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Video: Niall Ferguson om det aktuelle bank run

Mere EU? Nej tak! Fra CBC – The Lang & O’Leary Exchange:

Harvard University history professor Niall Ferguson talks about Europe’s banking crisis

The board of directors of Spain’s troubled bank, Bankia, has asked the Spanish government for €19 billion ($24.5 billion Cdn) in financial support.

Andre kilder: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,

Video: Niall Ferguson & Susan Jacoby

Udmærket interview:

After Words with Niall Ferguson

Nov 6, 2011 | C-SPAN | BookTV

Niall Ferguson on C-Span

The economist and historian argues that western civilization came to dominate the world by developing and using six concepts: competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic. But the more the rest of the world adopts these concepts, the less the West dominates it. Mr. Ferguson discussed the historic power of several Western empires and their inevitable decline with author and cultural critic Susan Jacoby.

Man skal ind til C-Span for a se video. Link HER.

Video: Niall Ferguson om USAs økonomiske krise

Fra 1. november 2011:

Niall Ferguson: It’s the Stupid Economy

In our new video series, ‘Op-Vid: Campaign 2012,’ writers, thinkers, and doers tackle issues at the heart of the presidential campaign. In the first opinion video, Niall Ferguson takes on the economy.

Opdatering 21. november 2011: The Foreign Policy Association har for et par dage siden youtubet denne fra 3. marts 2009. Jeg sætter den lige her, så jeg kan finde den igen:

Niall Ferguson on Wall Street: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead

The Foreign Policy Association hosted the third session of The Game Changers Lecture Series, with Dr. Niall Ferguson discussing “Wall Street: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead.”

Video: Michael Coren & Niall Ferguson om konservatisme

Fra 11. november 2011:

Michael Coren with Niall Ferguson

Michael Coren discusses a number of topics with scholar Niall Ferguson.

Video: Niall Ferguson, Jeffery Sachs & Fareed Zakaria | Thomas Sowell om pøbelvælde i Wall Street

Venstrefløjens fascistiske demokratibegreb:

Democracy Versus Mob Rule

by Thomas Sowell on Oct 31st, 2011

Logo FrontPageMagazine SmallIn various cities across the country, mobs of mostly young, mostly incoherent, often noisy and sometimes violent demonstrators are making themselves a major nuisance.

Meanwhile, many in the media are practically gushing over these “protesters,” and giving them the free publicity they crave for themselves and their cause — whatever that is, beyond venting their emotions on television.

Members of the mobs apparently believe that other people, who are working while they are out trashing the streets, should be forced to subsidize their college education — and apparently the President of the United States thinks so too.

Mere HER i FrontPageMagzine. Kan også læses her hos Investor’s Business Daily. Og video:

CNN – heated debate on the occupy movement

Niall Ferguson vs Jeffery Sachs debate over the Occupy Wall Street movement turns heated on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.

Video: Niall Ferguson om 6 killer apps

En del er nyt, noget er hørt før. Fra juli 2011:

Niall Ferguson: The 6 killer apps of prosperity

Over the past few centuries, Western cultures have been very good at creating general prosperity for themselves. Historian Niall Ferguson asks: Why the West, and less so the rest? He suggests half a dozen big ideas from Western culture — call them the 6 killer apps — that promote wealth, stability and innovation. And in this new century, he says, these apps are all shareable.

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Douglas Murray om Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Niall Fergusons bryllup

Et kirkebryllup. Aha. Javel så. Man har vel et standpunkt…

Right Wedding

Douglas Murray – October 2011

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I have never seen a bride walk up the aisle faster than Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She said afterwards that it was nerves propelling her. But it was more obviously happiness. The memorial chapel at Harvard was the setting for a crowd of us to gather, on September 10, to witness her marriage to Niall Ferguson. With stock markets tumbling and newspapers predicting terrorist attacks, the union of these two equal and unequalled people, united us in joy. And it reminded me, as did the funeral of a friend a few weeks earlier, that even for atheists when it comes to life’s major milestones the Church still does it best.

Drinking and dancing followed in Boston. I joined what I thought was the receiving line for the bride and groom and lingered a while before discovering it was a greeting line for Henry Kissinger. The post-dinner dance floor would have been the Guardian’s worst nightmare.

Mere HER i Standpoint Magazine.

