There is no other way to describe economics in 2017 than wilful blindness, writes economist Professor Steven Keen. Nobel Laureates who claimed financial crises were now impossible also claimed the 2008 Global Financial Crisis could not have been predicted. This is all, of course, nonsense. The evidence was there all along. Those with the power to change the course of history simply chose to ignore it.
This September, Australians will be asked to participate in a national windsock poll to help irresolute politicians decide whether to allow the institution of marriage to encompass gay unions. Critics can’t have it both ways, writes Rachael Bolton. Either marriage is an historically sexist property exchange between two men or it’s a modern, secular, legal arrangement entered into willingly by two adults.
The challenge facing the US is to operate in a world where there is not one single power, but multiple poles of power and influence. If you were Russia, or China, or Iran, would you believe that the American administration has any interest whatsoever in international law? Would you trust the US? Or would you be looking over your shoulder wondering if you were next?
The leak of the Trump-Turnbull conversation shows that the Australian PM not only doesn’t have a plan B for his government’s offshore detention system: he doesn’t have a plan A, writes Andrew P Street.
First home buyers face the highest price to income and deposit to income ratios, the lowest savings rates, runaway dwelling prices, weak wage growth, and a political establishment hell-bent on ensuring land prices keep rising, no matter the wider cost to the economy. Economists and co-founders of LF Economics, Phillip Soos and Lindsay David present best evidence the system is eating the young alive.