Friday, June 05, 2009


The annual TASC lecture took place last night, featuring Professor James Galbraith (University of Texas at Austin) and Professor Maria Rodrigues (Institute of European Studies (ELB), Brussels University). This was a very interesting discussion on the current economic crisis. Both argued strongly in favour of Keynesian intervention.

Professor Galbraith (son of John Kenneth Galbraith) later appeared on Vincent Browne's excellent programme on TV3, which can be replayed here.

TASC define themselves as an "independent think-thank working from a progressive perspective" and define their core beliefs as the following:

-Ireland faces policy choices which require public debate and well researched alternatives to the establishment consensus
-Equality will be crucial to economic development in the knowledge-centred economies of the 21st century
-Growth for growth's sake is neither environmentally nor socially desirable
-An innovative, dynamic and equal society can only be built on the foundations of a healthy democracy

Their blog can be found at

1 comment:

Kevin Denny said...

Is it just me or are the "core beliefs" of TASC not just vacuous cliches? Dynamic,innovative,equality..yup its all good stuff. In fact very few people, if any, would actually disagree with these statements even, I suspect, subscribers to the establishment consensus (whatever that is).
Of course anyone who does not agree with this "progressive" viewpoint is, per force, "regressive". And who wants to admit to that?