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What you want to say – 18 September 2019 September 18, 2019

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As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.

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1. CL - September 18, 2019

” something has gone very wrong….
Liberalised finance tends to metastasise, like a cancer.Thus, the financial sector’s ability to create credit and money finances its own activities, incomes and (often illusory) profits….
Further crises are guaranteed….Finance also creates rising inequality…
Brad Setser of the Council on Foreign Relations shows that US corporations report seven times as much profit in small tax havens (Bermuda, the British Caribbean, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Singapore and Switzerland) as in six big economies (China, France, Germany, India, Italy and Japan). This is ludicrous….
Corporate lobbying overwhelms the interests of ordinary citizens. Indeed, some studies suggest that the wishes of ordinary people count for next to nothing in policymaking….
as some western economies have become more Latin American in their distribution of incomes, their politics have also become more Latin American. Some of the new populists are considering radical, but necessary, changes in competition, regulatory and tax policies. But others rely on xenophobic dog whistles while continuing to promote a capitalism rigged to favour a small elite.”-Martin Wolf
https://www.ft.com/content/5a8ab27e-d470-11e9-8367-807ebd53ab77

(No paywall)

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2. Dr. X - September 18, 2019

I don’t recall seeing this one on the Left Archive, but what seems to be a complete run of “Limerick Socialist” is now on Archive.org (nothing to do with me, I just found the link):

https://archive.org/stream/LimerickSocialist/01%2002%20Feb%201972#mode/2up

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3. roddy - September 18, 2019

People will recall how for decades the unionist McGimpsey brothers were feted by elements down south.Well today Chris McGimpsey has been ordered to pay soccer star James McClean £63000 for calling him a “super provo”.To doubly sicken McGimpsey, SF MEP Martina Anderson is today addressing the European parliament while wearing McCleans Ireland jersey!

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4. lcox - September 18, 2019

Fans of the Irish hobo and sailor, anti-colonial agitator and freethinker (atheist) activist, Buddhist monk and all-round troublemaker U Dhammaloka (probably born Laurence Carroll in Dublin, 1856) may be interested to know that our book on the man is finally getting published next March.

“The Irish Buddhist: the forgotten monk who faced down the British Empire” by Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox and Brian Bocking will be published by Oxford University Press.

The man had a 25-year hole in his bio, five different aliases, was tried for sedition, put under police and intelligence surveillance, faked his own death and finally disappeared …. quite a story.

Background research at http://dhammalokaproject.wordpress.com

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Joe - September 18, 2019

You need to pitch this broader than just at his ‘fans’ lc! Pretty sure he doesn’t have many fans since most people have never heard of him. Sounds like a fascinating character. So hopefully after the book is launched and read, he’ll have more fans.

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5. Joe - September 18, 2019
WorldbyStorm - September 18, 2019

Yeah, total madness on his part.

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Pasionario - September 19, 2019

Presumably it wouldn’t have looked good for the boss of the country’s biggest union to lose his deposit.

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6. kestrel - September 18, 2019

the slaughter time has arrived. there is a massive cattle truck behind this bus now, on its way to waterford port.
going to hell in air-conditioning.
may they not know.

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7. Jim Monaghan - September 19, 2019

A comparison of the leading countries in the world. Note, the rise of China. Note as well the skewed nature of Britain and the power of its banking. https://economicsofimperialism.blogspot.com/2019/09/index-of-power-update-2018-19-china-2.html?fbclid=IwAR1RWvFWQsQTq1kRzPrvuJ7UdqOw2OdxVwBcgLGx8ixSMAcBA9-0ZpbxB-g

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8. Joe - September 19, 2019
9. Paul Culloty - September 19, 2019

With yet another Spanish election being called for November, it appears the long-simmering civil war within Podemos has finally come to the boil. Pablo Iglesias has long sought to centralise the autonomous networks of the organisation into a more national party, but his former deputy, Errejon, has indicated that his Más Madrid movement will contest the general election. Many members in Catalonia, Valencia and Andalusia are left-leaning regionalists, and may well take Errejon’s side of the debate.

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WorldbyStorm - September 19, 2019

I’ve some sympathy for both positions, is there no means of bridging the gap?

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10. CL - September 20, 2019

“Jean-Claude Juncker doubts chances of striking Brexit deal” FT, Sept.18
“Jean-Claude Juncker has thrown doubt on the possibility of the EU striking a Brexit deal with the UK, warning that time is tight for an agreement as Boris Johnson has yet to spell out his demands on the Irish backstop.”
https://www.ft.com/content/144909e6-d9e8-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17

“Sterling climbs as EU’s Juncker says Brexit deal possible” FT, Sept. 19
“Sterling climbed back over the $1.25 mark in a rally sparked by comments from European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, who offered confidence the EU and UK can reach a Brexit agreement before the October deadline.”
https://www.ft.com/content/f159957c-db09-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17

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11. pettyburgess - September 20, 2019

John Throne, one of the founders of Militant and a well known figure on the Irish left, has passed away.

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WorldbyStorm - September 20, 2019

Sorry to hear that. He was a doughty character.

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Joe - September 21, 2019

Ah sorry to hear that. Spent an evening in his company once. Found him to be a very nice chap.

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12. Paul Culloty - September 21, 2019

The Irish Simpsons Fans claim to be serious about wishing to launch a political party – well, Germany has Die Partei, so it wouldn’t be the first satirical party out there:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/over-800-people-sign-up-to-irish-simpsons-facebook-page-political-party-1.4025282

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WorldbyStorm - September 21, 2019

Uh-oh, more fracturing of the Irish political system – expect a strongly worded Stephen Collins column on it next week 😉

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