The Progressive Compass - Newsletter, August 2019
In the News
As news poured in during the shooting in El Paso, I looked at my girlfriend who has family in Texas, and we braced for the things we knew were coming. "Mexicans", "border", "illegals"... we knew those were coming because it's the new normal.
We have fewer than 60 days to tell Trump and the USDA to stop destroying our nation's safety nets. SNAP is an investment, not a burden. The United State is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and a major food producer. The US can certainly afford SNAP as a country and as a people; this is a fact. Let them know that we do not want three million more Americans starving by signing and sharing this petition and public comment form.
VIDEO - If both the unemployment rate and money growth don't cause inflation - and the people understand this - they will see through more of the lies and propaganda.
There is a way to have a caring economy - economists have been studying this for decades - yet most people don’t know about it. Invite friends to come learn how this is possible at this free public lecture at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall (Pittsburgh, PA). Click the link above to RSVP and get more details. Can’t attend in person? Watch the live stream of the event on Facebook at Real Progressives!
The 3rd International MMT Conference will be at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. This year's agenda includes "MMT and the Green New Deal," "Money, Race and Civil Rights," "Digital Money and the Future," and so much more. Real Progressives will be there in full force.
Knowledge Area Spotlight: Economic Justice
Real Progressives focuses on seven knowledge areas. This month we are spotlighting Economic Justice as it applies to the Green New Deal.
We cannot continue on our present path and expect the world to become a better place for our children. It is for this reason that we absolutely must solve our economic and environmental ills through the Green New Deal.
The Green Party must appeal to the working class if it expects to gain electoral success, but even that might not be enough to resolve their image problems.
VIDEO - Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, President of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, dispels various myths while explaining how we can pay for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and tuition-free college - without inflation.
MMT is the cornerstone of the Real Progressives movement. As such it is constantly under attack.
The Tribune recently published an article unequivocally titled "Against MMT." Here is part 2 of the response by Bill Mitchell and Thomas Fazi, leading proponents of Modern Monetary Theory, arguing that socialists should not be afraid to "seize the means of production of money."
Real Progressives Writer's Corner
Dispatch From the Trenches Part 1: Classism, Paternalism, Neoliberal Assault on the Poor, and UBI as the Deus Ex Machina
What does it mean to be a progressive? This article fleshes out the definition and how the label has been used - and misused - in politics.
The world can break free from the money matrix by understanding Modern Monetary Theory.
Real Progressives' Media Library
These are selections from Real Progressives' audio and video work, from our Macro n Cheese podcast to our various live streams and video interviews.
VIDEO - Nations use automatic stabilizers to avoid catastrophic economic changes. Food stamps are one of these hedges; it's one of the measures to keep the economy from tanking. At $1.39/meal, it helps keep some money moving into local economies (and incidentally helps people). If you haven't already, sign the petition and public comment form TODAY. Let's not allow 3 million more to starve while congress vote to raise the bloated military budget.
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