The Danger of Hope

You can sell the hope and boundless possibilities that come with understanding Modern Money or you can focus on the evils and death of neoliberalism. Both are equally true and both are equally necessary to understand and communicate.    I hate spending all my time having to slam the devils of neoliberalism but the issue is most don't understand that they themselves are accidental neoliberals and therefore part of the problem.   I hate having to force the mirror to come out and bite them. But the mirror stares back hard.    It is why folks can long for polite neoliberals instead of fighting for actual progressives who say and want the same things. They are too busy being distracted by the spectre of Donald Trump to see the evil in their own midst.    Evil is evil regardless of whether they have a (D) or (R) next to their name.   But hope is tricky.   People are conditioned to be cynical. They confuse cynicism for being "woke". Hope is a bridge too far for many. The idea that we can have nice things has almost been socialized out of their consciousness.   Hope is scary.   Hope is dangerous.   Hope can cause extreme joy and a positive mental attitude or it can cause the pain to intensify should the hope prove to he a let down.   But without hope, what is the point?   To me, the only real and actionable way to have hope is to #LearnMMT.

Tone Policing Must Stop, NOW!

Our lives depend on actual change, no matter whom the message might offend.

An MMT Tutorial That Covers The Basics

This MMT tutorial provides short answers to several questions, such as: What is money? Where does it come from? Can the government go broke? What is the national debt? What are taxes for? Why not have a balanced budget? What happened to Greece and Zimbabwe? And, why should I learn MMT?

What's Wrong With The Green Party?

Something that has been around for 34 years without threatening the duopoly is something that the duopoly is happy to see exist, because it only serves to sheepherd angry progressives into a vehicle for failure. The Green Party needs to appeal to the working class if it's to gain any electoral success, but even that might be insufficient to resolve their profound image problems. There might be a better option.

Monuments of Full Employment

Implementing a Federal Jobs Guarantee, along with a Green New Deal, and increased spending on our infrastructure, we can start to rebuild a middle class that has been languishing for

The “petrodollar” has no bearing on any country’s ability to fully employ its people.

"As far as what specifically would happen if the world stopped using the United States dollar for oil? The answer is, “Very little.””

Work Together to Understand and Build

Don't let narratives by others dissuade our shared purpose.

Regarding Sen McCain

...Honor the man but not what policies he represented

Truth Above Party

Nothing gets done until we all understand macroeconomic reality.

The End of the Duopoly is Nigh

Fooling the masses will not be the key for victory for the Establishment.

MMT and The Deficit Debate

People often dismiss economic conversations assuming they understand the basics. The government collects taxes, spends that money and then some, causing deficits.  Then, the Government borrows money to cover the deficit...

Meghan McCain Knows Nothing About Social Democracy or Democratic Socialism

In a nutshell, Ms. McCain lost her mind after fellow co-host Sunny Hostin read aloud the platform to the ladies. Joy Behar in a rare moment of honesty calmly corrected McCain on the talking points of Venezuela. "I think she's talking about the Scandinavian countries," Joy said to McCain after McCain kept comparing socialism to Venezuela.   

The Explicable Mystery of the National Debt

America's current "national debt" is tallied to be $21.5 trillion. When politicians and economic pundits talk (worry, fret, wring their hands, gnash their teeth) about this "debt" they implicitly assume—along with their listeners, readers, and potential voters—that this fantastic sum will eventually have to be paid back. That's what happens with debts, right? Someone calls them due!

Existential Voting Booth - A Slam Poem

A slam poem describing the angst of a Real Progressive

Vote For the Candidates You Want

An explanation of Approval Voting, a better choice to enhance democracy and eliminate strategic voting.

Through The Distortion, Flickerings of Illumination

As these examples show, our overseas mass killers, the military, provide the U.S. persona with an edgy chaos that's psychopathically hip in a Training Day meets Apocalypse Now sort of way.

Stop Using The Term 'Printing Money'

It's just a way to give the establishment the tool it needs to stop progress.

MMT Cures Cult addiction

MMT will not make racism and xenophobia go away and there will still be a need to understand that Black Lives Matter.  But still, it will be as big of step in the right direction that the gains made in the 1960’s were. 

Gay American History pt. III

Lesbian voices in American History are often faint, sometimes distorted, but always present.

Each One Teach (at least) One

... my message was not getting through.  Telling people point blank that taxes do not fund spending always leads to a change in subject.  It always leads away from what is so very important about MMT. Which is that MMT describes how macroeconomics operates in the modern world. 

How the Elite Stole MMT

When we talk about MMT, we almost invariably hear at least one person who argues that their tax money does in fact fund federal spending, and that we're crazy for peddling this nonsense. The conversation then turns to the 2018 national defense budget. That's a good place for it to go.

Blind Hatred for Trump is Breaking the Left, not building It

This piece argues that a peace deal is worth supporting and that opponents to the agreement will further isolate the progressive base which is made up of anti-war activists and progressives who want to secure peace at the Korean peninsula. This article matters because if the Left wants to secure victories in upcoming elections, taking note of how this will ffect progressives is imperative. Plus, a future of peace is always an urgent matter. 

The Five Stages of Money (and why we're stuck at stage 4)

Given the pressing needs America and the world now face, which profit-making enterprise has no interest in addressing, the time for Stage 5 money is at hand. We have it in our grasp. The question is: when we will see what it is and how to use it?

We the People or What is a Progressive

Reading it, the intention of the preamble is pretty clear, it is America’s mission statement.  It stands separate from the details of the Constitution and establishes a set of standards for the United States.

Hanging From a Cliff

An analogy explaining the folly of not understanding there is plenty of policy space federally