Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Blimey!

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Because I am a deeply-troubled person, I spent my Sunday morning looking at centuries-old financial data from the United Kingdom. SlopeCharts – – which, if you’re not, you really should be using – – has a jaw-dropping amount of data in its economic database, and for a lunatic like me, it’s great fun just trawling through it. Here are some gems I found (descriptions captioned):

Here is the government’s surplus or deficit going back to the 1600s. What’s remarkable to me is that the enormous expense of World War 1 and 2 is a barely-discernible bump.
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Pivot Point

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Any time I look at a long-term chart of economic data from the U.S., there seems to be an important inflection point at 1979. For example, wealth equality seemed to reach its peak then, but then it “V-bottomed” and has never looked back.

I thought of this recently when I was messing around in the economic database within SlopeCharts and looked at the debt-to-GDP ratio. Look at what was going on from about 1965 to 1979:

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