This blog is an attempt to machete through the mass quantities of information with which we are bombarded daily in order to examine the link between political and economic affairs. Our guiding principle is that politics and economics are inextricably linked with one another, and must be examined as such. The relationship between "the State," "the Market," and "Society" are our principle targets.
As our understanding of this relationship evolves, so too will the posts on this blog. It is clear that the current system is flawed; our somewhat ambitious goal is to take tiny steps towards a better one. This, along with healthy doses of social commentary, sarcasm, and whimsy, will make up the bulk of our material.
Above all, however, we do not take ourselves too seriously. Neither should you. This blog is fun to write. If it stops being fun to read, let us know.
Previously, Rory and I had been applying whatever labels struck our fancy at the time - the end result is several hundred of the blasted things that make it harder, not easier, to search among related topics. With that in mind, I have decided to limit the categories to no more than twenty. To wit:
Economia - a catch-all for economics, economic theory, and current economic affairs
Politique - political affairs, current events, legislative shenanigans, elections, and the rest of the circus
The Invisible Hand - business, trade and markets
The Fourth Estate - the formal and informal media, the peanut gallery
Paradise Lost - the fall of man/woman and their ensuing foibles. Expect frequent appearances from Berlusconi, Chavez, Putin, and the rest of the gang.
Architecture - financial regulation and the failures thereof, both national and international
Emerging Markets - focus on emerging markets
The Bottom Billion - non-emerging markets
Shadows on the Wall - philosophy: the meaning of life, the universe and everything
The Academy - Academics, research, intellectual pursuits
Lords of Finance - Wall St, The City, Masters of the Universe, vampire squids, etc...
Blistering Bombast - rants, raves, orations, bloviations & bile-sputtering tirades on any and all topics
Sport - sport
Les Arts - the arts
The Rest - miscellaneous, plus blog-related
Readables - links to things of interest
For many readers, the use of such snobby, elitist labels merely reinforces their suspicions that this is a snobby, elitist blog. I cannot argue with that. But I do welcome suggestions for any topics I may have overlooked.