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Pepe Escobar — On The Road to a Post-G20 World

The ascendence of China and multilateral trading blocks could eventually spell the doom of the G20 and U.S. global dominance, as Pepe Escobar explains. Consortium News On The Road to a Post-G20 World Pepe Escobar See also by Pepe Escobar at Consortium News Future of Western Democracy Being Played Out in Brazil (9 Oct 2018) Welcome to the Jungle (29 Oct 2018)See also Reminiscence of the FutureA Teaser Andrei Martyanov

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A Tale of Two Currency Crises: A Short Comment

So the Turkish foreign exchange crisis is all over the news. But the Argentine one is less conspicuous in the international media. Turkey's economy has had many similarities with Latin American economies over the years, in terms of the incomplete process of industrialization, and the types of crises associated with neoliberal reforms over the last three decades. Note, however, that the Argentine nominal depreciation has been larger than the Turkish (the same is true if you go back to the...

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Le Sei lezioni nella Pampa

Le Sei lezioni di economia sono state tradotte in spagnolo dagli amici argentini e verranno presto pubblicate. Sperabilmente seguirà un'edizione per la Spagna. Pubblichiamo l'introduzione all'edizione argentina che fa il punto della situazione economico-politica a due anni dall'uscita del libro. Introduzione all’edizione argentina Sergio Cesaratto Questo libro è nato in un particolare momento storico per l’Italia. L’elevato tasso di sviluppo economico del secondo dopoguerra è...

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What is the Central Bank of Argentina Actually Doing?

Brief note in Spanish (no translation, sorry) on the long history of central banks and the current policies of the Argentinean central bank (BCRA). The gist of the argument is that while central banks where created to finance developmental states in the nascent merchant capitalist societies, in the periphery they tended to follow the Victorian model (implemented later) emphasizing inflation control as the main official goal. However, often, as in the recent case of the BCRA, they are used...

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Michael Hudson — Argentina back on the debt train

Must-read. Michael Hudson gives the background on Argentina's fall in terms of neoliberal capitalism. Michael Hudson: What really is at issue is whether all debts should be paid, or not? I think that there should be an international rule that no country should be obliged to pay its debts to the wealthy One Percent, especially to a creditor class that prefers to hold its domestic wealth offshore in foreign currencies. No country should be obliged to pay its bondholders if the price of...

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Ramanan — The Burden Of Adjustment And Keynes’ Solution

Argentina had a balance-of-payments crisis recently and required help. The IMF has agreed for a stand-by arrangement of $50 billion on the condition in the IMF’s own words: “At the core of the government’s economic plan is a rebalancing of the fiscal position. We fully support this priority and welcome the authorities’ intention to accelerate the pace at which they reduce the federal government’s deficit, restoring the primary balance by 2020. This measure will ultimately lessen the...

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Matias Vernengo — A brief comment on the Argentinian Crisis

This was faster than even I expected (for my views on what Macri meant as soon as he was elected see this and for a more recent assessment go to this post). Let me first say that I don't think is quite like the 2001/02 crisis. It is unlikely that there will be a default anytime soon. The level of reserves is at about US$ 56 billion, and the IMF is happy to finance the very Neoliberal government of Macri (because the IMF has changed a lot, remember?). The economy with Macri has not...

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A brief comment on the Argentinian Crisis

This was faster than even I expected (for my views on what Macri meant as soon as he was elected see this and for a more recent assessment go to this post). Let me first say that I don't think is quite like the 2001/02 crisis. It is unlikely that there will be a default anytime soon. The level of reserves is at about US$ 56 billion, and the IMF is happy to finance the very Neoliberal government of Macri (because the IMF has changed a lot, remember?).The economy with Macri has not performed...

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Argentina’s President Macri Withdraws Neoliberal Reforms Due to Massive Resistance — Gregory Wilpert interviews Atilio Boron

Prof. Atilio Boron analyzes the situation in Argentina, where President Macri is pushing drastic neoliberal reforms against widespread resistance from unions and social movements. Sec. of State Rex Tillerson visits to give Macri backing and to urge anti-Venezuela sanctions.... Misleading title. The MO of the neoliberals is to push ahead as hard as possible, then pause when resistance rises, and push ahead again when it dies down. Well, you know, the Macri government is very...proxy of the...

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Masters & Sindicalists: Growth, Investment and Productivity in Argentina, from Perón to Kirchner

New paper published in Ensaios FEE. In all fairness, this was the paper that should have been published in 2013 in the volume organized by Ricardo Bielschowky and available here. But the revisions took longer than expected. It is in Portuguese, however. Below the English abstract. This paper analyzes the three phases of Argentine economic development since the end of the 19th century, namely: the commodity export model, the period of state-led industrialization and the neoliberal reforms...

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