Yanis Varoufakis has a knack, rare in economists, for saying things clearly, simply and persuasively:
“Take a look at the map of Ireland. You have a small island that has to develop an economic policy for development that is common in the north and the south. London doesn’t care about Northern Ireland.
“I fully appreciate and I respect the Unionist psychological need to be part of Britain. But your economy should be developed in a manner that creates synergies with the south and takes advantage of the opportunities that Ireland has as an island.”
For further wisdom, including advice to watch the opening sequence of Life of Brian, for it’s ironic comment on the spliting of hairs, follow this link:
One wonders how aware Yanis is that the Life of Brian was the cause of some hand wringing in Ireland, both North and South of the border, when it was first released?
Listen to this glorious discussion which manages to combine stories about the production techniques of Brian Eno, the importance of play in learning, a goal for Arsenal by Giroud, the importance of untidiness in creativity, the screw up behind one of the great jazz recordings – and don’t miss the story of inspired coaching at the conclusion.
Play and Creativity
On Start the Week, Tom Sutcliffe considers the relationship between play and creativity. Steven Johnson examines how the human appetite for amusement has driven innovation throughout history. Writer and theatre maker Stella Duffy has revived Joan Littlewood’s 1960s concept of The Fun Palace- a ‘laboratory of fun’ for all. The economist Tim Harford advocates embracing disorder in every area of our lives, from messy desks to messy dating. Journalist and former cricketer Ed Smith believes that creativity in sport is a combination of skill and luck.
Producer: Kirsty McQuire.
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“It’s coming from the silence /on the dock of the bay,
from the brave, the bold, the battered/heart of Chevrolet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.”
A few lines from Leonard Cohen’s song “Democracy” as a kind of answer to the strand of pessimism which my post of yesterday provoked [on Facebook]. I note also in the respone a plea that Donald Trump’s support [and also those who supported Brexit] should not routinely be disrespected. I agree with this. And yet I can’t see Trump’s protectionism delivering the change he promises to America’s rust belt. I think Obama’s effort’s to bring change deserve more credit than they are given but the banking crisis which he inherited was a huge barrier to rolling out programmes to meet the needs of those who have now turned to Trump. My own view: ultimately the problems capitalism faces are systemic and and a genuine solution will require a more radical change than either Trump or Obama have yet begun to contemplate. [See previous post: Post Capitalism: A Guide to the Future.] But in the meantime why not lift your spirits with a listen to Cohen’s expression of faith in the United States of America. [Forgive the ad]