Category: Nations

House and country? Part 2, Burrowing

4 September, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital, Countries, Development, Economics, Global news, Historic preservation, Homeownership, Housing, Investment, London, Nations, Security, Speculation, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It’s one of the curses of London. E. M. Forster  As we saw yesterday when mining a New Yorker (1 June 2015) […]

House and country? Part 1, Mystery

3 September, 2015 (09:50) | Apartments, Capital, Countries, Development, Economics, Global news, Historic preservation, Homeownership, Housing, Investment, London, Nations, Security, Speculation, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith London is to the billionaire as the jungles of Sumatra are to the orangutan. – London mayor Boris Johnson The story of a house is the story of time, and changing fortunes of people, places, cities and nations.  Though a country can be no smaller than a single demesne, a house […]

A new game with no rules: Part 2, Where are the brand values?

9 January, 2013 (10:00) | Banks, Capital markets, Global news, HSBC, Nations, Regulation, Speculation, Standard Chartered, Starbucks, Taxation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith                                                            You’re unstable, you I’ll enable you I’m codependent – Codependent, by John Forster   You want that protest grande?   Yesterday’s post on the new century’s new games with no rules, using two stories from the same issue of the December 15, 2012 Economist: Too […]

A new game with no rules: Part 1, where are the profits?

8 January, 2013 (10:00) | Banks, Capital markets, Global news, HSBC, Nations, Regulation, Speculation, Standard Chartered, Starbucks, Taxation |

By:David A. Smith   You hold your breath, dear, and I turn blue ‘Cause I’m so codependent with you – Codependent, by John Forster Something strange is occurring in the global dance between capital and government, as insolvent nations are shadowboxing with global corporations, whom they wish simultaneously to protect and to exploit, as illustrated […]

Three levels of government: Federal, state, and local

17 November, 2006 (09:56) | Capital, Government, Housing, Legislation and policy, Local Government, Nations, States |

Not only does the US have the world’s most complex housing finance ecosystem, we also have an unusually complex hierarchy of government when it comes to place, with three full levels:   Nice doggie, with three heads   ·         Federal: 1.  By all relevant measures (revenues, span of control, people employed), the Federal government is […]