This article is a follow-up to my last post which dealt with why the government shutdown is a mistake. This time, I’m going to dig deeper and analyze the underlying problem with the Tea Party movement’s perception of reality. Now before I begin, I feel it’s necessary to remind everyone that policy-wise, I agree with […]
John Gustavsson is our European and Economic analyst. He was born 1991 in Sweden and grew up in Örnsköldsvik, a town located on the Swedish north east coast - one of the most socialistic areas in one of the most socialistic countries in the world. Despite (or maybe because of) having grown up in this environment, John is a fiscal, social and neoconservative. He became interested in politics at young age of 10, and the first American election he followed was the 2004 Presidential race. He moved to Ireland in 2009 to study finance and economics, and graduated in 2012 with a first class honors degree in economics and an upper second class honors degree in Finance from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is now studying for a Masters degree in Behavioral Economics at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. John has worked for Pro-life organizations in Sweden as well as Ireland, but currently his political activism and writing is focused on economic issues such as the American fiscal crisis and the Eurozone crisis.
The ongoing government shutdown is a big mistake. I realize that this is a controversial topic, and if you disagree with me, by all means write an angry comment in the field below. In this article, I’m going to cover two points: Why the shutdown is a bad idea, and why Republicans shut down the […]
Again I must apologize for my inactivity lately – my education has taken most of the time and my job search has taken the rest of it. If you’ve been following the mainstream media news, you know the score: It’s morning again in America. The deficit is falling fast, growth is returning, hundreds of thousands […]
In this post I return to one of my favorite topics: Behavioral economics, and how we can use it to argue against leftist policies and in favor of a small government. A while ago I read an excellent book – “The upside of irrationality” by Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at Duke University who pretty […]
Now is a tough time to be a social conservative. Most of you may not know this, but even though I mostly write about economics, I’m a staunch social conservative. In fact, I was a ProLife activist years before I became interested in economics. In this post, I’m going to explain how I think social […]
I know I’m late to the party, but I would like to provide my views on Obama’s State of the Union, or more specifically, his latest idea which he introduced in his SOTU adress: Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9. Here’s something you should all understand about economists: We agree on 95 % […]
Everyone who knows their political philosophy, knows that the main difference between conservatism and communism lies in utopianism – communism supports it, conservatism rejects it. The striving for utopia is old. No-one knows when it started, but the idea of the “perfect society on earth” has always had a strange appeal on humans. However, conservatives, […]
Just when you thought it was over, it all begins anew. Of course (please excuse me for bragging) I have to point out that I never thought it was over. I am, of course, talking about the Eurozone crisis. Many thought it was over because we hadn’t heard anything about it in a while, but […]
Regular readers will by this time be familiar with Behavioral Economics, the discipline that I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in at the University of Nottingham. Quick recap: Behavioral economics is (mostly) about consumer behavior, studying it without the assumption that consumers are rational (an assumption made by “regular” economists). Instead, we look at […]
First, I’m sorry my posting has been sparse lately. I’ve had exams this month and also been hospitalized (I’m okay now, thank you), and so I haven’t really had time to follow and write about politics as much as I’d like (I’d love to post every day). So here’s your British politics update: David Cameron, […]
In the past month, I’ve done some research on the US deficit. Originally, I did this for study purposes – as part of my master’s degree I am required to conduct one research project now during the fall, and another one during the summer. However, I found my results to be too interesting to keep […]
Have you heard of the technological singularity? Don’t be ashamed if you haven’t; it’s sort of a geeky concept. The people most likely to have heard of it are computer scientists and science fiction fans (and if you’re both, then you’ve definitely heard of it). Basically the concept is about artificial intelligence and the “endpoint” […]
In this post I will return to my favourite topic: The Eurozone and its descent into chaos. You may not have heard much about the Eurozone lately – partly because of the election coverage, and partly because things have been quite stable – but trust me when I tell you the problem has not gone […]
I recently stumbled on an interesting article by Edward Hadas. The headline is “Admit economic ignorance”, and that’s what he urges us to do: Recognize that there are questions that we, economists, can’t answer yet and maybe never will. While I’m all for recognizing when we don’t know the answer to a question, and while […]
Conservatives want less financial regulation and vow to repeal and replace what Obama has implemented. Here are three reforms they should favor.