Month: June 2013

There’s no Chinese centripetal dream that outsiders can sympathize with.

The picture emerging is that China’s international affairs are steered by divergent interests that haven’t been able to agree on a unified growth narrative. Chinese cores of power agree where they want to go, the ambition and drive are palpable. But the values, the narrative, the reason for going there, the mission, the moral “manifest …

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Save positivism

This article is good, and so are some 80% of the comments below it, many disagreeing with it. It all illustrates just how impossible the science of economics has become; it has almost become political discourse. Standing back from it all I wish economists did stand back too and stand back far enough to debate …

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The NSA’s snooping is highly beneficial

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f6e9e228-d1b8-11e2-9336-00144feab7de.html Dear Gideon, you tackled the issue in grand style. This is the sort of argument people need to hear. “nor can I think of any prominent news story in which the snooper state has ensnared or blackmailed some innocent party.” Indeed not when the snooper state is accountable. But you can find many prominent …

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Without intervention in Syria, Assad will win.

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/05/gains-and-countergains-where-things-stand-after-the-latest-advance-of-the-assad-regime/ “Britain, France and the US now have to do a lot of thinking about what will happen if the Geneva process collapses. ” Without intervention, the Assad regime will win, its allies have shown their willingness to see to that. Iran extended a line of credit worth over $4b to Syria, assets that it …

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