Ann Pettifor

US Financial Crisis

How globalisation ends: Debtonation Day, plus two

From Open Democracy: August 13, 2009 “A single day, 9 August 2007, will go down in history as ‘Debtonation Day’ – the beginning of the end of the deregulation and privatisation of finance that marks the era of globalisation.” I wrote these words on 13 August 2007, in anticipation that the great stock-market collapse of …

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No, the Recession is Not Over

Ann Pettifor – 11th June 2009 – For the Guardian Online. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/12/recession-economic-crisis A banker, Alan Clarke of BNP Paribas, citing a NIESR report, confidently tells the Guardian that the recession is over. Should we take the word of any banker – especially one that claims to be an economist – seriously? Given that the economics …

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The tears of the unemployed, of auto CEOs and bankers

6th December 2008 The tears of millions of Americans stripped of livelihoods and healthcare remain hidden from view, unlike the tearful special pleading of the unscrupulous leaders of the finance sector, and this week, of the auto industry CEO’s. The latest unemployment numbers to emerge from the Dept. of Labor imply immense pain and anguish; …

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A blind spot for Leviathan

4th December 2008 ‘Financial writers’ and establishment economists seem to live in a different world.  They often bring to mind bats, hanging upside down in the cavernous, soaring rafters of a barn, analysing the world from a great distance, and upside-down. Take one Diana Henriques – described as a ‘senior financial writer for the New …

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