Britain Better Fix Its Identity Crisis Fast - Or Risk A Disastrous Brexit


from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Timothy Oliver, University of Hull

There are lots of productive ways to analyse Brexit - why it happened, how it's developing, and how it might turn out. One of the most interesting is to use the idea of an identity to understand both why the process is proving so painful for the UK, and also why the rest of Europe still seems so confused about why the UK is engaging in this process at all.

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What We Read Today 25 July 2017

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Why the Value of Contemporary Money is Not Dependent on the Value of Gold

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I note that there is oftentimes confusion today when the gold standard era is brought up. The reason for the confusion when discussing this era is because the monetary system functioned in an entirely different way.


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July 2017 Chemical Activity Barometer Year-over-Year Growth Rate Deceleration Continues

from the American Chemistry Council

The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) ticked up 0.1 percent in July following a flat reading in June and a 0.2 percent gain in May.

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