Tag: Eco-Economy

FIREd Up : Wgtn’s Jane Kelsey “The FIRE Economy” Book Launch

Opinion – Jimmy Solen FIREd Up : Wgtn’s Jane Kelsey “The FIRE Economy” Book Launch Event report by Sven Solen FIREd Up : Wgtn’s Jane Kelsey “The FIRE Economy” Book Launch Event report by Sven Solen [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGrBCtOt4Qs?list=PL5IpEpq-r4nx_d9ERIgnEgcCnOkbMv4Zi&w=560&h=315] Scoop.co.nz Video of Jane Kelsey’s Wellington Talk on The FIRE Economy At Jane Kelsey’s talk about her new book The FIRE Economy at a Fabian Society event in Wellington this week, one of the memorable phrases she used, to describe no less an august body that the IMF, was that people there had somehow managed to “start talking truth to their own power”. If only that was a precept more people ‘in power’ worked and lived to. This was just one of the takeaways from a no-nonsense talk about a book that calls out the extremely skewed orthodoxy that sits behind the acronym “FIRE”: Finance, Insurance, Real Estate. In her work in the wider public interest, Jane Kelsey is of course an elemental force herself, from her influential landmark book The New Zealand Experiment (shockingly 20 years old now), to championing Its Our Future – “Kiwi Voices on the TPPA”, and taking on the TPP on Al Jazeera and Seven Sharp. Her’s isn’t a lone voice, and the packed lecture theatre at Victoria University on Wednesday evening demonstrated there is a hunger for both clarity around whether an end (happy or...

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The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning – By Jane Kelsey

Opinion – Professor Jane Kelsey The global economy imploded in 2008 and confirmed a stark reality. Entire nations and billions of people are captives of an unstable and amoral economic system powered by finance , insurance and real estate FIRE. [1] New Zealand included. Click to order a copy from the Publisher The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning By Jane Kelsey Introduction – An Extract The global economy imploded in 2008 and confirmed a stark reality. Entire nations and billions of people are captives of an unstable and amoral economic system powered by finance, insurance and real estate – FIRE. [1] New Zealand included. ‘The FIRE economy’ is a metaphor for the fundamental shift in global capitalism since the 1970s. Finance has replaced industry as the driver of wealth creation in affluent countries – a transformation known as financialisation. Neoliberal ideology, rules and institutions acted first as the midwife and then as the guardian of this new economic order. The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) showed the world’s richest countries, notably the US and the nations of Europe, that the globally integrated economy they had created, and from which they have prospered, could also bring them to their knees. Faith in the neoliberal ‘orthodoxy’ that shaped and sustained them seemed shattered. The fallout was fast and furious, and quickly spread to many other parts of the world. A cursory look...

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We Are Being Ripped Off | 500 Words

Column – Alastair Thompson This is 1987 all over again. A privileged elite is bulldozing through a policy against our wishes which enriches the personal short-term financial interests of a few at the expense of us all. In short, we are being ripped off. We Are Being Ripped Off | 500 Words Later today we expect Prime Minister John Key to kick off the final countdown to the sale of a 49% stake in Mighty River Power. As he does so the level of acrimony we can expect in political debate will rise. (Acrimony = “harsh or biting sharpness especially of words, manner, or disposition” ) Which is not to say that there are two sides to this debate – however much the cheerleaders say there are benefits to the NZ Capital Markets. Bottom line this is not about benefiting anyone other than share-brokers, merchant bankers, company directors and investors. It is not a democratically supported decision: – a clear majority of the New Zealand public are opposed to this sale; – a referendum will be held later this year; and – the sale is taking place against the clear stated wishes of Maoridom – the Tiriti O Waitangi treaty partner; There is no economic rationale for the sale i.e. no basis to believe – beyond blind faith and chauvinism – that this sale will result in any economic...

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