About the BlaqSwans Collective

About BlaqSwans.org
Until black swans were seen in Australia, swans were ‘predicted’ white. Today ‘Black Swans’ are improbable events with a dramatic impact. We have been tracking them since the GFC…
2008 coincided with the start of the Global Financial Crisis and the explosion of social media. So the past 7 years have been a pretty unique… Continue reading

[Brexit] Vive la Grande Bretagne !

Long live Great Britain!
Political speeches keep insisting on the motives behind the Brexit vow: the brits have apparently voted to leave the EU because of immigration. It’s very bad.
Such demonization happened in France during the 2005 referendum (when the ‘No’ to the new treaty won). Of course the fact that the people of Europe keep voting… Continue reading

[Christine te parle] Dear Occupy, you’ve been right all this time!

Dear Left blogger, dear Occupy, dear Nuit Debout, dear early follower or The Other School of Economics, dear aficionado of BlaqSwans unpredictable events, dear Yanis V ….
Christine Lagarde from the IMF just sent you a private message: you’ve been right all this time!

Neoliberalism has been Oversold (Instead of delivering growth, some neoliberal policies have increased… Continue reading

[Australia’s next crisis, part 3: the Regulator’s view] ASIC says it’s got the Big Aussie short covered

Part3: A big-short scenario for Australia has been getting a lot of attention this week. John Hempton, Bronte Capital‘s chief investment officer (a hedge fund) and Jonathan Tepper, an economist and founder of Variant Perception (an Independent Global Macroeconomic Research that presents itself as “contrarian investment analysis”) believe that Australia is heading to a scenario eponymous to… Continue reading

[Australia’s next crisis, part 2: the bull view] ‘Big Short’ on Aussie banks ‘will take years’ if true, JPMorgan says

Part2: A big-short scenario for Australia has been getting a lot of attention this week. John Hempton, Bronte Capital‘s chief investment officer (a hedge fund) and Jonathan Tepper, an economist and founder of Variant Perception (an Independent Global Macroeconomic Research that presents itself as “contrarian investment analysis”) believe that Australia is heading to a scenario eponymous to… Continue reading

[Australia’s next crisis, part 1: the bear view] Uncovering the big Aussie short

Part1: A big-short scenario for Australia has been getting a lot of attention this week. John Hempton, Bronte Capital‘s chief investment officer (a hedge fund) and Jonathan Tepper, an economist and founder of Variant Perception (an Independent Global Macroeconomic Research that presents itself as “contrarian investment analysis”) believe that Australia is heading to a scenario eponymous to… Continue reading

Mapping the emerging Post-Capitalist Paradigm and its main Thinkers

This is a cross-post of a diagram and text we originally did for the P2P Foundation and which they first published on their wiki “http://blog.p2pfoundation.net”. It unexpectedly generated a lot comments. We took theme into account and updated the diagram for their site “http://CommonsTransition.org“, which generated further comments. A lot of discussion also happened on the excellent Facebook group “Friends of the P2P… Continue reading

[France] The truth is that without a new map cut by Hollande, the National Front would have won local government

One week after the disastrous local elections in France, the analysis can be summarised in a few points:
– The Left (le Parti Socialiste) only keeps 5 of the 12 “regions” (the equivalents of the States and Territories in Australia). But boasted that a ‘republican resistance’ had enabled to prevent the National Front from winning any… Continue reading

[Watch] An atheist (Sam Harris) and a Muslim (Maajid Nawaz) on the future of Islam

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Lateline  – Broadcast: 28/10/2015 – Reporter: Tony Jones
This is really a must watch and read especially after the shootings in Paris (13/11) and Beirut (12/11), and the more than approximative analyses that have been flowing in their aftermath. That interview was conducted as heads were still cool. Tony Jones speaks with the… Continue reading

[Headache] Paris attacks: Who benefits from ISIS terrorism? Bashar al-Assad

OPINION – Original paywalled article from the Australian Financial Review
Paris attacks: Who benefits from the terrorism? Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, seen here with Russian President Putin, who is backing the dictator’s odious regime. AP
by Josh Rogin
At the same time murderers were attacking Paris, the West’s top diplomats were travelling to Vienna with the goal of replacing a mass… Continue reading

[Freudian] Former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson cannot stop laughing about inequality: “We Made It Wider!”

At a conference hosted in April 2015 by the real wolf of Wall Street Mike Milken (sentenced to ten years in prison for racketeering and securities fraud in 1989, fined $600 million, permanently barred from the securities industry), questioned by Sheryl Sandberg and former US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin (former co chairman of Goldman Sachs who… Continue reading