Nick’s excellent article went up today:
Rarely have politicians and business leaders met at Davos against such a gloomy backdrop. The World Economic Forum (WEF) helped to set the tone this month when it issued a chilling dystopian vision of mass youth unemployment, wholly inadequate elderly care provision and widening global inequality. WEF’s global risks 2012 report suggested fresh economic turmoil and social upheaval could wipe out gains produced by globalisation. Nationalism, populism and protectionism threatened to take root, it warned.
The world is calling for a bold vision of economic justice to counter dislocation and austerity. But since the global economic crisis reasserted its icy grip after a brief Keynesian impasse, world leaders have failed to deliver one. The inability to articulate a narrative beyond a long, hard march out of economic malaise ultimately caused by politicians’ and regulators’ failure to adequately supervise the financial system is resulting in a widespread disillusionment with mainstream politics that threatens to undermine faith in democracy.
Read the rest here.
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