Green Griants: by E Freya Williams. Price: €29.99

Sustainability has come a long way in a decade. Once seen as a negative thing, sustainability is increasingly being recognised as a source of advantag(...)

Lucinda Creighton, leader of Renua Ireland,  during the party’s first think-in in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

When you have to endure them every September, you realise the term “political party think-in” does violence to the English language. Once upon a time(...)

 Lucinda Creighton and Declan Ganley at a Renua Ireland think-in in Wood Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Renua Ireland is working on a radical new policy that would see the introduction of a flat tax on all income, with bands and most allowances being scr(...)

Foreign currency exchange booth in Hong Kong:  the surprise devaluation of the Chinese yuan this week unsettled global financial markets. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

The last few weeks, with heavy Chinese government intervention in the stock market and now in the currency markets, have offered a lesson in how th(...)

NYSE trader: an emphasis on share prices and on meeting quarterly earnings expectations has led to destructive short-term behaviour by some chief executives. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

The idea that a company’s primary purpose is to enrich its shareholders is the “dumbest idea in the world”, according to high-profile GMO strategist J(...)

You don’t need a critic to tell you that Frederick Wiseman’s four-hour study of how the 2010 budget crisis impacted upon the University of California (...)

Libertarian author and philosopher Ayn Rand in Manhattan in 1957. Photograph: New York Times/Getty Images

In the latest New York Times magazine Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians – roughly speaking, people who combine free-market economics wit(...)

Barney Frank: former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee ensured mark-to-market practice ended. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP

The economic crisis sparked by the subprime mortgage market in the US was the fault of an accounting rule, guests heard a US economist argue over dinn(...)

Rancher Cliven Bundy, who became a right-wing hero after refusing to pay fees for grazing his animals on federal land. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

It is, in a way, too bad that Cliven Bundy, the rancher who became a right-wing hero after refusing to pay fees for grazing his animals on fede(...)

Rising global inequality may not just be a cyclical phenomenon; something structural could be going on. The rise of the 1 per cent might be a function(...)