What I've Learned At Real Progressives

While we may disagree and probably are a little rough around the edges, we're also fiercely loyal, dedicated, and driven. We are a family. A family of people who learned to work, to strive, to dream, and to succeed or fail together. A family of people who answered a call.

US and UK Progressives Should Join Forces to Fight Neoliberalism

The political histories of the US and the UK have often mirrored each other; from Reagan and Thatcher to Clinton and Blair, and most recently, Trump and Brexit. Our two nations have often been complicit in the bad, and now too, it seems, in the good. Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have reignited the dormant progressive Left in both our countries and helped us identify a common enemy: Neoliberalism.

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.

Another Modest Proposal: The Future of Austerity Politics

The similarities of colonial Britain and the politics in American society today are brought to light by examining a centuries-old satirical essay, A Modest Proposal.

THE SHIFT: Understanding and Using America’s Fiat Money

The importance of this is not simply that the U.S. government no longer must keep enough gold in its vaults to back up its money supply. The importance lies in a profound conceptual shift about what money is—and how a modern, democratic society can use that new understanding to address public needs and pursue collective goals.

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.

No Trump, You Don't Get To Evoke FDR

It's been said that Trump's infrastructure plan has all the hallmarks of an FDR-era public works program. Here's why that's not true.

The Women’s March and its “Resistance”

Anyone who's been on social media during the past few days has been privy to the difference of opinions on the second annual Women’s March events which recently took place. There is a strong divide between those who think the marches are advantageous and those who view them as counter-productive to the women’s movement.

The Science of Progressivism: Human Nature, Pt. II

The way we are made shines light on how we should live. The way the natural world is made shines light on the world we should live in.

Discard the Fiction in the Coffin, Find the Real MLK

Thoughts on the sanctification of Martin Luther King   

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?’

The Plunder of the Golden Years

Senile Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other age related diseases are increasingly likely to touch all of us, from one side or another. ...And maybe from multiple sides.

The Truth About 'Printing Money'

Let's also clear up something that is really grating to the nerves.

MMT Works Today

So let's save the planet now instead of tearing down the system first!

How Progressives Can Win Big

Casting out the Spirit of Defeatism, One Keystroke at a Time

The Science of Progressivism: Human Nature, Pt. I

The way we are made shines light on how we should live. The way the natural world is made shines light on the world we should live in.

An Appeal to the Green Party about MMT

The Green Party want to extricate our society from the clutches of neoliberalism, yet their economic platform is riddled with infectious neoliberal catchphrases that tighten our chains.

Tax Reform? We're Having the Wrong Discussion

...We should be worrying about the public purpose, instead.

No Time to Waste

I am tired of dancing the sweet dance of privilege... It takes a truly privileged mindset to slow play saving the suffering from destitution. 

MMT is Reality

MMT, aka Modern Monetary Theory, however poorly the name works for you, is not a system that has to be implemented someday. It is a perfectly accurate description of how our currency works. It is a myth-busting destroyer of propaganda and myths. The establishment and the activist alike speak in lies from the tablecloth... MMT destroys those arguments by shining a light on the functional realities.

A Message to the Green Party National Committee and Howard Switzer Regarding Monetary Reality

Recently, the Green Party of Tennessee posted this and also the first reply (timestamped 12:38 PM) to a comment by Sylvia Saadati on that post. My message below is a critical reply to the main text of this comment, excluding the final portion about AMI. It breaks that paragraph up into its component statements for purposes of a more systematic critique. My conclusion is: whether private or public, neither a Fed bank, nor the Fed’s Board of Governors,  can deny the sovereign will of Congress as it is being implemented by the Treasury. It must create the necessary reserves in the Treasury spending account, whenever Congress mandates spending requiring those reserves, and Treasury pushes the right buttons to force the Fed to create them in its spending account.

Incarceration, INC.

Nobody should have a vested interest in anybody else's incarceration.

Identity and Politics: Building Bridges

One of the big buzzwords tossed around these days is identity politics. Something I’ve noticed is that these words essentially have two meanings and thus it can be an issue if someone discusses the topic while using one meaning but someone else is approaching it from the other side.

Where Safety Considerations Don't Matter; The Keystone XL Story

An explanation pre-decision on what will happen with the Keystone XL Pipeline, the danger present, and where people can go if they are interested in changing the circumstances. The Keystone XL Pipeline would be a ticking timebomb if built, so why are we considering it? MOPSA is the name.

When Votes Disappear

Until they outlaw public monitoring of vote totals completely, this is one of the few methods we have to isolate problems ourselves.