Dissident vs Mainstream Tension at New Economic Thinking Conference



(Lord Adair Turner, Chief, UK Financial Services Authority; photo credit: Institute for New Economics) I’ve been spending a lot of time with a variety of economists — mainstream and dissident — at the Bretton Woods forum organized this week by the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

Gordon Brown: Global Economy Still Not at a New Normal, Still Evolving, Shocks Ahead



This speech delivered at the 2011 Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference in Bretton Woods, NH by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was stunningly excellent. Both the substance of Brown’s comments and his delivery of them electrified the room.

New Economic Thinking Conference to Shatter Illusion of Control



(Steve Clemons and Joseph Stiglitz sitting in the private apartments of John Maynard Keynes, Kings College, Cambridge University; April 2010; photo credit: Leif Pagrotsky) Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and I attended last year one of those conferences that decades from now historical societies will note with a marker on the wall.

James Madison: War, Debt, Taxies, Armies & More Debt



As more of a Hamiltonian, I always feel a bit of a rankle when something Madisonian arises, but writer and libertarian blogger Doug Bandow emailed me his thoughts on Libya, the email footer of which was this important James Madison comment: Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be…