Ann Pettifor

Capital Flows

Radically transforming the EU economy – and how to finance it

September 4, 2020 The following article appeared on Progressive Post, the website of the Foundation of Progressive European Studies (FEPS) The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed a simple truth: today’s model of globalised, financialised capitalism, teetering on a shaky foundation of vast debts and costly credit, cannot deliver human well-being. In order to reverse the course, …

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The duel: Should we aim to get the economy back to “business as usual”?

The following debate between Paul Wallace and Ann Pettifor appeared in Prospect magazine on 10 July, 2020.   Is our capitalist economy an unparalleled engine of prosperity, or a human and ecological disaster? Two contributors debate whether the system is worth saving   Yes—Paul Wallace It is tempting, when living through a once-in-a-century event such …

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Vultures are Circling Our Fragile Economy…

This article appeared on the Open Democracy site on 16 June 2020 On the weekend of 30 May Elon Musk – a billionaire with a net worth of $38billion – launched a rocket into space. This private venture was in contrast to President Kennedy’s ‘moonshot’ ambition of 1961-69 ­– one of the greatest mobilizations of …

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Globalisation, a pandemic and the US dollar

As published on Progressive International  on Monday, 11 May, 2020 She said, “My name’s Flo, and you’re on the right track But look here, daddy, I wear furs on my back So if you want to have fun in this man’s land Let Lincoln and Jackson start shaking hands I reached in my pocket, and …

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Capital subordinated to the interests of labour (society)

We are living through terrifying times. The greatest threat to humanity stems not just from a virulent superbug, but as scary –  the response to it. In Britain, as in the US, policy action is dictated by an ultra-nationalist government, which while pretending to “take back control” remains committed to a free-for-all for the owners …

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On capital vs exchange controls

This article appeared on the Progressive Economy Forum website on 29 January, 2019. Last week John McDonnell MP took the opportunity to “make explicit” that a Labour government would not introduce capital controls. The Financial Times covered the story, and like many, got its exchange and capital controls in a tangle. The UK had various …

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The Indefatigable Efforts of J. M. Keynes

This is an extract from an article written for The Times Literary Supplement                 The international and financial dimensions of Keynes’ work are today neglected in favour of the laissez-faire economics that Keynes had so vigorously contested. His profession is dominated by economists concerned overwhelmingly with the activities of individuals, …

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The Irish Housing Crisis & the Crisis of Economics

This is the original text of an article that appeared, after edits, in the Irish Times on 22nd June, 2018. Economists regard the theory of ‘supply and demand’ as nothing less than a ‘law’ and “and as one of the fundamental principles governing ‘the economy’. Almost every economic event or phenomenon is considered the product …

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The Financialisation of the Housing Market

This is the original, long version of an article I wrote for the Guardian. The published version was edited down, and appeared on 28th January. This version was written on 11th December, 2017. “If some of us grow rich in our sleep, where do we think this wealth is coming from? It doesn’t materialise out …

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