Bruce Livesey

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Apr 30, 2014
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The kleptocracy of Vladimir Putin

Bruce Livesey
Bill Browder's story lends insight into the Russian economy because it suggests that Putin manages a deeply corrupt kleptocracy -- an economy run by his pals who steal whatever they can.
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Apr 28, 2014
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Why France's economic problems matter

Bruce Livesey
France is at that critical juncture where it seems poised to begin tearing down its social democratic infrastructure by embracing the neoliberal playbook of austerity.
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Nov 4, 2013
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The NSA scandal is all about economics

Bruce Livesey
In the current scandal over the NSA, it's clear that the real intention of the agency's spying on America's so-called allies like Germany, Brazil, France and Spain, is solely for economic purposes.
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Jul 31, 2013
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How offshore tax havens destroy governments

Bruce Livesey
The offshore tax haven issue speaks to one of the Great Lies currently promulgated by conservative, liberal and even social democratic governments: which is that governments are broke.
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May 7, 2013

Niall Ferguson's latest gaffe

Bruce Livesey
Niall Ferguson, Harvard historian and author of numerous bad books about economics, is prone to saying ignorant things, making one question the intellectual heft of so-called academic "stars."
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May 2, 2012
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Travels in Harperland

Bruce Livesey
On my recent book tour to promote "Thieves of Bay Street" I have journeyed to Alberta, Montreal and Ottawa. In so doing, I have gotten a taste of the Canada which Harper's Tories are trying to forge.
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Apr 3, 2012

Stock market swindles galore in Canada

Bruce Livesey
Sino-Forest is just the latest in a long line of stock market calamities that have plagued Canada's capital markets. And yet, there is little done to clean up the markets.
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Mar 26, 2012

The rise of the casino economy

Bruce Livesey
The rise of the casino industry is symbolic of the ruin of the North American economy. In the financial industry, gambling with our money on the capital markets was seen as a legitimate occupation.
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Mar 5, 2012

Big Oil, authoritarianism and Canada's petrotyranny

Bruce Livesey
As the election-manipulation scandal unfolds in the coming weeks, people also need to look at the connections between Big Oil and authoritarianism. I think they are closely related.

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