Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America, Authors: Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane.
By Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane – Hard power. Soft power. Smart Power. Superpower. This is the language of foreign affairs, full of meaning but empty of measurement. Vagueness is, of course, purposeful in the hands of skilled diplomats and politicians, but it can signal shallowness, ignorance or worse. Lacking clear metrics for power, the U.S. national security establishment speculates about possible rivals while being led astray by trendy catchphrases.
The United States itself has a larger GDP and higher productivity than 10 years ago, but its long-term growth rate has slowed by half. That’s a reflection of internal imbalance – budget deficits, heavy taxes that hinder incentives to work and innovate, unfunded entitlements and more.
Existential threats hide in plain sight. If the United States wants to be a superpower for another century, it needs to focus on the barriers to economic growth within — not phantoms abroad. more> http://tinyurl.com/q8yjmvl
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Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics, Author: Nicholas Wapshott.
By Nicholas Wapshott – Friedrich Hayek has become the patron saint of conservative intellectuals – and with good reason. He went head to head with John Maynard Keynes in 1931 in an effort to stop Keynesianism in its tracks. Hayek failed, but his attempt gave him mythical status among thinkers who deplore big government and central management of the economy.
Hayek became a conservative hero a second time with publication of his Road to Serfdom (pdf) (1944) that suggested the larger the state sector, the more there was a tendency to tyranny. Many of today’s Hayekians harden up Hayek’s carefully expressed thoughts to declare that all government is potentially despotic, while also ignoring his arguments in favor of governments providing a generous safety net for the less advantaged, including a home for every citizen and universal health care. more> http://tinyurl.com/c3lylpc
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Comeback: America’s New Economic Boom, Charles R. Morris.
By Charles R. Morris – This is the world of shale gas and oil — which has revolutionized the U.S. energy position. These particular wells are in Oklahoma and are owned by Devon Energy Inc., one of the country’s larger independent exploration and production companies. Drills go two miles straight down, then turn to go another mile through shale rock steeped with gas and gas liquids. The shale is “fractured” with a high-pressure burst of water, sand and chemicals to start the product flowing. Once the flow is stabilized, the rig is removed and the well is connected to a permanent gathering pipeline. It should produce hydrocabons for 15 to 20 years.
By 2020 or so, the United States is expected to surpass Saudi Arabia in oil output, and Russia in gas, according to the International Energy Association’s best estimate. more> http://tinyurl.com/d6plwhd
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The Death of Corporate Reputation: How Integrity Has Been Destroyed on Wall Street, Author: Jonathan Macey.
By Steve Denning – All the big financial firms like Goldman Sachs [GS], UBS [UBS], Citibank [C], Bank of America [BAC], and JPMorgan Chase, have settled cases involving not just shady practices like price gouging, gaming the system, toll collecting, zero-sum trading and excessive compensation but also illegal practices such price fixing of LIBOR, abuses in foreclosure, money laundering of drug dealers and terrorists, assisting tax evasion and misleading clients with worthless securities. The cases were settled for what is chump change to the banks, without admitting or denying wrongdoing.
Fixing the financial sector will always appear to be an impossible task if we frame it as one of regulators trying to control and contain the nefarious activities of the banks and the hedge funds. If the issues are seen in a broader context, and the activities of the banks are viewed as one aspect of the way in which the shareholder value notion has been devastating many sectors, then we could get to the root cause of the financial sector’s problem and figure out what would be involved in fixing it. more> http://tinyurl.com/clor8le
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