Andre kilder: The Canadian Jewish News,

Video: Niall Ferguson, Jonathan Sacks, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Benjamin Netanyahu, Tony Blair

Altså. Jeg var lige på YouTube i aften og gik som sædvanlig i fælden: jeg gav mig til at se en konference – “Facing Tomorrow 2011 – The Israeli Presidential Conference” fra Jerusalem den 21. – 23. juni 2011. Jeg har plukket disse taler fra den:

Professor Niall Ferguson at Facing Tomorrow 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks at Facing Tomorrow 2011

Mr. Bernard-Henri Lévy at Facing Tomorrow 2011

H.E. Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu at Facing Tomorrow 2011

Rt. Hon Tony Blair at Facing Tomorrow 2011

Video: Niall Ferguson & Allan Gregg

TVO uploader sommetider noget gammelt stof. Dette interview er fra april 2003, men nyt på YouTube. Det handler om USAs rolle som supermagt:

Niall Ferguson on the American “empire”

In  his new book “Empire: the Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power”, Oxford historian Niall Ferguson claims that the British Empire was one of the world’s modernising forces. He suggests that America, because of its global dominance, is really an empire but is reluctant to recognize it. Is this “empire”, with its fiscal deficits and colossal military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, about to crumble too? (Originally aired April 2003)

Egypten er på spanden – Niall Ferguson

The Revolution Blows Up

Egypt’s stock market is tanking and its rich are taking their money to Zurich. Will an economic plunge ruin the Arab Spring?

by Niall Ferguson – June 05, 2011

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I recently sat at the desk where John Maynard Keynes wrote The Economic Consequences of the Peace, his coruscating 1919 polemic against the Versailles Treaty. I asked myself what Keynes would be writing if he were with us today. I think the answer is The Economic Consequences of the Arab Spring.

The point of Keynes’s original tract was that the victors of the First World War were bungling the peace. The punitive reparations they were demanding of Germany, he argued, would plunge that country into an economic crisis. After that would come the political backlash.

Mere HER i Newsweek.

Sappho med boganmeldelse, interview og klumme

Danmarks farligste bog mødes af benspænd

31. maj 2011 – interview af Lars Hedegaard

Gennem tre år har en falanks af PET-chef Jakob Scharf, MF Pernille Frahm og journalister på Information gjort hvad de kunne for at forhindre Center for Koldkrigsforsknings afhandling om Danmark under Den Kolde Krig i at udkomme. Sappho har spurgt CFKF’s leder, professor Bent Jensen, hvad han tror, der ligger bag disse bestræbelser

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Mere HER i Sappho.

Den sunde fornuft er død og borte. Æret været dens minde.

31. maj 2011 – klumme af Jeppe Samuel Cholewa Juhl

Hvad er der blevet af den sunde fornuft? Spørger journalisten Jeppe Juhl og efterlyser en mere sokratisk tilgang til debatten om indvandring, islam og multikulturalisme.

Mere HER i Sappho.

Vesten og resten

02. juni 2011 – anmeldelse af Christopher Arzrouni

Den egentlige trussel mod Vesten er vores egen manglende tro på den civilisation, vi arvede fra vores forfædre, mener den engelske historiker, Niall Ferguson. Læs Christopher Arzrounis anmeldelse af Fergusons bog om den vestlige civilisation

Mere HER i Sappho.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali om æresdrab

Interview:

Hirsi Ali: Honor Killings on the Rise in the West

Tessa Berenson | June 2nd, 2011

Islamic honor killings are making appearances in the West, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali is determined to do something about it.

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Hirsi Ali is the founder of the AHA Foundation, an organization aimed at spreading awareness about honor violence and defending women’s rights through raising awareness and promoting legislative action. The AHA Foundation is hosting an honor violence symposium in New York City on June 6. FrumForum talked with Hirsi Ali about the goals of the symposium and what honor violence means for western culture.

“The mission of the foundation is to protect the rights of women from militant Islam and tribal custom,” said Hirsi Ali. “What we would like to do is make professionals aware of the fact that some of these practices are growing in the United States.”

Mere HER hos FrumForum.

Opdatering den 5. juni 2011 – Stort tillykke til Ayaan Hirsi Ali og Niall Ferguson:

TV historian Niall Ferguson is having a child with his Somali-born feminist partner

His partner has often talked of her desire to have children. So TV historian Niall Ferguson must be a happy man after news that Somali-born feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is expecting.

The 41-year-old writer has told friends in America she is five months pregnant.

Mere HER i The Daily Mail.

Opdatering 19. september 2011 – tillykke igen! The Telegraph skriver, at Niall Ferguson og Ayaan Hirsi Ali er blevet gift. :lol:

Opdatering 30. december 2011: Masser af tillykke! Det blev en dreng, skriver Deutch News.

Video: Niall Fergusons nye serie fra Channel 4

Denne store, flotte serie om Den Vestlige Civilisation blev sendt på Channel 4 i marts og april i år. I følge Niall Ferguson kan Vestens succes især tilskrives: konkurrence, forskning, demokrati, lægevidenskab, forbrugerisme, protestantisme:

Civilization: Is the West History – Pt1. (Competition)

“The first programme in the series begins in 1420 when Ming China had a credible claim to be the most advanced civilization in the world: ‘All Under Heaven’. England on the eve of the Wars of the Roses would have seemed quite primitive by contrast.

