Why Deficits Hurt Banking Profits

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQmrg8cIjdQ Economist Michael Hudson takes on the mythology surrounding government budgets and explains how the term 'stability' has been used as a cover for financial fraud. SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. I am speaking with Michael Hudson in our studio in Baltimore about his new book, "J Is For Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in the Age of Deception". Thank you again for joining me. MICHAEL HUDSON: Good to be here. SHARMINI PERIES: So, Michael, one of the concepts that you deal with is about balancing the budget, the whole mythology surrounding that. That is your myth number 17, where you say, "Government budget deficits are bad. Balanced budgets are good. And budget surpluses ...

Focus on Capital Gains

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOk208Rvms8 J is for Junk Economics: Michael Hudson on TRNN (3/5) March 1, 2017, SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. In our studios today we have Michael Hudson, who’s written a new book called, J is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in the Age of Deception. All right, Michael, in this book -- and we’re now in segment three – we are going to talk about Trump’s plan to lower taxes. He has said that he would reduce corporate taxes from 35% to 15%. The 35% itself is a bit of a myth, because I don't think there are too many corporations out there who do pay the 35%. But he’s ...

Alluring Infrastructure Income

'J is for Junk Economics': Michael Hudson on TRNN (2/5), February 28, 2017. Trump's infrastructure plan will privatize all the benefits for the financiers and make sure that the population at large gets zero benefit from it while paying the costs, says economist Michael Hudson SHARMINI PERIES: Welcome back to The Real News Network. I'm speaking with Michael Hudson, the author of, J is for Junk Economics, a Guide to Reality in the Age of Deception. Don't miss it. We're going to be talking about this book, and some of the misleading concepts that are out there, in terms of economics, and understanding economics. Being able to talk about economic concepts with a bit more knowledge than we have, requires reading this book. ...

Euphemise to Conceal

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“J is for Junk Economics”: Michael Hudson on TRNN (1/5), February 27, 2017 Michael Hudson, author of the newly released J is for Junk Economics, says the media and academia use well-crafted euphemisms to conceal how the economy really works SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. J is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in the Age of Greed and Deception by Michael Hudson, that's the topic of our discussion today. Michael is joining us in our studio in Baltimore. Thanks for joining us, Michael. MICHAEL HUDSON: It’s really good to be back down here. SHARMINI PERIES: Michael Hudson is a distinguished research professor of economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He's the ...

Greek IMF Loan a Planned Obsolesence

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEKHMuvZ4yA SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. The latest economic indicator showed that the Greek economy shrank by 0.4% in the last three months of 2016. This poses a real problem for Greece, because its lenders are expecting it to grow by 3.5% annually, to enable it to pay back on its bailout loan. Greece is scheduled to make a 10.5 billion euro payment on its debt next summer, but is expected to be unable to make that payment, without another installment from its $86 billion bailout. A growing impasse between the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank, Greece's two main lenders, is threatening to push Greece into default, and pull out ...

Bad Lenders Make Bad Loans

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“IMF Lent to Greece Knowing It Could Never Pay Back Debt,” TRNN, February 17, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEKHMuvZ4yA There's a real need for international debtor rights, says economist Michael Hudson. SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. The latest economic indicator showed that the Greek economy shrank by 0.4% in the last three months of 2016. This poses a real problem for Greece, because its lenders are expecting it to grow by 3.5% annually, to enable it to pay back on its bailout loan. Greece is scheduled to make a 10.5 billion euro payment on its debt next summer, but is expected to be unable to make that payment, without another installment from its $86 billion bailout. A growing ...

Trump Infrastructure Plan = Developer Welfare

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SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. While protestors and police are clashing on the inaugural parade route in Washington, D.C., the newly sworn-in President of the United States is lunching with the establishment in Washington -- Some of the very people he called out in his inaugural address. Let's have a look. DONALD TRUMP: We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people. CROWD: (applause) DONALD TRUMP: For too long a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished but the people did ...

Golden Tongues

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Michael Hudson on the Orwellian Turn in Contemporary Economics, TRNN, November 17, 2016. Economist Michael Hudson sits down with Sharmini Peries to talk about the elections and his new book J is for Junk Economics [Out January 20, 2017). SHARMINI PERIES, TRNN: It’s the Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. Come January 20th Donald Trump is placed to take power in Washington D.C., and there’s one thing that everyone is wondering about is what kind of economic policies will he implement that we should really worry about it. Well there’s been one economist, Michael Hudson, who’s been thinking hard and taking a close look on the economics profession and how it misleads the general public in favor of ...

Innocuous Proclaimations

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This is a transcript from Meet the Renegades with economist Michael Hudson and interviewer Ross Ashcroft. You can watch the full interview with Michael here. Michael Hudson: I’m Michael Hudson. I’m a professor of economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and Peking University. My focus is on the distinction between the financial economy and the real economy at large. I treat the financial sector and debt as an economic overhead, so my focus is on how society can deal with the debt and to explain why society cannot recover from the current depression until it writes down the debts to what can be paid. Ross Ashcroft: Michael, we’re almost a decade on since 2008 and we sit here now in the ...