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February 21, 2015

Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist

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Recommended reading

The Greek finance minister Yannis Varoufakis wrote a very perceptive article about capitalism, academic economics and marxism in 2013, reproduced in the Guardian this week.

He makes some very insightful observations on a lot of the main issues surrounding the european economy, as well as the state of economics in universities and also on what went wrong with academic Marxist economics.

Austerity policies have cost £100billion in lost output

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A must read piece by Simon Wren-Lewis in the LRB on the false economics of austerity. He shows that trying to cut the deficit by austerity measures is counterproductive and damages the economy. He estimates that the cost to the UK economy in permanently lost output due to George Osborne's policies is at least £100billion or 5% of GDP.

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