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FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: THE NEW FEW BY FERDINAND MOUNT

The blurb in the back of The New Few (or a Very British Oligarchy) by Ferdinand Mount (Simon & Schuster, 2012) rather modestly describes the author as a former columnist for The Spectator, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times, editor of … Continue reading

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FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: THE UPSIDE OF IRRATIONALITY BY DAN ARIELY

Dan Ariely is probably the best known voice in the popularization of behavioural economics. Behavioural economics represents the most significant challenge to the ideas of classical economic theorists built around notions of more-or-less perfectly rational individuals who calculate and diligently … Continue reading

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FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: WHAT MONEY CAN’T BUY BY MICHAEL J SANDEL

Michael J Sandel opens What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012) with a list (3-5) of some novel items that can be bought: In California prisoners can pay $82 a night for better, … Continue reading

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FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: THE TRIADS OF IRELAND BY KUNO MEYER

The Triads of Ireland by Kuno Meyer (1906, available from Project Gutenberg) is a collection of a specifically Irish form of poetry popular amongst Irish bards that probably date from the Ninth Century[i]. They are, as the name suggests, based … Continue reading

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FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: BEYOND OUTRAGE BY ROBERT REICH

Robert Reich has been banging on about the risks to advanced economies of increasing levels of inequality for longer than most.  The Work of Nations (published in 1991 and the book that got him headhunted by Bill Clinton’s campaign and, … Continue reading

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FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: END THIS DEPRESSION NOW! BY PAUL KRUGMAN

I am slightly worried, given the brightly coloured cover of this book and the snappy title (screaming exclamation mark and all), that Paul Krugman’s End This Depression Now! (Melrose Road Partners, 2012) is going to end up in the hands … Continue reading

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FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: THE LONELY VOICE: A STUDY OF THE SHORT STORY BY FRANK O’CONNOR

I first read some of Frank O’Connor’s short stories (and translated Irish poetry) when I was at school and they made an impression because when I picked up a second hand collection recently, some of the stories came back to … Continue reading

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FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: DEFENDING POLITICS BY MATTHEW FLINDERS

Writing in defence of politics and, indeed, politicians is always a potentially risky pastime. The overwhelming public perception of politics is so cynically negative that anyone who speaks out in favour of those who take on public office is immediately … Continue reading

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FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: A COUNTRY IS NOT A COMPANY BY PAUL KRUGMAN

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A Country is Not a Company by Paul Krugman, (Harvard Business School Classics, 2009) is a brief essay that highlights the fallacy behind the notion that success in business automatically provides individuals with the insight necessary contribute advice towards the … Continue reading

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FRIDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM: CHRIS DEAN ON HOPE

Something different this week, because, some days, it feels like I’m living through a terrible remake of the 1980s directed by Uwe Boll… The Redskins are a celebration of hope and pride. Amidst all the dross of the music scene, … Continue reading

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