Category Archives: Economics

The Big Corporation

The ninth episode of The Age of Uncertainty, John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC TV show about the history of economic thought, is still startling — despite the (mostly bad) changes that have come to American corporate culture since then.

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The Fatal Competition

The eighth episode of John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC TV show about the history of economic thought is my favorite, and probably ranks among the most important hours in the history of television.

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The Mandarin Revolution

The seventh episode of John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC TV show about the history of economic thought.

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The Rise and Fall of Money

The sixth episode of John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC TV show about the history of economic thought.

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Age of Uncertainty: the Colonial Idea

This episode of John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC series is probably the best examination of colonialism in broadcast television history. If anything, the age of globalization has merely intensified the issues examined herein — which is strange, because Galbraith was … Continue reading

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Age of Uncertainty: The Manners and Morals of High Capitalism

Episode two of John Kenneth Galbraith’s seminal 1977 series about economics, history and politics.

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Age of Uncertainty: The Prophets and Promise of Classical Capitalism

Episode One of John Kenneth Galbraith’s account of the history of economic thought.

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Nickel and Dimed: The American Ruling Class

How did America become a country where half of us are poor? Barbara Ehrenreich’s seminal work of embedded service-industry journalism, Nickel and Dimed, was turned into an offbeat “dramatic-documentary-musical” in 2007. Here’s a selection from The American Ruling Class in … Continue reading

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The 1% Has Always Been With Us

From an excellent post at Io9, “The greatest mystery of the Inca Empire was its strange economy:” The secret of the Inca’s great wealth may have been their unusual tax system. Instead of paying taxes in money, every Incan was … Continue reading

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Nothing Left To Lose

Mayor Bloomberg should try reading his own newswire before pontificating on the innocence of Wall Street. If he wants to know why Americans are willing to face pepper spray and batons, he need look no further than this study publicized … Continue reading

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A Map of Global Oligarchy

Having mapped the global oligarchy (above, with the biggest ownership companies in red), this New Scientist article was doing fine when: Crucially, by identifying the architecture of global economic power, the analysis could help make it more stable. By finding the … Continue reading

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