Yet the lead that China had established in technology was not to be translated into sustained economic growth. In China a monolithic empire stifled colonial expansion and economic innovation. In Europe political division bred competition.

The question for our own time is whether or not we have lost that competitive edge to a rapidly ascending Asia”

1. Competition: a decentralisation of political and economic life, which created the launch pad for both nation states and capitalism.

Se hele serien her på Veritas Universalis ► ► ► klik HER

Video: Niall Ferguson om vestlig imperialisme

Det er ikke Englands eller Vestens skyld, at den islamiske verden ikke fungerer. Debat fra BBC Newsnight 1. marts 2011 – Ziauddin Sardar vs. Niall Ferguson:

Western Imperialism to Blame or Islam? – Niall Ferguson on the ME

Video: Hans Rosling hos BBC & CNN

Vi snupper lige endnu et par videoer med Hans Rosling. Den første varer mindre end 5 minutter, men den er filmteknisk set meget seværdig. Fra BBC - fra 26. november 2010:

The Joy of Stats

Documentary which takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power thay have to change our understanding of the world, presented by superstar boffin Professor Hans Rosling, whose eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny online lectures have made him an international internet legend.

Rosling is a man who revels in the glorious nerdiness of statistics, and here he entertainingly explores their history, how they work mathematically and how they can be used in today’s computer age to see the world as it really is, not just as we imagine it to be.

Rosling’s lectures use huge quantities of public data to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes.

The film also explores cutting-edge examples of statistics in action today. In San Francisco, a new app mashes up police department data with the city’s street map to show what crime is being reported street by street, house by house, in near real-time. Every citizen can use it and the hidden patterns of their city are starkly revealed. Meanwhile, at Google HQ the machine translation project tries to translate between 57 languages, using lots of statistics and no linguists.

Despite its light and witty touch, the film nonetheless has a serious message – without statistics we are cast adrift on an ocean of confusion, but armed with stats we can take control of our lives, hold our rulers to account and see the world as it really is. What’s more, Hans concludes, we can now collect and analyse such huge quantities of data and at such speeds that scientific method itself seems to be changing.

Videoen ovenfor er et segment snuppet fra den næste video. BBC har lavet flere programmer med Hans Rosling. Her er den nyeste virkelig flotte udsendelse, der handler om statistikkens historie. Udsendelsen gennemgår også eksempler på moderne anvendelse af statistik. Uploadet på YouTube den 14. marts 2011. Man skal være interesseret i enten historie eller statistik, for at synes, den er sjov:

The Joy of Stats

BBC4 documentary on statistics and the power thay have to change our understanding of the world, presented by Professor Hans Rosling.

Broadcast on Thu, 13 Jan 2011, on BBC Four

Og: Hans Rosling & Niall Ferguson hos CNN. Ja, ja, – jeg ved det. Men Hans Rosling er bare god. Fra 6. marts 2011:

How Can US Stay at the Top

Fareed Zakaria interviews several people about where the United States stands ranked in the world today and what it can do as a nation to hold itself near the top. People interviewed include Hans Rosling of gapminder.org, Niall Ferguson and Joseph Nye, Harvard economist, and foursquare.com co-founders, Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai.

Opdatering 26. marts 2011: Link til nyt interview her i Think Quarterly.

Interview med og artikel af Niall Ferguson

Jeg har spurgt før og nu gør jeg det igen: hvis halvdelen af alle mænd har to koner, hvem skal den anden halvdel så gifte sig med? I islam må en mand endda have hele fire koner. Det kommer Niall Ferguson imidlertid ikke ind på her:

Men Without Women

by Niall Ferguson – March 06, 2011

The ominous rise of Asia’s bachelor generation.

In 1927, Ernest Hemingway published a collection of short stories titled Men Without Women. Today, less than a century later, it sums up the predicament of a rising proportion of mankind.

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According to the United Nations, there are far more men than women on the planet. The gender gap is especially pronounced in Asia, where there are 100 million more guys than girls. This may come as a surprise to people in the Western world, where women outnumber men because—other things being equal—the mortality rate for women is lower than for men in all age groups. Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen calls it the mystery of Asia’s “missing women.”

Mere HER i Newsweek. Og så interviewet – spørgsmålene stilles af Daniel Johnson:

Is China Really a Threat to us?

Dambisa Moyo and Niall Ferguson – March 2011

Daniel Johnson: I want to start with something that happened exactly 100 years ago, in 1911. Oswald Spengler had the idea of writing The Decline of the West during the Agadir Crisis — a bit of gunboat diplomacy by the Kaiser which went wrong. Spengler decided this was an example of the West losing its nerve and he began this whole genre of literature about Western decline. He included the threat from Japan — “the Yellow Peril” — but now we talk about China. So is this something really new that we’re talking about, or have we been here before? And how worried should we be?

