Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday roundup (12-16-12)

Europe’s worries about Italy: Italy’s latest mess has shocked European leaders. But their problems run even deeper (The Economist)

French paper says actor Gerard Depardieu wants to surrender passport in dispute over taxes (The Associated Press)

Japan's war on deflation runs into psychology of hard times (Reuters)

Boehner offers debt-ceiling increase in cliff compromise (The Washington Post) Boehner opens door to tax hikes, shifts U.S. fiscal cliff talks (Reuters)

     The aim of this blog is to show (mostly from reports in mainstream respected news sources) that there is reason to believe that both the United States and the global economies remain fragile in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and that a number of threats that exist today could, if they worsened, bring about economic depression -- not just a minor depression, but a depression worse than the Great Depression. This blog further attempts to show that the financial crisis of 2008 was largely a result of the devastating consequences of excessive risk taking and the absence of effective regulation of such behavior. Furthermore, this blog maintains that not only have the lessons that should have been learned from this experience not been learned, but that the risks to the economy, including the persistent building up of "too big to fail" institutions, have actually increased since the crisis began. Finally this blog also brings to light, from time to time, reports of a parallel threat to economic well-being developing in the energy industry, which suggest an energy shock may be coming much closer in time than is generally imagined.

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