason of depreciating our currency? You shouldn’t have helped him!”

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Concentrated Economic Power

August 12, 2011 1 comment

IMF Employee of the Year! (Papandreou)

Note:a version of this post is cross posted at the-peripatetic.com.
Though I didn’t really intend to blog about so many political issues, I find myself coming back to issues that are as much political as they are economic or cultural.  I guess those IPE guys have a point about the connection between politics and economics.  Whether or not this latest “crisis” has been averted, those who have the most to benefit from this latest Greek salvationare those who already had the most: the elites, and that makes this an issue of social justice as much as of economics. Read more…

In praise of Germany 1

August 2, 2011 1 comment

For most of the past decade the anglosaxon press was criticizing Germany’s economic model and its anemic growth. Publications like the Economist, especially,(prior to the crisis in 2008) were deeply critical of Germany’s consensus driven industrial relations and they were expecting all the German manufacturing job(especially in the auto industry) to migrate to cheaper alternatives after the EU expansion in 2004. Articles calling Germany the sick man of Europe were aplenty. Germany was always described by adjectives like: sclerotic, inflexible, averse to reform, insular. The pro liberal immigration papers were also criticizing Germany for not making itself more attractive to skilled immigrants. What a difference a crisis makes?The Economist in particularly was fond of castigating Germany for not creating new jobs but preserving the old ones(From hoarding to hiring Oct 2010).

Fast forward to 2011; Germany is the undeniably the strongest(and healthiest) country in the Eurozone. America with a growth of 2010 of 2.9% is still having problems creating jobs after its house-building extravaganza. America with its ultra liberal free market has a tendency to let people go off at the first sign of trouble and then rehire madly when(if) the economy picks up again. Germany during the crisis preserved its employment rates  and in 2009 its unemployment was lower than in 2007, a great feat. This was achieved with a combination of the private and the public sector.

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Twice the Taxes, Twice the Fun?


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Note:a version of this post is cross posted at the-peripatetic.com.

I am soon to be a part of that singular group, American expatriates.  I am moving to the capital of Cantopop, Hong Kong.  We expats are lucky in that we have the ability to live apart from the United States and its frequently absurd political climate.  But, as Zanat0s pointed out, we pay a double price. Read more…

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