Greetings, fellow unicorns. It’s time once again to round up the news stories that caught my eye this week, and we have a lot to cover. Wade through the frustrating, soak in the interesting, and reward yourself with a good song at the end. Let’s get started:
It’s not too often that I have much to say on the subject of sports, but we’ve got a few stories of note this week, as well as some new hurdles to LGBT equality. Throw in some medical/science-y bits, and we’ve got ourselves a newsy roundup. Let’s get to it:
This edition of dispatches is full of new blogs to read and a bunch of great videos.
The Rock Star Economist
Who’d have thought that the latest celebrity would be a mild-mannered economics professor? Whether you agree or disagree with it, no one can dispute that Thomas Piketty’s Capital In The 21st Century has become a major sensation.
Takedown: The five best sentences EVER
I hope you are ready for the best reading experience of your lives: this week’s Takedown promises to deliver the five best sentences you will ever read. This is technically true, if you have never read any other sentences and never intend to; otherwise, it’s your standard issue crapdate.
I’ve not been writing for Persephone for the last couple of weeks due to the personal (and economic!) trauma of my much-loved, five year old laptop going to the big Starbucks armchair in the sky. The stages of grief for losing one’s computer are a whole other post entirely, maybe even a screenplay. However, there […]
I was going to write a post about the basic principles of neoclassical economics and why they have little to no bearing on real life, basically part 879 of Why Republicans Suck Blog 2K11. Instead, because I feel like we might already be a little burned out on that sort of thing and it’s only […]
Traditional economics and consequently neo-liberal policy, especially in terms of economic development, relies on a Eurocentric approach to the narrative of systems of accumulation. In some ways this makes sense, all theory is based on what we know of history; however, to pretend that unindustrialized countries can industrialize in the same manner, following the same […]
Persephoneconomics: Why It Matters
I’m sure I don’t have to argue to anyone here that economic policy decisions affect our lives, and that bad ones can have lasting repercussions. Everyone who’s looking for a job, trying to sell a house, or looking at their 401K and vowing to start investing in Beanie Babies instead knows that.