B&B: History of being a liberal // Foucault’s power // Sen and Deaton talk // Accounting giants // Labor against its interests // Central banks think historically // Cities vs Multinationals

> “The story of the term neoliberalism is a tale about the changing meaning, power and, ultimately, diminishment of liberalism as a living political ideology”. The short history of ‘being liberal’ in the 20th century, depicted by Lawrence Glickman, an author of Free Enterprise: An American History

> Foucault’s most crucial claim about power is that we must not treat it as a unitary thing that can explain everything else. “Only by analyzing power in its multiplicity, as Foucault did, we have a chance to mount a multiplicity of freedoms”, argues Colin Koopman, an author of How We Became Our Data: A Genealogy of the Informational Person

> Joan Robinson once said to her PhD student Amartya Sen: “[Your thesis] will be praised by established economists… You have to promise me that someday you will come back to real economics.” A revealing conversation between Nobel Laureates Amartya Sen and Angus Deaton focuses on bringing ethical issues into economics, and the implications that this has for the practice and teaching of economics (video and text)

> The ‘Big Four’ global accounting firms are intimate insiders of the business world, they counsel ministries on healthcare & military, they are a solvent dissolving the boundary between public and private interests — a chapter by Richard Brooks, adapted from his book Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism

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> Why the Working Class votes against its economic interests, asks Jeff Madrick reviewing two new books on the nowadays power of oligarchy and corporate monopoly: Break ‘Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money by Zephyr Teachout and The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It by Robert Reich

> “Central banks need to invest in the capacity of their staff to think historically… drawing on decades of work by economic historians, as well as their own archives which manifest layers of institutional memory.” — by Austen Saunders, an official in the Bank of England Prudential Policy Division.

> Cities are currently becoming political spaces of struggle and articulation of social majorities, facilitating the articulation of new forms and practices to limit the power of multinational corporations — a collection of articles by activists, journalists, officials and academics

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