Berfrois

Order! Order!

Order! Order!

The first line of inquiry I would like to develop connects to a central point Foucault makes in his reading of German Ordoliberalism...

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Environmental Co-Benefits of Fossil Fuel Sanctions on Russia

Environmental Co-Benefits of Fossil Fuel Sanctions on Russia

The adverse impacts of restricting fossil fuel exports on the Russian economy would be overwhelming...

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Surveillance Advertising Space

Surveillance Advertising Space

Clinton’s ‘New Democrats’ were eager to partner up with the private sector to draft the first comprehensive set of internet policies...

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A29 and Down

A29 and Down

If the load was heavy bottles of fizzy drinks, as it often was on a hot summer night, the lorry would slow to a snail’s pace on hills...

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Generational Carbon Pricing

Generational Carbon Pricing

The role of carbon policy was to keep ‘single agents’ from free-riding on one another...

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Cow Banker

Cow Banker

At first, users paid real money for the upkeep of virtual chickens, sheep, bees, and cattle, earning cash back in the game by keeping the animals alive. Riding high on the good publicity, Farm Bank soon went one step further, launching real-life farms...

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Supply-Side Innovations and the Opioid Cycle

Supply-Side Innovations and the Opioid Cycle

There are two competing perspectives about the cause of the opioid explosion, and they lead to different policy prescriptions...

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To Have and to HODL?

To Have and to HODL?

I decided to ask my six-year-old son what he thought money was. “Gold,” came the confident answer. It turns out that he was thinking of pound coins...

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The industrial revolution was the turning point in global history…

The industrial revolution was the turning point in global history…

In the bigger picture, the economic history of Britain since the mid 19th century is, inevitably, a history of relative economic decline...

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Mine, Mine, Mine

Mine, Mine, Mine

To the vast majority of bitcoin investors, success means its price continues to rise. But if that is all there is to it, someday a little boy will yell, "the Emperor has no clothes", and the price will come crashing down...

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Newton and the Mint

Newton and the Mint

The currency was literally shrinking, and Newton’s first task was to sort the situation out. Making his life still more complicated, international values were based on silver, but the value of gold was soaring...

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Donald MacKenzie: Trading, Faster

Donald MacKenzie: Trading, Faster

Winning or losing the trading race can be a matter of nanoseconds...

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Bubbledom

Bubbledom

They cover the first bubble in 1720, the Latin American mining stocks bubble in the 1820s, the UK railway stocks bubble of the 1840s, the Australian land bubble of 1886-93...

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A History of the Idea of Ending Poverty

A History of the Idea of Ending Poverty

History confirms the intuition that ‘ending poverty’ has little political traction as a near-term goal when mass chronic poverty is seen to be the norm and poor citizens have little political influence...

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“As a socialist, I see it as my duty to be optimistic!”

“As a socialist, I see it as my duty to be optimistic!”

In the United Kingdom, in the shadow of a bleak Brexit, brilliant figures have emerged. One of them is Grace Blakeley, a very young commentator on economic issues...

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