The Yugoslav Model

On a scorching hot day last July, I wandered off the motorway into Belgrade and past crumbling tower blocks and up the steps to what was once an impressive villa. Now the steps were cracked and the fountain was dry and empty. I was entering the Mausoleum of Tito, the Communist ruler of Yugoslavia from 1945 to 1980. Beside his final resting place was an information centre, part of which was dedicated to Yugoslavia’s experiment in Worker Self-Management, as it was called. It was here that I was introduced to an idea I had never considered before, that of workers democratically running their workplace the same way democracy runs the government. Did this novel experiment work? Continue reading “The Yugoslav Model”

Political Rap

I got fed up with music a while ago. Most songs on the radio seem to be usual bland nonsense that isn’t even about anything. Most songs are just catchy, repetitive rubbish with the odd reference to a girl or a drink/club thrown in. I thought rap music was about black guys talking about hoes and jewelry. To my complete surprise I found that some rap is deeply political. Some songs are really poetry with a beat. I never heard songs that discussed politics, history and society in such an insightful way. So I collected some of my favourites to share here. Continue reading “Political Rap”

Crisis Of Consensus

Irish politics is in crisis. The economy has been severely damaged and recovery is still far off. Old political loyalties are breaking down. The nation is near bankruptcy. In this time of great trouble we need great leadership and new thinking. The old ways have failed us and we need new ideas. Instead we stuck with old fashioned mediocrity. Irish politics is not based on ideas or visions but on keeping the status quo. We have a crisis of consensus. Continue reading “Crisis Of Consensus”

Applying Economics To Ticket Scalping

Last month a friend asked my opinion and I thought I might be able to apply my economic knowledge to a real life scenario (this almost never happens so I got quite excited). It had to do with the process of reselling tickets, and we debated whether or not this was greedy exploitation or simple capitalism. Is it right to be governed by money and the market or should social norms and ethics dominate? Continue reading “Applying Economics To Ticket Scalping”

Applying Economics To Assignments

In the run up to exams myself and my friends in college were all stressed over study and getting assignments completed. In the middle of this I noticed that some essays were individual and some were group essays. Seeing as I’ve been doing a lot of economic thinking, particularly about the difference between collective and individual, I thought I might try and see what economic lessons could be drawn from this. Continue reading “Applying Economics To Assignments”