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"Economic and Fiscal Functionality through the Lens of Socializing Movements" by Tadit Anderson

The probability of demonstrating the democratic functionality of MMT/ff economic and fiscal policies in an academic or literate fashion to persuade politicians toward a conversion experience is unlikely. Even with our best communicators speaking in a mass media context or other public forums there are various other factors that need to be examined, such as learning styles and self interest. Even if the analysis is right and validated by history the politicians will act upon the net amount of political influence supporting one set of policy priorities over another set of interests.

It’s the System Stupid !! Structural Crises and the Need for Alternatives to Capitalism, Hans Despain

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, The Guardian announced Queen Elizabeth finally received an answer to her question—“Did nobody see this coming?”—about the 2008 financial crisis.1 While she was touring the Bank of England, Sujit Kapadia, one of the bank’s economists, informed Her Majesty that financial crises are a bit like earthquakes and flu pandemics: rare and difficult to predict. An impressive answer indeed. Brilliant for its vagueness, spuriousness, and obtuseness.

Deflation: The Failed Macroeconomic Paradigm Plumbs New Depths of Self-Parody, by William Black NEP, UMKC

Patient bleeding out? Don’t treat the bleed; keep the crash cart nearby

Imagine you were a doctor in the ER when a patient was brought in presenting symptoms indicating a likely internal bleed. Here are the two critical questions you face.
Would you (a) find and stop the bleed or (b) wheel the patient off to a “recovery” room with instructions to alert the crash cart to be ready to try to revive the patient should he go into cardiac arrest due to the continued, untreated bleed?

Interview by Bill Moyer of Yves Smith and Dean Baker.

The video seems to be the whole interview. It is worth a couple of years of economics coursework under a ordinary US university, imo.

Audio of Michael Hudson, Political Economist

This link is to a fabulous rant/interview of Michael Hudson. I make this comment with my great respect. It is something that I've benefited from listening to multiple times. Overall it is a great peripatetic lecture. Lots of solid economic history.

A Video history of The Spanish Civil War

A video history of the Spanish Civil War, which was effectively the beginning of World War Two, sometimes described as a war against fascism. More accurately it was a war of different varieties of nationalist and corporatist fascism. It was also used as a proving ground for industrial warfare to be used during the wider European and Asian conflicts.

The Original Terrorists By Amiri Baraka

The terrorists have been here a long time.
The ones who took the slaves
The ones who ran and underbossed the plantations.
Especially those who made money from them.
They still at it. They never stopped.

These old guard terrorists.
And they still at it.
Still terrorizing.

When slavery was sposed to be ended,
they thought up the Klan
The Knights of the white Camelia!
When we was sposed to get reparations
They got Andrew Johnson a barefoot white man to stop it.

Every time we take a step these terrorists appear.
They ain’t never gone no where

Bill Moyers: On the Sabotage of democracy.

Bill Moyers does his typical good job on this commentary.

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