Tag Archives: Financialization

The U.S. Economy In Two Words: Asymmetric Gains

By Charles Hugh Smith Source: Of Two Minds The Status Quo is in trouble if the bottom 95% wake up to the asymmetric gains that are the only possible output of our hyper-financialized economy. The core dynamic of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Putting an End to the Rent Economy

By Michael Hudson and Vlado Plaga Source: Unz Review Interview with Vlado Plaga in the German magazine FAIRCONOMY, September 2017. Originally, you didn’t want to become an economist. How did it come that you changed your plans and digged so … Continue reading

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Boobs on Credit

By Jim Quinn Source: The Burning Platform Do you ever hear something so startlingly mind numbingly ridiculous you realize it must be a sign things have gotten so fucked up something has got to give? As I was driving to … Continue reading

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This Chart Defines the 21st Century Economy

By Charles Hugh Smith Source: Of Two Minds There is nothing inevitable about such vast, fast-rising income-wealth inequality; it is the only possible output of our financial and pay-to-play political system. One chart defines the 21st century economy and thus … Continue reading

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Why We’re Doomed: Our Economy’s Toxic Inequality

By Charles Hugh Smith Source: Of Two Minds Anyone who thinks our toxic financial system is stable is delusional. Why are we doomed? Those consuming over-amped “news” feeds may be tempted to answer the culture wars, nuclear war with North … Continue reading

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Financialization, precarity and reactionary authoritarianism

By increasing global competition, the precariousness wrought by financialization has laid the foundations for reactionary authoritarianism around the world. By Max Haiven Source: ROAR Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life, released last month in paperback from Palgrave … Continue reading

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When the Butterfly Flaps Its Wings

By James Howard Kunstler Source: Kunstler.com It remains to be seen what the impact will be from Mother Nature putting the nation’s fourth largest city out-of-business. And for how long? It’s possible that Houston will never entirely recover from Hurricane … Continue reading

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Either Reverse All the Perverse Incentives or the System Will Implode

By Charles Hugh Smith Source: Of Two Minds Every perverse incentive is the cash cow for a vested interest or cartel. I hope it’s not a great shock to discover all the incentives in our status quo are perverse: those … Continue reading

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