Neighbors Without Homes - Part Two

In Part One of Neighbors Without Homes, the final paragraph asked how can we make our planet better since we're all here together.  Consider what it would take to solve the issue of neighbors without homes. 

Progressivepedia: What is Economics?

Economics is the study of how societies allocate limited resources (such as land, water, human labor, or machinery) among the wants of those societies, recognizing that wants are seemingly unlimited.

Do We Have Free Journalism?

Is there freedom of the Press in this country? No, but there is absolute freedom of Press executives. And it shows.

The Mismeasure of Macro

Sloan strives for one more scare tactic. MMT will cause the United States to lose its reserve currency status and all the foreign bondholders will dump their treasury securities. This may sound scary to the average reader but those versed in bond markets will immediately see through the farce.

No Justice, No Peace

Why do politicians and the elite peddle “sticker shock” at social programs – like a New Deal – yet not the same “sticker shock” at our bloated military costs?

Neighbors Without Homes - Part One

We're all connected.  No one is better than anyone else, so why do so many lack life's bare necessities?  Maybe everyone should think about our neighbors, even if they don't have homes.

Hey Joe, Where Ya Goin With that Poll in Your Hand?

You can say what you want about Joe Biden. In fact there is quite a bit to say, mainly because he’s 76 with a half a century in the spotlight of public service. He’s also human. Like all of us he has strengths and weaknesses.

Bernie 2020 - Lemmings Off A Cliff

If you want to know why Bernie isn't going to win in 2020, read on. If you're someone who childishly puts fingers in their ears and says "lalala I can't hear you," then move along.

Modern Monetary Theory - A Presentation for the Lavender Greens

The only constraint on spending by the US federal government is resources. Or, as Dr. Stephanie (Bell) Kelton puts it, the federal government can buy every American a pony, if we breed enough ponies.

Hypocrisy and Deception for U.S. Venezuela Policy

U.S. policy towards Venezuela is deception and hypocrisy.

What's on Your Litmus List

If you insist that the two parties are different then some standards and exclusions have to apply.

A Federally Guaranteed Job in the Hour of Kale

Give a man kale, and he will eat for a day. Give a man a job growing kale, and he will eat for a lifetime.

Apolitical Descriptive Currency Analysis is Anything but Flamboyant…… in response to John Tamny

There have been quite a few hit pieces written on MMT aka Modern Monetary Theory in recent months. I assume much of this has to do with the meteoric rise of freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and her connection to MMT economists such as Stephanie Kelton and Pavlina Tcherneva. There are people amongst us that have either a philosophical or opportunistic need to stop the momentum that MMT has picked up in recent years. I recently read a truly egregious article by John Tamny published the 27th of January in Forbes titled, The Flamboyant Absurdity of 'Modern Monetary Theory'.

MMT Is No Joke - The Joke is How It’s Used

Bloomberg published an article by Michael Strain (director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank) on January 17 entitled "Modern Monetary Theory is a Joke That's Not Funny." As a convert from the "tax-and-spend" theory to MMT (Modern Monetary Theory), I believe there are some major misunderstandings in this article that deserve correction and deeper examination.

Savage Joy Meets Her Mate!

Joy welcomes journalist par excellence Aaron Mate to discuss his take on a variety of issues.

Real Progressives Behind the Scenes

We have had meetings now for months, and every week we would report progress and occasionally mention the bigger picture.  This time I asked each member to flip it around and make their focus the bigger picture.

But what can I actually do about election justice?

Cheerleading progressive favorites isn't enough to save the world, and neither is proclaiming that the system is hopelessly corrupt.

#NewDealOrNoDeal

A viable plan to repair our campaign finance issues so we can get necessary representation, then resolve our economy so we can use it.

Why Modern Monetary Theory is a Serious Idea for a Serious Time: A Response to James Pethokoukis

MMT is now being criticized by economic pundits, particularly from conservative think tanks.  This commentary is a rebuttal to one such article.

Why Modern Monetary Theory is a Serious Idea for a Serious Time: A Response to James Pethokoukis

Understanding how our economic system really operates can give us insight into how we turned ideas into a prosperous reality in the past, and how we can do so again in the future.  MMT is an area of economic study which looks at the overall economy rather than particular segments of the economy.  MMT has been in the news lately, having been thrust into the limelight by the 2016 U.S. Presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders, and the recent election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress.  MMT is now being criticized by economic pundits, particularly from conservative think tanks.  This commentary is a rebuttal to one such article.

Free Assange, Free My Job

Italian investigative journalist, Paolo Barnard, begins protesting for Julian Assange's freedom in front of the embassy of Ecuador, in London. On his website, we can read:

Italian Yellow Vests wants MMT

The movement of the Yellow Vests in Italy has officially adopted an MMT program.

Understanding MMT is Easier Than You Think

It's not 'advanced economics', it's 'realistic economics'.

Our Hearts Are Full

Too full for the powerful, not enough for the downtrodden.

The Name 'Progressive' - Its Proponents, Would-Be Usurpers, & Wannabe Exploiters

An examination of the several camps calling themselves "Progressive" in the US today