Our Hearts Are Full

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

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.

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.

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

The New 'Queer' Scare

I remember in middle school and high school, the worst thing they could accuse you was being 'queer' and the kids were merciless in the bullying if they felt you were weak, sensitive, nerdy or outside the cool kids' clique. Even your friends were paralyzed in fear of being labeled that way.

A Christian Take on Progressivism

As we know, the Christian Right has a conservative bias when it comes to politics. That bias does not often line up with the words of Jesus Christ. As an evangelical Christian that is also a progressive, I want to show how the progressive movement does follow the path that Jesus set for us.

Progressives #Insist, Liberals only #Resist

There's a big difference in philosophy between progressives and 'liberals'. Liberals prefer to 'resist'. That only means fighting against something 'aka' push back. As progressives, we prefer to #Insist. That means we are actually fighting for something

Justice For All

Once it appeared that Judge Kavanaugh had lied in his earlier testimony about his involvement in various political hi-jinx, including spying on Democrats and supporting torture for the George W. Bush administration were going to be ignored by Republicans who view any act that does not hinder their reach for total political authority as irrelevant.  

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.

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

Vote For the Candidates You Want

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

Bernie Sanders Has a Major Problem

Yes, Bernie has a major problem: his most loyal followers.

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.

Why I Call Myself a Real Progressive

I have a desire to improve the world by seeking better solutions to its problems, to create equity and agency among all human beings outside of ideology, and to do so ceaselessly without yielding my own analysis. This desire makes me not only glad to accept the label of progressive, but to proudly claim that I am in actuality a Real Progressive.

Why Your New Year's Resolution Should Be To Learn MMT

In 2018, for the sake of your family, your friends’ families and for every American family facing financial hardships, make your new New Year’s resolution to learn about the reality of our nation’s economic system, to learn MMT, and when you’ve done that, teach someone else what you’ve learned. Together we can spread this knowledge and save lives by answering that age-old progressive agenda-killing question: ‘how are we going to pay for it?’

Rage Against Austerity

I woke today with an inner rage that can only come from experience and knowledge.   This winter, hundreds of thousands of Americans will be on the streets homeless, without food, shelter or heat.   Families will break up from financial distress. Kids will be dealing with life insecurities, bullies who capitalize on weakness and observers will judge "misbehavior" versus dig deeper for the real root causes.   45,000 suicides from joblessness will occur and many more will unsuccessfully try to take their lives in despair.   Millions will suffer from food insecurity or poor nutrition because of financial destitution, austerity and  Calvinism.   Millions will die from pollution and the environmental destruction from contaminated drinking water. Airborne illnesses from air pollution will kill or severely damage their lungs as well.   Hundreds of thousands of minorities, vulnerable from years of systemic and envrionmental racism will die attempting to survive by living in alternative economies from unregulated prostitution to slinging drugs and gang related violence.   Many women will suffer the effects of rape and be forced to self-medicate, have unsafe, unregulated procedures and even commit suicide from a lack of available,  affordable services.   Millions of individuals suffering from mental illness will go untreated, commit suicide, commit murders, destroy families and end up in jail as opposed to a medical facility...   All because the people are more worried about the tone of activists sharing the econonic truths to fix all of the above... tone policing.    And ultimately because of austerity. Cutting federal spending. Tax cuts for the rich and not Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, free college for all, a Federal Job Guarantee,  Green Energy and an overall dereliction of duty to serve the people by our "elected representatives". Voters are easily distracted and politicians gleeful of our short memories.   #LearnMMT #FuckAusterity #GetSmart #RiggedElections #ShortSightedness #DNC #TaxScamBill

My First Step to Recovery

…understanding you can only control your life.