Enzitoriale dell’8 dic. 2014. Per un Assolutismo illuminato

In morte della democrazia.

Per un AI, Assolutismo Illuminato

Podemos, volemos farci infinocchiare dall’ultimo populista ignorante e furbastro che passa per la via? Eh no, eh!


ABSTRACT. Per un Assolutismo illuminato

E’ fallita\finita l’educazione, motore stesso del Moderno: la macchina a vapore che ha sollevato le menti. Ergo la democrazia NON ESISTE PIU’.

Essendo i liberismi, e soprattutto, miserabilmente, nell’ignominia i socialismi falliti ambedue (ovvio: eran gemelli monozigoti) in modo clamoroso. DEFINITIVO!

E non emergendo ancora sostanziali novità nel mercato politico (in quello delle idee e della ricerca si, eccome!), fioriscono i populismi più sciatti ed a contenuto 0.

L’aveva detto SUBITO il più grande storico vivente, I. Wallerstein nel 2008: siamo in una nuova Grande Depressione  e si confronteranno di nuovo 2 famiglie di progetti politici di Lungo Periodo per il consenso (come i Keynesismi Mussoliniani versus Roosveltiani tra le 2 guerre):

> i post-socialisti

> ed i neo – populisti.

MORE: l’Enzitoriale prosegue in http://wp.me/pgGcc-x1

A Pulitzer for an inquiry into Wall St. Subcrimes


1st time a group of stories not published in print won a #PulitzerPrize for journalism: http://propub.ca/hoGfXx @niemanlab

While Denmark’s Doma wins 1st word restaurant title by the British Restaurant Mag, @ProPublica it’s champagen for the 2nd consecutive Pulitzer entering the house. This year (and for the first time ever a pure digital media affair) the winners are @Jake_Bernstein & @eisingerj > http://twitpic.com/4miz63. Due to:


 As the housing market started to fade, bankers and hedge funds scrambled for ways to maintain the lavish bonuses and profits they had become so accustomed to, repackaging mortgages in complex securities called collateralized debt obligations. The booming CDO market masked how weak the housing market was, and exacerbated its collapse.

Namely focusing upon this HF, Magnetar:

The Magnetar Trade: How One Hedge Fund Helped Keep the Bubble Going

by Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein, ProPublica – April 9


 Senate report on the origins of the financial crisis cites our investigations: http://propub.ca/eIu8Oo

Their results strongly support a strict and strong regulation, by showing how Austrian or neoclassical, neoliberal self-regulation JUST DOES NOT EXST.

Banks’ Self-Dealing Super-Charged Financial Crisis

by Jake Bernstein and Jesse Eisinger
ProPublica, Aug. 26, 2010, 10:09 p.m.

As investors left the market in the run-up to the meltdown, Wall Street created fake demand, increasing their bonuses — and ultimately making the crisis worse.

All the best to ProPublica, a new kind of professional digital media, and the two laureates.

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Job losses in the US

Today from the office of the speaker, Nancy Pelosi: an alarming comparison of  job losses in the US recessions 1990-1, 2001-3 and 2008-10.


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doctor doom’s 2009

Nouriel Roubini has now a weekly column on Forbes, where some synthesis is made of the much richer rge material (unique, very deep and informative news “clusters”; regular blogs or interventions by some of the best macroeconomists). This is an invitation to read regularly, as an amateur, both “Doctor Doom” Forbes column, and the free sections of rge-monitor.com (while a professional economist is obliged to subscribe to rge):

Doctor Doom

A Global Breakdown Of The Recession In 2009

Nouriel Roubini, 01.15.09, 12:01 AM EST

Forecasting pain, from the U.S. to Australia.


With the industrial world already in outright recession and the emerging world navigating toward a hard landing (growth well below potential), I expect global growth to be flat (around -0.5%) in 2009.

This will be the worst global recession in decades as the fallout of the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression took a toll first on the U.S. and then–via a variety of channels–on the rest of the global economy.

Here is a global breakdown of my forecast.

The United States economy is only halfway through a recession that started in December 2007 and will be the longest and most severe in the post-war period. U.S. gross domestic product will continue to contract throughout all of 2009 for a cumulative output loss of 5%.

One last look at 2008 will reveal a very weak fourth quarter with GDP growth contracting about -6% in the wake of a sharp fall in personal consumption and private domestic investment.

I see the real GDP growth contraction playing out through the year as follows: first quarter 2009: -5%; second quarter 2009: -4%; third quarter 2009: -2.5%; fourth quarter 2009: -1%–adding up to a yearly real GDP growth of -3.4% for the U.S. in 2009.

This forecast is much worse than the current consensus forecast seeing a growth recovery in the second half of 2009; I also predict significantly weak growth recovery–well below potential–in 2010. (…)

The latest cyclical upswing in the Eurozone was largely driven by a temporary but powerful boost to domestic investment from disappearing risk premia in the aftermath of the adoption of the single currency and by external demand from a buoyant world economy.

Both demand sources fizzled out by the second half of 2008, leaving the Eurozone as a whole and its largest members exposed to diverging deleveraging patterns in the face of suboptimal EMU-wide automatic fiscal stabilizer mechanisms.

The latest record-low readings of leading and sentiment indicators point to a severe recession ahead in 2009 that shapes up to be worse than the 1992-93 crisis. For the Eurozone, I expect a below-consensus contraction in real GDP of around -2.5% (…)

We believe China will experience a hard landing in 2009, with growth unlikely to exceed 5%, a sharp slowdown from the 10% average of the last five years. The reversal of capital flows and high credit cost will pull down India‘s growth significantly, to around 5% in 2009 from an estimated 6% in 2008.


This graph, now in the front page of the Greenberg geo-eco think thank of the CFR (where we always read two of our favourite blogs: Follow the money by the International Economics “Sherlock Holmes” Brad Setser (*); and the delightful political incorrectness of  Amity Shlaes’ Forgotten man: healthy antidotes to FDR or BO’s santifications), is quite informative.

RAQ (Rarely Asked Q.) Did u know, before having looked at it, that the 2nd NewEconomy bubbbbbble (2003-07)  was much more  pervasive cross-country, than the so much advertised 1st one (1994-2001)?


(*) We are much more than friends, in brotherhood from decades with Otaviano Canuto, himself an rge blogger, Catou and all their beautiful family. Nonetheless, our esteem of Otaviano as an economist made a big jump upward a few weeks ago, when we discovered, in an exchange of comments on a recent post, he had … something to teach to Brad. Before, we believed anything alike impossible, i.e. beyond human limits.