Rodrigue Tremblay – Canada

Linked with Questions About the Financial Crisis, and with The neocons’ crazy dream of World War III.

Rodrigue Tremblay (born October 13, 1939) is a Canadian-born economist, humanist and political figure. He teaches economics at the Université de Montréal. He specializes in macroeconomics, international trade and finance, and public finance. He is a prolific author of books in economics and politics. Born in Matane, Québec, Canada, he has a B.A. from the Université Laval (1961), a B.Sc. in Economics from the Université de Montréal (1963). Tremblay did his graduate work at Stanford University where he obtained a M.A. in Economics (1965) and a Ph.D. in Economics (1968) … He is a rare and versatile economist whose accomplishments touch many fields of economics and economic policy. He is known for his contributions in three areas of economics … He is also a public intellectual who is known for his contributions to the understanding of international, Canadian and Quebec politics. His blog on world geopolitics is read in fifty countries and in seven languages. His book The New American Empire was published in English, in French under the title “Le nouvel empire américain” and in Turkish under the title of “Yeni Amerikan †mparatorlu›u”. His political analyses have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail and numerous French-language newspapers such as Le Devoir, La Presse (Canada), Le Soleil, and several other publications … (full text).

A Fed Panic and a Massive Bailout of American Banks Paid for by the Entire World, September 22nd, 2007.

He writes: The global dollar-based financial system is in crisis and is threatening the prosperity and stability of many economies. Financial excesses of all kinds have undermined its legitimacy and its efficiency. The U.S. dollar is losing its preeminence as the main international reserve currency while many banks are caught in the turmoil of the subprime credit crisis … (full text, Nov 16, 2007).

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Rodrigue Tremblay – Canada

Listen to his video: The deconstruction of Iraq, 2 min., October 4, 2007.

He writes also: When religious extremists use their tax-free access to TV to openly call for a nuclear confrontation between America and Iran, and when they try to demonize the European Union by calling it “the Antichrist”, it is time to ask what’s going on in the U.S. —Is this wind of collective madness subsiding or getting up steam? Are the Armageddonite fanatics calling for the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ, in an Armageddon war supposed to kill two billion people, turning the U. S. into a madhouse, where the inmates seem to be in charge? There are, indeed, as many as 30 million Armageddonite Americans—ten percent of the population—most of them members of the evangelical religious fundamentalist movement, to which GWB subscribes as an evangelical born-again Christian, and from which he borrows his religious language in defense of his policies. (In the 2004 elections, exit polls showed that more than three-quarters of white evangelical Christians voted for President Bush.) Many among the evangelicals are known to nurture the crazy idea that if their preachers’ end-of-the-world scenario were to be accomplished, they would be ‘raptured’ and would enter into some ‘Heaven’, without going through a ‘Judgment Day’. Since the leaders of this movement are frequently invited to the White House for off-the-record policy sessions, and since many congressmen attend their meetings, it might not be so foolish after all to look at what these delusional characters have in store for the world. (full text).

Canada and Bushs North American Union.

His biography.
The New American Empire (2004; ISBN 0-7414-1887-8) is a geopolitical book by economist Rodrigue Tremblay that analyses the causes and consequences of the political shift taking place in U.S. foreign policy at the beginning of the 21st Century. The author discusses, from an international viewpoint, the reasons for the U.S.-led war in Iraq and why the United States now feels compelled to repudiate fifty years of multilateral cooperation in favor of a supremacist and unilateral approach to world affairs. (full text).

Look at his blog on World Geopolitics.

Thus, with the connivance of the rating agencies and of the Federal Reserve System, large banks invented new financial products under various names such as “Collateralized Bond Obligations” (CBOs), “Collateralized Debt Obligations” (CDOs), also called “Structured Investment Vehicles” (SIVs), which had the characteristics of unfunded short term commercial paper. In the residential mortgage market, for example, mortgage brokers and retail lenders would sell their mortgage loans to banks, which in turn would package them together and slice them into different classes of mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), carrying different levels of risk and return, before selling them to investors. Indeed, these new financial instruments were the end result of a process of “asset securitization” and were slices of bundles of loans, not only of mortgage loans but also of credit cards debts, car loans, student loans and other receivables. Each slice carried a different risk load and a different yield. With the blessing of rating agencies, banks went even one step further, and they began pooling the more risky financial slices into more risky bundles and divided them again to be sold to investors in search of high yields. (full text, November 15, 2007).

The Iraq Occupation and the Coming War Against Iran: Political Wickedness and Moral Bankruptcy.

The blog: Dandelion Salad.
His publications: on amazon; on Global; on technorati; on wikipedia; on Google Book-search; on Google Blog-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Group political forum.

Sur wikipedia français.

De nos jours, et cela est presque incroyable, on retrouve le même aveuglement fanatique chez certains leaders politiques et religieux américains. Pour le « born-again » George W. Bush, par exemple, la politique extérieure se résume à identifier les « bons » et les « mauvais », comme dans un mauvais film de cowboys. Selon ses dires, il faut « déchaîner la machine militaire » contre les mauvais, et cela d’une façon unilatérale et sans référence à aucune loi extérieure, et qu’importe si des dizaines de milliers d’innocents périssent. Chacun de ces deux groupes de fanatiques prétend que son « Dieu » est plus fort que celui de l’autre et qu’il a obtenu, de surcroît, l’aval de l’Au-delà pour dévaster et pour tuer. (lire tout le texte, 12 décembre 2004).

Rodrigue TREMBLAY est professeur émérite de sciences économiques à l’Université de Montréal. C’est un ancien président de la North American Economics and Finance Association, et un ex-président de la Société canadienne d’économique. Il a été aussi vice-président de l’Association internationale des économistes de langue française (AIELF). Il a reçu en 2004 le Prix Condorcet de philosophie politique. En politique, M. Tremblay a été député du comté de Gouin, à Montréal, de 1976 à 1981, et a été ministre de l’Industrie et du Commerce dans le gouvernement du Québec (1976-1979). Le professeur TREMBLAY a publié 27 livres, la plupart portant sur des questions économiques et financières, mais certains traitant aussi de questions morales et politiques. (Lire ce texte).

L’économiste, qui a été ministre de l’Industrie et du Commerce sous René Lévesque, avait commencé la rédaction de cet essai bien avant le 11 septembre, mais les actes terroristes l’ont forcé à repenser la structure de l’ouvrage et à en devancer la publication. «Non, je n’avais pas prévu les événements du 11 septembre. Mais j’avais écrit un long chapitre sur l’influence de la religion dans l’État, à l’intérieur duquel je faisais part de mes préoccupations. (Lire tout le texte).

Sa biographie en français.


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les classiques des sciences sociales;

le blog ‘l’Harmattan‘;;

a positive future radio;

Board Reader;;

Le blogue en anglais de Rodrigue Tremblay;

US Culture.

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