MMT Detractors are the Ones Who are Flirting With Disaster

Do not forgive them, for they know just exactly what they do.

Sex, Celebrity and the Inconvenience of Poverty

As activist battle over women's right to autonomy and ending abortion via the “Heartbeat Bill’, there are millions of people being forgotten and much more at stake than meets the eye.

How to Spot a Neoliberal Using MMT

Modern Monetary Theory destroys cheap disguises.

What is the Difference Between Microeconomics and Macroeconomics?

If you have never had a course in economics, congratulations!  You just may have saved yourself a lot of confusion, and loss in grade points.  However, you may feel a lack of some understanding of ongoing events, and how those events have affected your life.  Real Progressives is about gaining knowledge in the important area of economics so that we can protect ourselves within a system that uses our lack of wisdom against us in numerous ways.  This article will start with the most basic concepts within economics in order to start you on the path to attaining that wisdom.

What Is Money?

What is money? Money is a tool we use to allocate resources in a society. Money serves multiple purposes, but from the perspective of government, which is the issuer of money, the purpose is to provide for the needs of government. Money is both a type of currency and a measure of value. There are no “natural” forms of currency (money things), including silver or gold. Any object can serve as a form of money, from rocks and sticks to cigarettes and gum, or from paper bills and coins to electronic records and coupons. What lies beyond the currency is the willingness of others to accept that form of currency.

An Interview with Rohan Grey - Part 1

Learning MMT and “grokking” it colors your economic, political, and social world view. You can then imagine how the law can be used to improve society.

Taxes

Short poem on taxes and MMT. Learn the truth!

Rent Control Fight Prompts Coalition Action in Illinois

Residents are pushing to repeal Illinois’ Rent Control Preemption Act , a current law that prohibits discussions or studies to proceed on behalf of the state or local government agencies that would facilitate a discussion between voters for the possibility of establishing rent control measures.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

#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

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

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.

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.

We Want Rakes

To clean up the mess created in Washington by Austerity.

The 40 Year Slide

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.