Category Archives: BITS & BRIEFS

B&B: Tech companies love dogs not unions // How US conservative elite persists // Male-dominated central banks // India’s demonetisation // The making of Tourist Capitalism

> Tech companies have promoted their self-image as the antithesis of old “evil” corporations by opening their offices to dogs, but not to unions — by Jonny Bunning > Three must-read books on how the wealthy and conservative elites engineer and … Continue reading

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B&B: Herbert Marcuse // The Adjunct Crisis // Against Capitalist Orthodoxy // Gender and finance // History of taxing the rich // (Im)mobility in the rural America // Inventing Thanksgiving

This time, especially worth reading  and sharing articles: > Herbert Marcuse on how the Frankfurt School reevaluated Marxism following the failure of crises to destroy capitalism, the philosophical roots of the student rebellions of the 1960s, and more — in … Continue reading

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B&B: Gendered economics // Social drinking // Competition amok // Neoliberal beliefs vs. neoliberal reality // Do protests work? // Business’ counter-mobilization // Pro-poor market

This time, especially worth reading  and sharing articles: > Women economists are forced to conform to research interests and publishing habits of male economists. Gender discrimination in economics has various facets — by Giulia Zacchia > Social drinking: How one hundred years … Continue reading

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B&B: Populism // Rostow’s economics and Vietnam War // Informal economy grows // Universities’ privatization failures // Deficit hawks deceive you // Inequality // One-sided economists

> What is Populism? Its defining feature is not anti-elitism but anti-pluralism; it’s based on a fiction but it is not fictional politics — by Jan-Werner Müller > A standard format of budget reporting is deceptive, but it works for the deficit … Continue reading

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B&B: Economics Nobel fools you // Moral limits, market, and science // Standardization of consumption // Capitalism cannot reform itself // Racial wealth gap // On the origin of cooperation

> Glorifying economists, Nobel Prize aims to create the impression that economics is about discovering timeless truths. Don’t let them fool you — urges Joris Luyendijk > Religious traditions toward capitalism impact scientists’ attitudes toward the commercialization of science — by Jared L. Peifer … Continue reading

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B&B: Geographies of tax evasion // Artifices of the Chicago School // Socialism in the US // Profit and Gift in the Digital Economy // German corporate entrepreneurs // Mortgage fraud

> What do we know about the geographies of tax evasion and tax havens? The essence and details – by Manuel B. Aalbers > The artifices of the Chicago School of economics, the limits of  neoliberalism,  and moving beyond the laws of the market … Continue reading

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B&B: RIP Lynn Stout // Inequality endures // Politics and consumer behavior // Skidelsky on Keynes // Women and Wall Street // Congratulations to Patrick Le Galès

> R.I.P Lynn Stout, an internationally recognized scholar, prolific writer, passionate speaker, devoted teacher. Her path-breaking and highly compelling book The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations, and the Public (2012) became an influential intellectual alert. In … Continue reading

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B&B: Thomas Piketty on Tony Atkinson // Cultural birth of Austrian Economics // Slavery made capitalism // Cold War fueled Free Market // Gendering of money // Topology of finance

This time, especially worth reading  and sharing articles: > Thomas Piketty reflects on Tony Atkinson’s remarkable intellectual journey, his path-breaking works, and his last book Inequality: What Can Be Done? > How 1920-30s Viennese politics and culture shaped Austrian Economics and … Continue reading

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B&B: Finance drains firms // The Adjunct Crisis // Sociology of cashless society // Risk officers increase risks // The myth of the empowered consumer // Credit, Neoliberalism, and post-Apartheid South Africa

This time, especially worth reading  and sharing articles: > “Finance is no longer a tool for getting money into productive businesses, but getting money out of them” — by J.W. Mason > Corporatization, marketization, and adjunctification of the university end up producing the … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: How multinationals avoid taxes // Finance needs households // Discourse on privilege benefits the elites // Gender stereotypes in economics // Shell-based currency in California // Shopping and Enclave Urbanism in Mexico

This time, especially worth reading  – and sharing – articles: > How Apple and other multinationals avoid taxes and accountability: A network study of offshore finance — by Jan Fichtner > Financial capitalism remains deeply dependent on households, even as it obscures … Continue reading

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