Not Radicals, but Self-Propagandizers & Fashionistas

Just as Move On and the Tea Party, in spite of yelling angrily at each other across the ideological divide, both lead us to the same voting booth that is owned lock, stock and barrel by big money and the two mainstream parties, so all fashion statements from avant-garde to proletarian to conformist lead to the same place: the feeding of the capitalist maw.

The Trump Administration's Plot to Kill Government Agencies

It is the oligarchy, much as it was before, only now without any semblance of secrecy or shame.

Framing a Job Guarantee

Perhaps a point-by-point response to Ms. McArdle’s arguments is a way to begin.  

Flint, Michigan and Modern Money

While Flint’s problems surely run deeper than its lack of local tax revenue, it’s difficult to overstate what a substantial injection of capital could do for the city. The question: where does Flint “find” the money? Enter Modern Monetary Theory.

The Federal Reserve is Not a Private Bank – A Response to Counterpunch

Calling out the omission of facts from a recent Counterpunch article concerning the U.S. Federal Reserve. 

Framing the Progressive Platform

Progressives seem to genuinely wonder why mainstream Americans would object to these proposals. Why would American voters be put off by proposals they’d obviously gain so much real—and in many cases personal—benefit from?

Identity Theft & the Body's Disappearance, Part 2

Our flesh no longer exists in the way it once did. A new evolutionary stage has arrived.

Identity Theft & the Body's Disappearance, Part 1

This is the new socialization, identity eugenics, in action. 

Techno Capitalism: A Fever Burning Everywhere

This is the information storm that never ends. How should progressives and other leftists navigate it? How should anyone navigate it?

State of the System

When I say “the system,” I’m not talking about just one aspect of it. It isn’t just politics or economics, but everything that has an overarching control on our lives.

Are You Ready to Consider that Capitalism is NOT the Real Problem?

Capitalism is many things, to many people. "The problem" is not one of them.

Democrats Need A Strategic View

Democrats have a fractured base and credibility problems. They need to do more than just refine their “message” and vote-gathering tactics. In addition to thinking about how they can win, they must think about why they deserve to win. They need an honest explanation of what they think America needs, how they intend to govern, and what they want to accomplish.

The Big Three

So long as progressive leaders are allowed to back-pedal on this topic—to try, somehow, to go forward based on the old economics of “commodity” money—little progress can ever be made to address the Big Three challenges that are growing more formidable every day.

True Caliber: Targeting the Real Issues of Gun Violence

Whether it is the victims of the Parkland shooting, or Black Lives Matter protesting more black lives lost, it seems that the issue is not going to end any time soon without real results and real moves to change them.

DNC Lawyers Argue 1st Amendment Right to Rig the Primaries

Now that the DNC lawsuit has gone into its appeal stage, the law team for the DNC is showing itself capable of leaping from even higher windows in an attempt to escape the heat. Make no mistake, even if the DNC wins this case, they have ultimately lost the trust of voters. 

As the Debt Ceiling Approaches, a Fiscal Myth Echoes Across the Landscape of Politics

So, Congress is apparently going to both refuse to officially raise the debt limit, and also repeal the debt limit law, but instead will suspend the debt ceiling until next March, well after the 2018 Congressional elections, where a new Congress will decide whether one of the methods for permanently curing debt ceiling crises will be used to end additional episodes of debt ceiling brinksmanship after March 2019.

US and UK Progressives Should Join Forces to Fight Neoliberalism

The political histories of the US and the UK have often mirrored each other; from Reagan and Thatcher to Clinton and Blair, and most recently, Trump and Brexit. Our two nations have often been complicit in the bad, and now too, it seems, in the good. Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have reignited the dormant progressive Left in both our countries and helped us identify a common enemy: Neoliberalism.

End the FEDish: Redirecting Our Anger and Efforts to Save the World

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) represents a lens from which to view the various operational levers within the macroeconomy. It is simply the observable facts about how the monetary system works. Not "believing in" MMT is, in essence, denying reality.

Another Modest Proposal: The Future of Austerity Politics

The similarities of colonial Britain and the politics in American society today are brought to light by examining a centuries-old satirical essay, A Modest Proposal.

An Open Letter To Progressive Candidates and Incumbents

With the new OCF language, candidates and office holders can give an answer to “How are you gonna pay for it?”

We Must Hold Our Leaders Accountable

In the United States of America, and throughout every state, the infrastructure of our highways, airports, and especially our water supply are in dire need of repair.

THE SHIFT: Understanding and Using America’s Fiat Money

The importance of this is not simply that the U.S. government no longer must keep enough gold in its vaults to back up its money supply. The importance lies in a profound conceptual shift about what money is—and how a modern, democratic society can use that new understanding to address public needs and pursue collective goals.

Permanent Cures for Debt Ceiling Crises

While our attention is on the chaos and consequences of debt ceiling crises, is a good time to consider how we might eliminate them entirely. Here’s a rundown on the four most important methods one can use.

Some Advice for Linsey Fagan and Other Progressive Candidates

So, she can see that if she advocates for the spending needed to solve our problems, then she may be stepping into a mine field right off the bat.  How should she cope with that situation, which she is sure to hit soon if she hasn’t already gotten there? Well here is where MMT can help her and other progressive candidates.

Trigger Warning: Women's Rights Have Little To Do With Race

Women's rights, by definition, can't be expected to advocate issues that affect the rights of men and male-identifying individuals. Nor can they effectively advocate for race issues.

No Trump, You Don't Get To Evoke FDR

It's been said that Trump's infrastructure plan has all the hallmarks of an FDR-era public works program. Here's why that's not true.

The Women’s March and its “Resistance”

Anyone who's been on social media during the past few days has been privy to the difference of opinions on the second annual Women’s March events which recently took place. There is a strong divide between those who think the marches are advantageous and those who view them as counter-productive to the women’s movement.

Discard the Fiction in the Coffin, Find the Real MLK

Thoughts on the sanctification of Martin Luther King