Category Archives: BITS & BRIEFS

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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BITS & BRIEFS: Fed boosted inequality // Fascism promised welfare // Super-citizens shape policy // Financial ‘self-help’ // Grade inflation in marketized university // India’s economic history

> Gerald Epstein on how the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing helped the banks and increased inequality (video) > The appeal of Fascism lays in a promise to protect people in times of excessive and unrestrained Capitalism — by Sheri Berman > Super-citizens: how the … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: How the Great Regression began // Leisure for the sake of capitalism // Inequality Paradigm // Evictions never end // Precarity and fast food // State-regulated prostitution

> Wolfgang Streeck: “Neoliberalism arrived with globalization or else globalization arrived with neoliberalism; that is how the Great Regression began… Whoever puts a society under economic or moral pressure to the point of dissolution reaps resistance from its traditionalists.” > The rhetoric … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Jens Beckert // Humanities and finance // Globalization as an idea // Black Neoliberalism // Bridging Comparative Political Economy and Economic Sociology

> Congratulations to Jens Beckert on being awarded Germany’s highest scientific award Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (€2.5 million in research funds) for his work in reinvigorating the social sciences with an interdisciplinary perspective, especially in the intersection of sociology and economics. … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Dynamic workplace suppresses // Economics is a religion // Conference as a neoliberal commodity // Networks conceal power // Business schools spur immorality

This time, especially worth reading  – and sharing – articles: > Life at the Nowhere Office: The “dynamic” workplace has arisen at a time when professional work has become increasingly insecure — by Miya Tokumitsu and Joeri Mol  > Economics is a religion: … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Sharing, not “Sharing Economy” // Zelizer on Money // Social movements create unionization // Schumpeter’s “Economics of Socialism” syllabus // Deaths of Despair rise

This time, especially worth reading  – and sharing – articles: > Sharing, not “Sharing Economy”: For most of human history, there was no such thing as private property > “Money is not a social engine, but rather a malleable social product“, … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Economics is the biggest problem // Gramsci’s hegemony and the Left // Neoliberalism and Higher Education // Incarceration and children’s achievement gap // Trading votes

> Reducing our relations to calculations of cost and benefit, disciplined by competition and mediated by the manifold devices of economics, we run the risk of losing our humanity — by Philip Roscoe > Stuart Hall on Gramsci’s ‘hegemony’ and ‘regressive modernisation’ of … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Conspicuous consumption is over // Public Intellectuals vs. Thought Leaders // Killing neoliberalism // Frankfurt School // School vouchers’ effects

This time — especially worth reading (and sharing) articles: > Conspicuous Consumption is over; Cultural Capital replaced it as a signifier of socio-economic status — by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett > Public Intellectuals vs. “Thought Leaders”: the former challenge the oligarchy, the latter flatter … Continue reading

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