Weekly email #3

Here’s the third of my planned weekly emails. If you want to be on the recipient list email me at j.quiggin@uq.edu.au (preferred) or put in a request in the comments section. If you expected to get an email and didn’t, please contact me.

I’m still getting more interest in the weekly email, which is great. Thanks to everyone who had nice things to say about the blog and my public commentary. Unfortunately, I don’t have spare time for individual responses, at least not yet. Also, some readers had problems with the legibility of the font. I hope I’ve fixed them. Please advise if not.
I’ve had a few media interviews appear in the past week.
A Radio National Future Tense Story about unions and the future of employee representation went to air on Sunday
This story about in the Washington Post about Trump’s plans for ‘asset recycling’ mentioned me briefly as a critic
This story in Ecogeneration covered my arguments for renationalising the electricity grid
Also, my Zombie Economics book got a good run in this piece in voxeu.org
A lot of my blog and Twitter output was focused on the Adani proposal for a massive coal mine. I’ve been trying to keep on top of an ever changing picture, while holding firmly to the view that, in purely economic terms, the project is not viable. Of course, if it weren’t for the catastrophic environmental effects, I wouldn’t be worrying about one more bad project, but as it is, it’s important to make the point.

Simple, but not easy I debated the proponents of the “Easytax” idea made (in)famous by Pauline Hanson https://johnquiggin.com/2017/05/24/simple-but-not-eady/
Adani outmanoeuvres Palaszczuk https://johnquiggin.com/2017/05/22/adani-outmanoeuvres-palaszczuk/
Meanwhile, in the real world (coal-fired power cancellations in India) https://johnquiggin.com/2017/05/23/meanwhile-in-the-real-world/
Drug Wars A review of a book on US pharmaceutical poliyc https://johnquiggin.com/2017/05/25/drug-wars-crosspost-from-crooked-timber/
More Adani asterisks https://johnquiggin.com/2017/05/26/more-adani-asterisks/
Less is more. Items demonstrating a scale of values that makes no sense to me. https://johnquiggin.com/2017/05/28/less-is-more/
Queensland government backing away from Adani? https://johnquiggin.com/2017/05/29/queensland-government-backing-away-from-adani/

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6 thoughts on “Weekly email #3

  1. Hi John,
    Enjoyed your views on UBI at The Powerhouse earlier this month.
    Would love to be on your emailing list.

  2. Hi John,

    Can you please put me on your emailing list.

    Many thanks,


  3. It’s great that the call to renationalise the power grid is becoming part of the public debate again. Let’s broaden the debate but on a case by case basis. There is clearly no case to nationalise coal power stations or coal mines, only a case to shut them down. Given the uncertain future of commercial air travel, there is probably no case for a national air carrier. On the other hand, all rail should be renationalised. Rail has a big future, but in public hands, if we develop our economy correctly to meet existing and new challenges. Water supplies need to be in public hands too.

    The government should also aid and encourage farmer cooperatives for food processing and distribution to break the monopsony (“oligopsony”?) power of the Aussie supermarket cartel and the food processing multinationals.

  4. Waving my little flag,…again….,

    ,…..my proposal of some ten years ago to transition the energy infrastructure to sustainable zero carbon via a 3 cents per unit levy on electricity retail price was in fact a re-nationalisation structure of the electrical energy industry allowing existing players to tender for access to the funds accrual pool with the best renewable technology proposals that they would thereafter profit through managing on behalf of the public who paid for the new assets through the levy. By that method the the grid would be progressively re-nationalised at zero cost to the government and substantially painlessly for the public while existing infrastructure operators ran down their fossil fuel assets in an economically acceptable manner.

    Its one thing to wave a “let’s re-nationalise an asset” ideological flag, but hows about offering some practical options as to how that can be done, please.

    Off topic have a look at Joseph M Juran. I wanted him to be a villain to support an argument I was forming, but he turned out to be a pretty cool guy who has made a huge global impact through his lifetime.

  5. A good contribution to the Future Tense look at unions. I’ll email the request to join your list, thanks.

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