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By Robert Skidelsky - Jun 22,2015
The Chinese are the most historically minded of peoples.In his conquest of power, Mao Zedong used military tactics derived from Sun Tzu, who lived around 500BC; Confucianism, dating from around the same time, remains at the heart of China’s social thinking, despite Mao’s ruthless
By Robert Skidelsky - Jun 10,2015
In 2011, the Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman characterised conservative discourse on budget deficits in terms of “bond vigilantes” and the “confidence fairy”.Unless governments cut their deficits, the bond vigilantes will put the screws to them by forcing up interest rates.
By Robert Skidelsky - May 22,2015
Economic historian Niall Ferguson reminds me of the late Oxford historian A.J.P.
By Robert Skidelsky - Apr 20,2015
Until a few years ago, economists of all persuasions confidently proclaimed that the Great Depression would never recur. In a way, they were right.
By Robert Skidelsky - Feb 19,2015
To read “The Samuelson Sampler” in the shadow of the Great Recession is to gain a glimpse into the mindset of a bygone era. The sample is of the late Paul Samuelson’s weekly columns for the magazine Newsweek from 1966-1973. Samuelson, a Nobel laureate, was the
By Robert Skidelsky - Jan 14,2015
There is a growing apprehension among Britain’s financial pundits that Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is not nearly as determined to cut public spending as he pretends to be. He sets himself deadlines to balance the books, but when the date arrives, with the bo
By Robert Skidelsky - Sep 18,2014
Since I believe that the Scots are sensible, I think that they will vote “No” to independence. But whichever way the vote goes, the spectacular rise of nationalism, in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe, is a symptom of a diseased political mainstream. Many are now co
By Robert Skidelsky - Jun 25,2014
In last month’s European Parliament election, eurosceptic and extremist parties won 25 per cent of the popular vote, with the biggest gains chalked up in France, the United Kingdom and Greece. These results were widely, and correctly, interpreted as showing the degree of d
By Robert Skidelsky - May 24,2014
Earlier last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that gas giant Gazprom would start demanding payment a month in advance for the supplies that it sells to Ukraine. The British newspaper The Observer published, in response, a striking cartoon showing Putin sitting o
By Robert Skidelsky - Feb 23,2014
At the start of the Industrial Revolution, textile workers in the Midlands and the North of England, mainly weavers, staged a spontaneous revolt, smashing machinery and burning factories. Their complaint was that the newfangled machines were robbing them of their wages and jobs.

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