Irish Launch Economics Festival


ECONOMYby Alex Porter

Kilkenny city will next weekend launch ‘Kilkenomics’ which is an ingenius plan bringing together world class economists with some of the “best comic analytic minds available.”

Given the barrage of propaganda in the mainstream media over the subject of economics this festival is a bold attempt at giving the economy back to the people by thinking about solutions to the problems the financial crisis has thrown up with “insight, humour and originality” instead of “depressing analysis”.

Did you ever wonder why no-one in the mainstream media seems to ask these questions?

  • Why should taxpayers have to bail out private banks causing economics crises and mayhem? Who’s idea was it?
  • Why should private debts which were lost speculating be compensated by citizens? Given that million are now losing their jobs thanks to institutional fraud in the financial markets I think the public needs an answer!
  • And who gives the IMF any authority to demand that governments bail out banks? What charter gives them the right?

Kilkenomics will host some of the best alternative economists around: Peter Schiff who wrote extensively on the financial crisis with great accuracy and years before it happened will try to help answer some of these questions. William K. Black, the US regulator with an academic background in finance and criminolgy, who led the team which investigated the US ‘Savings and Loans Crisis’ in the 80s will speak. He is a very engaging speaker and his investigation prosecuted over a thousand financiers many of whom were jailed. Bill Black believes the current crisis is forty times worse that the S&L crisis.

To help make the dark side of life less depressing the economists will speak alongside bright comedians like Colin Murphy, Fred MacAulay and Des Bishop.

Talks include Bust – The Human Cost, Jargon Busting, Giz A Job, I Can Do That,  It’s Not Peak Oil, It’s Peak Everything, The Best Way To Rob A Bank IS To Own One and What The Hell Just Happened.

The Festival runs from 11 to 14 November and boasts: “Twenty-four events, five venues, views from four continents, thousands of questions, hundreds of answers, one weekend.”

With Ireland further down the road of austerity than the UK a successful Kilkenomics festival might be a sign of what to expect in Scotland. Does Aberdeenomics have a ring to it?

If you, your friends, your business partners or anyone else would like to attend Kilkenomics and approach the subject of economics away from the influence of the mainstream media then tickets are still available.

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