Niall Ferguson: What’s novel is that now nobody in their right mind believes history is a seasonal process, as Spengler did, and that we’re somehow destined by some natural force to enter the winter of our civilisation’s existence.

DJ: But some people think the decline of the West is inevitable, don’t they?

NF: That’s right. They might have a different model from Spengler’s, and there are lots of different ways of thinking about the historical process. Most people like to think of it as being cyclical — I think that’s wrong actually, but that’s why people keep coming back to this idea. We’re all young enough — or should I say old enough? — to remember Paul Kennedy’s Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, which said in the 1980s that the West was in trouble, and Japan and West Germany were going to overtake the United States. We’ve seen this movie more than once and it’s a recurrent feature of the 20th century that somebody at some point is predicting the decline of the West. But what I think is different about today is that compared with 1911, there really is a very rapidly narrowing gap between the West and the rest, which there wasn’t then. True, before 1911, one non-Western country — Japan — had begun the process of catching up but it was still miles behind. It had some industry, but by comparison to Britain or any of the major European powers, and particularly in comparison to the United States, it was tiny. We’re in a different world now because if you use purchasing power parity as a measure, China’s gross domestic product is close to 90 per cent that of the US. The Soviets never got that close. For the first time since 1872, there is the possibility of another economy being bigger than that of the US, and it could happen within the next ten years.

Mere HER i Standpoint Magazine.

Opdatering 12. august 2011:

China vows crackdown on sex-selective abortions in bid to close yawning gender gap

August 8, 2011

China is vowing to strengthen enforcement to prevent sex-selective abortions and close a yawning gender gap in a country that already has tens of millions more boys than girls.

Mere HER i The Washington Post.

Video: Kalifat inden 10 år? – Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson – By 2021 There Could Be A Restored Middle Eastern Caliphate

Niall Ferguson spoke with The Telegraph about what he believes the world may look like 10-years from now, in 2021.

Key points:

  • China will be the largest economy in the world by 2021
  • No guarantees the euro will still exist
  • The U.S. could europeanize itself, or it could revitalize itself
  • Tiny possibility we get western-style democracies in the Middle East
  • More alarming to think about a “restored caliphate”
  • Germany’s love of European integration under threat

Der er lidt flere stumper af interviewet her på The Telegraph.

Niall Ferguson: Intet demokrati i Mellemøsten

Artiklen er ikke meget værd. Jeg er skuffet over Ferguson:

Why democracy will not catch on in the Arab world

Niall Ferguson – 1 Mar 2011

Logo The Evening StandardToday the world watches enthralled as the Arab world – from Morocco to Yemen – gropes its way towards… what? Two tyrants have been toppled and a third is teetering on the brink. The post-colonial order of feudal monarchs and military dictators is crumbling. But only a Prozac-addicted optimist would put money on the emergence of anything resembling Western-style democracy from the current revolutionary upheaval.

Where democracy has been tried in the Arab world, the results have thus far been dismal. Even full-scale military intervention by the United States, backed up with billions of dollars over nearly eight years, has created only the most fragile elected government in Iraq. Elsewhere, elections have increased rather than reduced the power of Islamist organisations such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Just why have North Africa and the Middle East lagged so far behind other parts of the world in making the transition to democracy? Much of Asia (China is the big exception) has done it. So have most Latin American countries.

Mere HER i London Evening Standard.

Interview med Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson: ‘Westerners don’t understand how vulnerable freedom is’

Niall Ferguson is one of the world’s leading historians, but his pro-colonial views have been heavily criticised. Here, he explains why he’s now targeting a younger audience

William Skidelsky – 20 February 2011

Logo The GuardianMy first thought, on meeting Niall Ferguson, is that he looks too smart to be an academic. It’s a Wednesday afternoon, and the Philippe Roman chair in history and international affairs is sitting in his shoebox-shaped office in the Ideas centre at the London School of Economics. Though the setting is hardly glamorous, Ferguson is dressed in the informal-but-smart get-up of a movie executive or hedge-fund manager: suave blue suit, pressed white shirt, gleaming Chelsea boots. His skin is ruddy and his hair is coiffed. Somehow it seems improbable that he has spent the day supervising seminars or reading dissertations. He begins by asking me to wait a few moments. “I’m afraid I have to write a cheque,” he says, reaching for his fountain pen. “One of life’s more tedious burdens.” I stifle an urge to lean over his shoulder and try to catch a glimpse of the number he is etching. Ferguson, one suspects, is used to writing big cheques.

Mere HER i The Guardian.

Video: Niall Ferguson om Egypten

Big Peace skriver om denne video:

‘How Obama Blew It’ On Egypt

Harvard historian Niall Ferguson schools MSNBC’s Mika on what has happened in Egypt and Obama’s incompetence.  Just devastating.  And this guy teaches at Harvard.


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