Back to Basics

This column will be printed on Thursday night, but the exigencies of the calendar demand that it be written on Tuesday. Any attempt to be current is therefore pointless, because during the period between writing and publication, virtually anything might happen. However, this provides a useful opportunity to focus on more basic and hence longer-lasting ideas. Thus, although it is […]

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Awesome

Among the battery of inane phrases that are in common (over)use among young people generally, American young people particularly, and totally vacuous and infantile creatures in American sitcoms most of all, the word ‘awesome’ stands out. In sharp contradistinction to ‘unbelievable’, which has no meaning at all in most of the (ab)uses to which it is put – e.g. ‘your […]

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Armageddon

At this time of writing – early Thursday evening – the global financial system is still teetering on the brink of the abyss. There is a fair probability that by the time you read this, we will be over the edge and into a ‘systemic collapse’ – indeed, in many senses, that is already underway. What this new buzzword means […]

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Reality check

Fifteen months into the global financial crisis, the slogan coined here last August remains as valid as ever: IKGW – It Keeps Getting Worse. But that is the objective situation. Subjectively, an important – arguably critical – improvement is underway. This is that governments, in the West and elsewhere, are finally beginning to move beyond shock and denial and face […]

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