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Lars Pålsson Syll
Professor at Malmö University. Primary research interest - the philosophy, history and methodology of economics.

Lars P. Syll

Socialdemokratin och vinstjakten i våra skolor

Socialdemokratin och vinstjakten i våra skolor Sverige är ensamt i världen — ingen annanstans tillåts helt obegränsade vinstuttag från skattefinansierade skolor … Enligt Annie Lööf så har resterande delar av världen “socialistiska skolsystem” och enligt Hans Bergström, som tillsammans med sin fru Barbara Engström driver Internationella engelska skolan, så är förslaget om att begränsa vinster i välfärden första stegen mot ett “kommunistvälde”. Som...

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Hegel’s ‘Weltgeist’ today

In unserer Zwischen-Zeit scheint sich der Maulwurf der Geschichte im doppelten Sinne des Wortes vergraben zu haben. Hegel waren Zweifel am Sinn des Fortschritts fremd; heute wäre es schon ein Fortschritt, wenn dieser nicht die gemeinsame Zukunft ruinieren würde … Und doch ist der Glaube, es müsse vernünftigere Formen des Politischen Zusammenlebens geben, wieder erwacht und scheint sehr virulent.  Überall auf den Strassen und Plätzen der Welt protestieren Menschen gegen...

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Rethinking public debt

Public debt is normally — as emphasized again and again by MMT economists — nothing to fear, especially if it is financed within the country itself (but even foreign loans can be beneficent for the economy if invested in the right way). Some members of society hold bonds and earn interest on them, while others pay taxes that ultimately pay the interest on the debt. The debt is not a net burden for society as a whole since the debt ‘cancels’ itself out between the two groups....

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Répression en Biélorussie

Nikita Telyzhenko, journaliste pour le média russe Znak.com, a été arrêté le 10 août lors d’une manifestation à Minsk. Ici est un extrait de son témoignage publié dans Le Monde. Nous avons été transférés vers un camion de police, on nous a, à nouveau, fait nous empiler en plusieurs couches à même le sol. « Chez vous, c’est en prison ! », hurlaient les policiers. Ceux qui étaient tout en bas avaient du mal à respirer sous le poids des autres. Quand la camionnette a démarré, il...

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MMT:s inflationary bias

A view yours truly often encounters when debating MMT is that there is an inflationary bias in MMT and that its framework ignores expectations. Hmm … It is extremely difficult to recognize that description. Given its roots in the writings of Keynes, Lerner, and Minsky, it is, to say the least, rather amazing to attribute those views to MMT. Let me just quote one source to show how ill-founded the critique is on this issue: MMT recommends a different approach to the federal...

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Les problèmes clés de l’UE

Les problèmes clés de l’UE Ouf ! La réunion des dirigeants des Etats de l’Union européenne (UE) n’a finalement pas accouché d’une souris. Le plan de relance qui vient d’être décidé est une avancée politique et institutionnelle très importante … Un tabou est tombé, celui du refus de principe de toute solidarité financière entre les Etats membres face à la crise. Mais surtout, ce plan est inscrit dans la logique néolibérale de l’UE, et il l’est même...

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Top economics influencers to follow

Top economics influencers to follow Economics influencers such as academics, journalists, industry professionals and even central bankers frequently take to Twitter to share their daily thoughts on all things economics, finance, monetary policy and politics … We put together a list of top 79 economics influencers that you can follow on Twitter. Nominees came from our team of at Focus Economics and we have ranked this list by number of followers. 1) Paul...

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MMT — debunking the deficit myth

MMT — debunking the deficit myth We have already shown that deficit spending increases our collective savings. But what happens if Uncle Sam borrows when he runs a deficit? Is that wht eats up savings and forces interest rates higher? The answer is no. The financial crowding-out story asks us to imagine that there’s a fixed supply of savings from which anyone can attempt to borrow … MMT rejects the loanable funds story, which is rooted in the idea that...

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How to use models in economics

How to use models in economics The reason you study an issue at all is usually that you care about it, that there’s something you want to achieve or see happen. Motivation is always there; the trick is to do all you can to avoid motivated reasoning that validates what you want to hear. In my experience, modeling is a helpful tool (among others) in avoiding that trap, in being self-aware when you’re starting to let your desired conclusions dictate your...

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