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Syriza Against Austerity reading list

Here it is: http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1846-syriza-against-austerity-and-the-troika-a-reading-list

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Nešto više od statistike: vlada govorila o padu stope nezaposlenosti, iako raste broj nezaposlenih?

Pre više od mesec dana ovde sam postavio pitanje kako je moguće da se istovremeno smanjuje i broj zaposlenih i stopa nezaposlenosti. Na jučerašnjoj konferenciji za štampu ministra za rad ponovljena je tvrdnja da se stopa nezaposlenosti smanjuje 7 meseci za redom i da je sada za 3.8% manja nego što je bila krajem septembra 2013. i iznosi 20.3%.

Pošto se nigde ne vidе znaci oporavka privrede, na primer, industrijska proizvodnja pada, a manji je i ukupan broj zaposlenih, postavlja se pitanje da li je pad stope nezaposlenosti realan ili fiktivan? Kako je moguće da stopa nezaoslenosti pada, ako se ništa drugo u ekonomiji ne menja i čak postoje negativni trendovi?

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Marxism in London, socialism in Slovenia

Marxism in London, socialism in Slovenia – Michael Roberts

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I made a presentation to the Marxism Festival 2014 over the weekend (http://marxismfestival.org.uk/). The presentation was called The nature of the current Long Depression. There were three things that I wanted to argue in that presentation.

First, I argued that Marx’s law of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall was the underlying cause of the cycle of recurrent crises (booms and slumps) in modern economies, including the Great Recession. Suffice it to say that mainstream economics has no convincing explanation of recurrent crises. As Nobel economics prize winner Eugene Fama put it: “We don’t know what causes recessions. I’m not a macroeconomist so I don’t feel bad about that. We’ve never known. Debates go on to this day about what caused the Great Depression. Economics is not very good at explaining swings in economic activity….If I could have predicted the crisis, I would…

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