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The history of money and its “divine” metamorphosis in the 20th century

A noted cultural anthropologist Professor Jack Weatherford observed in his fascinating The History of Money: “In the 20th century, we saw money turn rapidly from paper into plastic and then into mere electronic blips generated in computers, transferred over telephone … Continue reading

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Mark Twain’s observation on stock market and Randy Martin’s on finance

We are in mid-October, stock market indexes are falling and economic journalists are crying out and wondering: is the next “October crash” (1907, 1929, 1987) approaching? So this is a proper occasion to recall a good old Mark Twain’s observation … Continue reading

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Scots, Save Finance Capitalism!

It is fascinating to observe how the knights of the Neoliberal Globalism: economists (mainstream, sort of critical towards mainstream and those who sought repentance such as Jeffrey Sachs), the business elite, the nowadays’ robber barons, and their couriers in the … Continue reading

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Hyman ‪‎Minsky‬: “Today’s narrowly focused financiers do not conform to ‪‎Schumpeter‬’s vision of ‪‎bankers‬ as the ephors of ‪‎capitalism…”

Hyman ‪‎Minsky‬: “Today’s narrowly focused financiers do not conform to ‪‎Schumpeter‬’s vision of ‪‎bankers‬ as the ephors of ‪‎capitalism‬ who assure that ‪‎finance‬ serves progress. Today’s financial structure is more akin to ‪‎Keynes‬’ characterisation of the financial arrangements of advanced … Continue reading

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“Insurgent Capitalism: Island, Bricolage and the Re-making of Finance” by Donald MacKenzie & Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra

Drawing on recent discussions of the material cultures of markets and of financial innovation as bricolage, this paper explores the development of Island, a new share trading venue set up in 1995. The paper examines Island’s roots in a very specific conflict … Continue reading

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“The Crises of Capitalism”, a animated clip narrated by Prof. David Harvey

Watch this an animated short (10 min) clip “The Crises of Capitalism”, narrated by David Harvey in which he engagingly and precisely explains the roots of the current crisis and the essence of neoliberal finance capitalism. It’s also good for … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World

“The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World” is Harvard professor Niall Ferguson’s an (4 hours) television documentary, based on his famous book. Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from … Continue reading

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Age of Greed and Neoliberal Creed: the Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America

Age of Greed  by Jeff Madrick is a fascinating and deeply disturbing tale of hypocrisy, corruption, and insatiable greed; it is a much-needed reminder of how we got into the 2007-8 financial crisis after the four-decade sweeping march of neoliberalism. … Continue reading

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Regulating International Finance and the Evolving Imbalance of Capitalisms since the 1970s

This worth-reading paper puts the ongoing G20 process of improving the regulation of international finance into a historically informed perspective. To understand the driving forces behind and obstacles to international cooperation in governing finance, Thomas Kalinowski (Max Planck Institute for … Continue reading

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Codes of Finance: Engineering Derivatives in a Global Bank

Investment banks are enormously important, yet few social scientists have been inside them. Vincent Antonin Lépinay (MIT), a former bank employee, presents in his new fine book Codes of Finance: Engineering Derivatives in a Global Bank rich and fascinating ethnography, taking … Continue reading

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The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism

Apparently, only a few book-length Marxist works were published until now grappling with the current crisis: John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff’s The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (2009), Chris Harman’s Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of … Continue reading

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