Knijge Raspleta

June 19, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Slobodan Antonic, Milosevic: Jos Nije Gotovo, (Beograd, Vukotic Media, 2015). I have quite a few books, and I am fond of those that I had purchased and received as gifts in Belgrade and Sarajevo. I hope to review them. One is a book on the former President of Serbia and […]

ANTIFA: The UPF’s Comrade in Arms.

May 30, 2016 Mbeljac 1

Two events occurred over the last week that are worth contrasting. The first was the appearance of the leader of the far right nationalist group, United Patriots Front, Blair Cottrell, at a rally of dairy farmers on the steps of the Victorian parliament. The speech was widely lampooned, as it […]

Put the Liberals Last, Then Unsheathe the Strike

May 23, 2016 Mbeljac 0

As Australia heads to the polls it is worth keeping in mind that all the signal advances made toward a socially just Australia have been accompanied by an upsurge of strikes and labour movement militancy. The great strikes of the 1890s were key events that ushered in the system of […]

Why the Efficient Market Hypothesis is Correct

May 14, 2016 Mbeljac 0

According to neoclassical free market economics, which has it that markets know best, markets are efficient as they incorporate all available information. In particular, financial markets are efficient and they are not prone to mania, bubbles, and spectacular crashes. This view of markets has been dominant, and has framed, indeed […]

Peak Knowledge and Social Complexity: Are They Linked?

April 19, 2016 Mbeljac 0

The New York Times carries a thought provoking op-ed by William Gail on what he refers to as a looming new scientific dark age. Let us put aside the quibble that the dark ages might not have been as dark as commonly supposed. Gail makes the argument that as global […]