Category Archives: Economics

Speaking of Zimbabwe…

If Bolivia really wants to know what happens when you disposs landowners and chase out foreign investors… Zimbabwe’s inflation surpasses 1,000 percent Zimbabwe’s inflation rose above 1,000 percent in April, dramatizing the severity of an economic crisis that analysts say … Continue reading

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Following the Zimbabwe Example

First, some personal news. I just got back to the US after four months in Japan, but I’ll be back to Tokyo in August. Ahh, the intrepid travels of your average 21st century Viceroy. Next, the first headline I saw … Continue reading

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February 2006: “Morales has proven to be something of a pragmatist so far”

The Bolivarian Revolution came to Bolivia “in January,”:http://www.cominganarchy.com/2006/01/25/bolivarian-revolution-in-bolivia/ when I surmised this was “probably the start of a new era in Bolivia with no happy ending.” Most readers were more optimistic. Lirelou and Elambend agreed with the Economist, which suggested … Continue reading

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Eurasian Landbridge? African megacanals?

In a followup to my previous post on peculiar infrastructure projects, I’d like to also bring your attention to these grand schemese for infrastructure development on a truly global scale. The projects can be seen in greater detail at the … Continue reading

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“Graduate students do not learn supply and demand”

“The Ph.D. Glut Revisited” should be cause for sober reflection for all of you pursuing a PhD or planning to enroll in an advanced education program. To summarize: The Ph.D. glut has existed since the fall of 1969. The number … Continue reading

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British Egypt and PNM Theory Part III

Part I | Part II In Part II, we looked at what the British administration in Egypt achieved and promised to compare the aims of British policy in Egypt, their outcomes under occupation and after and analyze it in terms … Continue reading

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How to make $148,000 without a college degree

The following was just forwarded to me by a fellow American living in Japan. Begin: : : : : : : : I’m American. My wife is Japanese. I had a lot of debt. I don’t have a college degree, … Continue reading

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British Egypt and PNM Theory Part II

In my previous post, I gave a quick background on PNM theory and the British occupation of Egypt from 1882 to 1956. I then posed the questions: Was British intervention successful? And if so, could it be a valuable template … Continue reading

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The weak pillar of PNM

Came across this brilliant quote in Peter Drucker’s 1997 Foreign Affairs article “The Global Economy and the Nation-State”:http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/drucker.htm : bq. Since the early Industrial Revolution, it has been argued that economic interdependence would prove stronger than nationalist passions. Kant was … Continue reading

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The Diversity of Economic Realities in Southeast Asia

I’ve traveled to four countries in Southeast Asia: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Cambodia. Singapore was highly developed, Malaysia moderately so; Thailand was developing fast, while Cambodia was undeveloped. I’m looking forward to observing Vietnam in just a few short days … Continue reading

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