My Speech at Occupy Sydney Five Years Ago

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Apparently it’s the fifth anniversary of the day I gave this talk, to the Occupy movement in Sydney, in Martin Place, right outside the offices of the Reserve Bank of Australia. The day after, the site was shut down by the police. It seems I was jinxed, because the same thing happened in New York, the day after I simply dropped off a couple of copies of my book Debunking Economics. The speech holds up pretty well, though I’ve developed my technical arguments a lot since then.

About Steve Keen

I am Professor of Economics and Head of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University London, and a long time critic of conventional economic thought. As well as attacking mainstream thought in Debunking Economics, I am also developing an alternative dynamic approach to economic modelling. The key issue I am tackling here is the prospect for a debt-deflation on the back of the enormous private debts accumulated globally, and our very low rate of inflation.
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4 Responses to My Speech at Occupy Sydney Five Years Ago

  1. Bhaskara II says:

    Professor Keen,

    Sankey diagrams. Perhaps they might be of use to you.

    Some one tweeted a link to a BOE article in your twitter discussion. Containing a flow graph where the line widths are proportional to the flow. In their case, it was flows of money from one sector to the other sector with the rectangles in the middle stating the reason for the flow of money.

    The BOE’s plot shows money going from left to right and the complimentry account in the middle. They were doing cash accounting.

    I thought it was a nifty graph with many applications so I looked up the type.

    If you ask, I have some more interesting links about them that I can post.

    Here is a dynamic Sankey Diagram as the time can be set or played at the bottom.

  2. Bhaskara II says:

    Here is a direct link to the document with the graph.

    Site is called Bank Underground.

  3. Bhaskara II says:

    There are at least two other more attractive candidates for the U.S. Presidency! Could you imagine supporting 4-8 years of what is being presented. Now is the time.

    Governor Gary Johnson with Governor Weld for Vice Pres. (On the ballot in all states)
    Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka for Vice Pres.

    Here are the above twitter links. They have speeches on

    I have watched Gov Johnson’s and Gov. Weld’s speeches and interviews and really like what I have seen. Both are experienced. They said they would be a team.

    I have not researched much on Gov. Stein and Baraka but if they are for real it could be a fresh influence and counter balance. They both seem smart and on it.

    There is even an Americana Mexicana lady, Gloria La Riva, a socialist candidate but not on the ballot in all states. A possible to write in. She said, nationalize the banks where people decide where the money goes. With my limited knowledge of history that appears worryingly too Bolshevik.

    I was told there is no party system mentioned in the Constitution of the U.S.

  4. Bhaskara II says:

    Both Johnson and Stein deftly address the logical fallacy of not voting third party.

    A while ago I experimented making some memes relating to Johnson. Here are links to them below. The last ones are to be funny.

    Who knows, Stein might be better?

    Serious Memes
    “If Trump is attempting to crown Clinton president, why not vote for Gov. Gary Johnson ”

    “If Trump is attempting to crown Clinton president, wisely voting Gov. Gary Johnson, is not splitting the vote.”

    “They elected one of the other candidates!”

    “I don’t always vote Gov. Johnson for president
    But, when Trump appears to crown Clinton president, I do.”

    Lighter Side

    “Some of he best, Trump doesn’t drink this beer.”

    “Now, where is the Trump piñata?”

    “Gov.Johnson for President” “CATNIP SAFE” (Gov. Johnson wants prohibition of marijuana repealed.)

    “Dos X both
    parties, 2016.”**

    **verb ( X’s, X’d, X’ing) [ trans. ]
    mark or make a sign with an X.
    • overwrite or obliterate with an X or series of X’s.
    • make void or annul; invalidate : we’re all X-ing things out of our curricula.

    The tasty beer brand is Dos equis, XX, “Two X” in english.

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