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, with a discussion of the hsitory involved in how they came to be and the distinctions between them.

A Federal Jobs Guarantee is Crucial For Progressive Policies

Having a FJG waiting in the wings for people who are impacted by any of these disruptions in our economy, however well-intended, is crucial.

They Are Competition, Not Opposition

Republicans and Democrats aren't actually fighting each other, they are fighting for the same dollars!

We Want Rakes

To clean up the mess created in Washington by Austerity.

The 40 Year Slide

For 40 plus years, the neoliberal era has reigned. During that time, people have had little by way of resistance from the lies, deceit and self imposed prisons of ineffectual domestic governance and austerity. The lies were baked into the school system, newspapers, sit coms, political debates even cartoons took the ideas of neoliberalism into the hearts and minds of our children...the people.

The Abuse of Ruth

Liberals shouldn't force a justice to do the job they should do themselves.

Managed Expectations

Remember when Martin Luther King Jr. urged the disenfranchised, 15% of the population, to relax and leave their aspirations for equality in the hands of the Democratic party leaders?  Remember the speech he gave at Hunter College on Human Rights day? Remember the line, “Let my people go, but only a few at a time because covering all at once is too idealistic and impractical? Neither does anyone else. It was all or nothing and it was already 178 years overdue.

Be Careful What You Clap For

All wins aren't actually wins for progressives, especially when policy isn't the most important thing involved.

Onward Christian Soldiers

Something is stirring in the “Heartland”. Perhaps the finger of God. A Christian movement is taking place and growing. A rallying of Christian soldiers marching as to war. To be clear, the intent is spiritual. A pacifist movement. It’s focus is on re-establishing the basics of that great Religion. Not with swords but with a plowshare and seeds of faith and hope. This is not a tent revival stuffed with emotional sermons. These are true believers, Invested in the concept that God’s message is best conveyed through peace and example. Walking the walk, they are instruments displaying to the world the power of faith, not only in the Almighty but in the values which shaped America.

Wednesday November 7 --- And What Comes Next

Here we are. And, though disappointed, I'm not necessarily surprised. Why you ask? Well, it's not altogether different from 2016. And in some ways similar to other elections as far back as 2000.

Democrats, Did It?

Well, the Democrats pulled off the impossible: they managed to win back the House. A feat accomplished against the underwhelming odds of this normally happening. Since 1960, the average loss for a sitting President’s party is twenty-two seats. Sometimes that tips it. Sometimes it doesn't. We now have a blue puddle lying on the floor of Congress. I have a feeling it’s going to rest on this win and just lay there cranking out prewritten legislation full of poison pills to create the appearance of activity. Someone, please stand at the ready to call Anthony Weiner for a clean up on aisle left.

Blue Wave 2018?

The election results from last night were somewhat startling: Democrats took the House while the GOP strengthened their lead in the Senate and held onto key governorships. I believe that much of the inconsistencies result from the divided nature of our nation.

The Environmental Impacts of Fracking in the United States

Fracking is completely safe, right? Our oil and gas companies, the media, and even the government agencies designated to protect us have led us to believe the process is safe. But is it?

The Many Market Failures of Health Care

There are obvious reasons from a noneconomic standpoint why we should have some sort of universal health care system in the U.S.  There are also good reasons from a macroeconomic standpoint, primarily that there are significant administrative cost savings.  While microconomic arguments are often used to justify a privatized health care system, this not correct.  Market failures abound in this sector, and honest assessments recognize their existence.

How the IMF sows the seeds of Global Neoliberalism

...And how it nearly killed universal healthcare in Thailand.

Sorry About Hurt Feelings of Non-MMT Economists

Dear non-MMT economists, I’m sorry that your feelings are getting hurt lately.  I know you think all MMT advocates act and speak as one, so here, let me treat you all as one entity and tell you on behalf of all of us, why sometimes we might come across a bit testy.   We study, we learn, the clock is ticking. We lose our jobs, our standard of living declines, our public services are deliberately underfunded to the point of collapse and those least able to fend for themselves in our communities suffer and die.   Year on year, the vulnerable suffer and die because of some numbers on a spreadsheet at a central bank, and the way you talk about them.  No-one is paying us to learn. No one is paying us a nice salary to unquestioningly repeat orthodoxies, or we’d all be calm like you.   Some of us aren’t getting paid for anything anymore, no matter what we do. (And you know that’s a policy choice, right? There’s no unemployment in nature? Monetary systems create unemployment. Of course, you know that. You guys are smart. You know everything.)   We study, we learn, we search for answers. While one group of politicians destroys our society, another group of politicians waits in opposition (armed with the same economic framework as our antagonists - the one you keep handing them) to do the same thing in a “kinder” way.   Politicians are ripping out the backbone of our civilisation. Because of debt. Because insolvency. Because of inflation. Because of the Phillips curve. Because “the government is like a household +has to balance its books”. Politicians do destructive things because you gave them permission.   Then we discover the work of Warren Mosler, Bill Mitchell, L. Randall Wray, Stephanie Kelton, Pavlina Tcherneva, Steven Hail, Ellis Winningham... Economists who are actually bothered about changing public consciousness around economics.  Because it’s a matter of life and death.   We learn MMT. We learn that monetarily sovereign governments can never “run out of money” - the very fallacy that policies of austerity were founded on, which persist to this day.   We come to you and call you out on your complicity with orthodoxy. Your response to MMT: “Oh yeah, what you’re saying is nothing new, we knew this all along...” Oh did you? Our response to you is:  Where.  The.  Fuck.  Were.  You?   Because we looked, and we found bullshit, and then we found MMT. You guys must’ve been writing your MMT columns so they looked like bullshit. Sorry for not picking up on that.   Our political systems are falling prey to right-wing demagogues who promise a new way forward, women and minorities suffer and die in this new political climate - in large part because all you have for the would-be progressive community is TINA.   Anyway, if you’re insulted, get used to it. Welcome to the world of people noticing what you do and the effect it has, and holding you accountable. Thanks for everything, but if the accountability and emotion are getting to you, and you don’t feel like you can write another word ever again, never mind, I guarantee the world will do just fine. Yours, All Of MMT xx

Just (Don't) Do It

A short piece of prose regarding the usurping of our democracy

Savage Joy Interviews Sarah Smith, Candidate For US Congress Dist 9 WA

Joy and Sarah discuss the slate of strong progressive candidates currently running, and the prospects for 2020. Holding politicians to account after the election is an important part of staying politically active and protecting the progressive agenda. Campaign finance is the most important issue.

Steven Grumbine Interviews Steven Hail, Australian Economist

Steve welcomes Steven Hail to discuss the results of the IPPC report. The report findings are very discouraging, showing significant changes in the climate with warming at 2 degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial carbon levels. We are currently 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial carbon levels.