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The trick with the rabbit and the tricking rabbit

Advertising transcends its function as a managerial tool designed to influence consumption and also echoes, reproduces and taps into wider societal themes, values and trends. The debate and study of…

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Capitalism 4.0

Interesting times call for interesting books. In Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy in the Aftermath of Crisis (2010) (and elsewhere) Anatole Kaletsky, Editor-at-Large of The Times, comes up with a thoughtful analysis of the past, present and future of global capitalism. Putting the events of the 2007-2009 economic crisis, epitomized by the fall of Lehmann Brothers, into a historical perspective, he writes:

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The fall of the PI(I)GS

A new era comes with new acronyms for new phenomena. We have already commented on the rise of the BRICs, which is an apt shorthand for Brasil, Russia, India and…

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The rise of the BRICs

At the beginning of the decade, just after the events of 9/11, Goldman Sachs’ chief economist Jim O’Neill coined the remarkably apt acronym BRIC to describe a¬†group of nations that…

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Financial Reform Bill

Last week the US Senate passed the Financial Reform Bill. After decades of Neoliberal deregulation, the legislation intends to re-regulate the free-floating financial system which was at the root of…

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Notes on Metamodernism, 2014