Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella

Articles by Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella on Trade Wars

Stephen Kinsella on Trade Wars

Tariffs are idiotic. Almost everyone loses. Trump’s dismal economics will hurt everyone but US steel manufacturers and himself, and see friends of the US coming cap in hand to Washington for exemptions

Stephen Kinsella on tax avoidance

Stephen Kinsella on tax avoidance

Paschal Donohoe admonished Irish tax planners last week, telling them he wants Ireland to compete ‘from a position of legitimacy’

Relying on the kindness of vultures

Relying on the kindness of vultures

Morally it is wrong to outsource your problems. The human damage the vultures will cause is the direct consequence of a series of policy decisions. Some homes do need to be foreclosed upon, others worked out. The domestic policy system could do this, but has decided it won’t. This is why policy matters

Stephen Kinsella: Ireland’s rental timebomb

Stephen Kinsella: Ireland’s rental timebomb

Caps on rent are not working, home loans are being offloaded to vulture funds, and the government’s slow response to structural changes in Irish society will be interpreted as doing nothing

The big correction: Kinsella on economics

The big correction: Kinsella on economics

It wasn’t actually the end of the world on the markets last week. Some wealthy people lost some pseudo-wealth. That’s all

Stephen Kinsella on Ireland’s generation game

Stephen Kinsella on Ireland’s generation game

Handwringing on the housing crisis is hypocrisy if you rush to object to every development that might hit the value of your own home

Internet and tech giants think tax is only for the little people

Internet and tech giants think tax is only for the little people

From Apple’s Orwellian doublespeak to Google’s continued use of the ‘double Irish’, it’s clear that corporations see being taxed as beneath them

Stephen Kinsella: Apparently, we have never been wealthier. So why are most people not feeling it?

Stephen Kinsella: Apparently, we have never been wealthier. So why are most people not feeling it?

In truth, we do not live in the best of times. Nor do we live in the worst of times. We know the current risks to our economy and we can manage them – and prepare ourselves for the next crisis

A lesson for Ireland as NZ’s farmers thrive in adversity

A lesson for Ireland as NZ’s farmers thrive in adversity

Predictions of the destruction of rural life in New Zealand after the removal of farm subsidies in 1984 proved highly exaggerated. There is a lot we can learn from what happened in the decades since then

Will 2018 be the year of combobulation?

Will 2018 be the year of combobulation?

The past two years were defined by huge political and economic shocks. But 2018 will tell us much more about their actual implications and consequences

Tax, planning, inequality and Facebook in Ireland

Tax, planning, inequality and Facebook in Ireland

The levels of inequality in countries like the US are reaching points last seen during the 1930s. So where does that leave Facebook and its tax planning?

Stephen Kinsella: A massive capitulation by Britain. A stunning victory for Ireland and the EU

Stephen Kinsella: A massive capitulation by Britain. A stunning victory for Ireland and the EU

A way for the DUP to climb down gracefully. The substance of last Monday’s deal remains. You can almost hear the Twister splat.

Stephen Kinsella on Brexit

Stephen Kinsella on Brexit

Britain’s negotiating position for Brexit reflects a kind of magical thinking approach the rest of the EU doesn’t and will not share - and we shouldn’t either

Stephen Kinsella: It is not in Ireland’s interests to hold an election now

Stephen Kinsella: It is not in Ireland’s interests to hold an election now

In fact, as the first phase of Brexit negotiations comes to an end it is lunacy

Ireland’s classic problem

Ireland’s classic problem

There is nothing more Procrustean than our approach to housing, where a situation is being tailored to fit an arbitrary standard