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Market forces are a juggernaut

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January 28, 2015
Market forces are a juggernaut

One of the slippery aspects about economics as a whole, is that for a discipline that holds as much power in human life as universal laws do for nature, economics is neither a science nor a philosophy. Mostly, it is a governing practice of human activity that is guided and moved as much by...
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Rewriting National Accounts

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July 29, 2013
Rewriting National Accounts

From the perspective of a blogger/activist addressing the negative impact of globalization on peoples and ecological biodiversity, I recently considered a working group to explore one of most fundamental and underutilized way of addressing economic justice through National Accounting Systems. I’ve been occasionally blogging about its historical and contemporary significance and impact on national...
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TPP v. ASEAN: The pivot and the island rows

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November 19, 2012
TPP v. ASEAN: The pivot and the island rows

Update:  The Obama administration could take advantage of the U.S.-ASEAN meeting to announce a new broader economic initiative with ASEAN that would in part be aimed at countering the launch of the China-dominant Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).   When Obama heads to Cambodia to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit,...
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Let’s Make a Deal! Navigating the SEEA

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November 1, 2012
Let’s Make a Deal! Navigating the SEEA

The devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandi is a tragic reminder of how unprepared we are to face the escalating conditions of new severe weather that confronts us.  And although the full impact of Sandi may not be immediately known, the larger question is why many Americans are still left disputing what the rest...
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Investing in Catastrophes, Investing in Pacific Islands

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September 19, 2012

The Guardian posted a new article called “Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years.” which announces the, uh, collapse of Arctic sea ice within four years.  That certainly accelerates the timetable for rising sea levels and extreme weather threatening Pacific islands. Coincidentally enough, this also happens to coincide with the...
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A Cautionary Tale: Once upon a TPP in Hawaii (or how the 1% co-opted our Aloha)

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July 20, 2012

Sept. 8, 2012 addendum: the 14th round of TPP negotiations is taking place Sept. 9th in Leesburg, VA. More national organizations are resisting the TPP, sponsoring rallies to get the word out.  The ACLU have a new campaign, as well: The Biggest Threat to Free-Speech and Intellectual Property That You’ve Never Heard Of… and...
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If Walmart were a nation…

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June 30, 2012
If Walmart were a nation…

Wal-March Los Angeles, Chinatown, 1245 N. Spring St, 90012 (updated May 2013) On December 14th 2011, WalMart VP Angela Marshall Brown delivered testimony before a Congressional subcommittee on Trade highlighting WalMart’s strong support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free-Trade Agreement. In her testimony she writes that “WalMart encourages negotiators to secure liberal rules for...
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MENAcing FTAs

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February 21, 2011
MENAcing FTAs

Middle East, North Africa uprisings and Free Trade Agreements The discussion over the uprisings in the Middle-East have been framed as Islam meets pro-democracy vs. dictatorships.  Although it’s an accessible way for those in the Muslim-fearing West to discuss revolution in tolerant and civil terms, I’m not certain that these discussions frame a comprehensive...
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Economic Fundamentals-Money

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January 28, 2011

There has been some discussion recently on the value of money and whether it is fundamentally essential for future economies.  Whether a country is subsistent, independent, regionally integrated, or globally integrated, the value of money, rather, money’s value is complicated. From one perspective, money is often seen as a personal asset that we associate...
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Economic Data on Moana Nui

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November 21, 2010
Economic Data on Moana Nui

Some alternative drawings of maps have been circulating. One like the True Size of Africa had me thinking not only about what the physical geographical size of Africa is, but also, what the geographical size of the Pacific Islands are. Moana Nui, altogether, covers a third of the planet–about 169 million square kilometers (about...
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Zoellick Gold Standard Response

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November 11, 2010

Responding to Nov. 7th Financial Times article, ” The G20 must look beyond Bretton Woods II. The discussion of currency valuation as presented by Zoellick is flawed as a result of one very important omission, the accounting for value of GDP. Two points: 1) One of the objectives of Bretton Woods (1946) was to...
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Marxism and Buddhism

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August 2, 2010
Marxism and Buddhism

Every now and again I come across a story that begs to be blogged and may have little or nothing to do with Hawai’i Statehood history.  This may be one of them, simply because it is such a beautiful construction and it flies in the face of the Christian Fundamentalism and Capitalism construct so...
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