Monthly Archives: January 2013

Alan Blinder: make banks pay interest on excess reserves held at the Federal Reserve

In the history of advanced capitalism, the US measure of ‘money velocity‘ is at an all-time low. So while I apologize that I’m just coming to this now, better late than never: here’s Alan Blinder, back in July, in the … Continue reading

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On advanced capitalism: contemporary sociology of business perspectives: an interaction with Friedrich Hayek

On advanced capitalism: contemporary sociology of business perspectives: an interaction with Friedrich Hayek A qualitative sociological economic account of ‘advanced capitalism’ (from the point of view of business action) comes in part out of an interaction with the theories of … Continue reading

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On the conservative movement: a political and then an empirical assertion

A political and then an empirical assertion Political assertion: To be a conservative today is to support or tacitly support a well-advanced conservative movement that no conservative ought to support. The problem with the conservative movement is not any particular … Continue reading

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Fiscal politics=sociological design

(on the word design) Fiscal political negotiations are at heart a showdown over who gets to ‘design’ the structure of the US economy and how. The word design has none of the baggage of ‘central planning,’ which is associated with … Continue reading

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The objectivity of Twitter: an example of the sociological interaction of knowledge: David Frum and Brad DeLong banter on Sarah Palin

The object being shaped in this interaction is ‘socialized understanding of Sarah Palin,’ who apparently quit today as FOX news contributor. @davidfrum Do you have any idea how tiny a fraction of your twitter readership knows what “Boulangerism” is? — … Continue reading

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Commenting on Tom Medvetz’s comments on “blogging fast and slow”

Note: This is the third post in a series documenting examples of ‘sociology on the web.’ The first post, on the blog ‘Sociological Images‘, is available here. The second — on Aaron Swartz, applied sociologist — is available here. One … Continue reading

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August 2007: when the Fed’s predominant policy concern stopped being inflation

August 2007 is often dated as the origin of the financial crisis that, in large part, continues to directly afflict advanced economies. As George Soros (2008) writes, in his book The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: the Credit Crisis of … Continue reading

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