Latvia’s Economic Disaster as a Neoliberal Success Story: A Model for Europe and the US?

January 3, 2013
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by Jeffrey Sommers and Michael Hudson A generation ago the Chicago Boys and their financial supporters applauded General Pinochet’s anti-labor Chile as a success story, thanks mainly to its transformation of their Social Security into Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) that almost universally were looted by the employer grupos by the end of the...

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America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff

December 28, 2012
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How today’s fiscal austerity is reminiscent of World War I’s economic misunderstandings When World War I broke out in August 1914, economists on both sides forecast that hostilities could not last more than about six months. Wars had grown so expensive that governments quickly would run out of money. It seemed that if Germany...

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Finance Capitalism and its Discontents

December 22, 2012
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Finance Capitalism and its Discontents

NEW BOOK: This collection contains the most important interviews and speeches that Professor Michael Hudson, Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri (Kansas City), and president of the Institute for the Study of Long-term Economic Trends (ISLET) has given over the past decade (2003-2012). They span the political spectrum from COUNTERPUNCH.COM and...

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Reality economics

December 19, 2012
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A review of Norbert Häring and Niall Douglas, Economists and the Powerful (London: Anthem Press, 2012). “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” And if they would destroy economies, they first create a wealthy class on top, and let human nature do the rest. The acquisition of power soon leads to its...

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Austerity, Debt and Unelected Central Bankers

December 19, 2012
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Loans you shouldn’t pay back, violent partners, and who triumphs when Germany Banks & Greece go toe to toe. Seek truth from facts with former Chase banker Prof. Michael Hudson, Stockholm Syndrome theorist Dr. Carlos Encinas, anti-EU party boss Peter Mach, Greek Correspondent Nicolas Mottas and Financial Times Associate Editor Wolfgang Munchau.

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E Peshine Smith: A Study in Protectionist Growth Theory and American Sectionalism

December 4, 2012
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NY University, PhD, 1968, Michael Hudson Peshine Smith (1814 – 82) was probably the most sophisticated of the pre-Civil War protectionists. What he attempted was no less a task than to transform protectionist economic thought from a body of disparate and often self-contradictory parts into an integrated doctrine of economic growth, and to develop...

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Fiscal Cliff Trojan

November 25, 2012
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More at The Real News November 25, 2012 Fiscal Cliff An Artificial Crisis Michael Hudson: Fiscal cliff was manufactured to shift more of the burden of the crisis onto ordinary people. Transcript PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Baltimore. … Now we are going to...

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How Neoliberal Tax and Financial Policy Impoverishes Russia – Needlessly

November 23, 2012
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* A shorter version of this paper has been published in the Russian Academy of Sciences journal, Mir Peremen (The World of Transformations), 2012 (3):49-64 (in Russian). An earlier version was posted by the Global Policy Forum meeting in Yaroslavl, Russia, September 7-8, 2011, on its website. Russian poverty is unnecessary. Like all poverty...

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Obama Wins for whom?

November 9, 2012
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As published in Counterpunch The Democrats could not have won so handily without the Citizens United ruling. That is what enabled the Koch Brothers to spend their billions to support right-wing candidates that barked and growled like sheep dogs to give voters little civilized option but to vote for “the lesser evil.” This will...

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MH in the Classroom

November 5, 2012
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Michael Hudson’s talk at the joint seminar on “Modern Monetary Theory” and “Monetary Circuit Theory” held at the Fields Institute on Tuesday July 3rd. Outlining his model at Canada’s Fields Institute, the world’s leading mathematical institute. At the meeting with Steve Keen, Stephanie Kelton,Nathan Tankus et al.

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The Social Economics of Thorstein Veblen

October 24, 2012
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Book Review as published at the Economic History Association David Reisman, The Social Economics of Thorstein Veblen, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012, vii + 338 pp. $150 (hardcover), ISBN978-0-85793-218-1. Those who wish to understand the many and deep contributions of Thorstein Veblen to economics will find that this offering falls short of the mark. The...

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The Bubble and Beyond on Kindle

October 9, 2012
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After many hours of formatting (thankyou Lynn), the new book The Bubble and Beyond can now be purchased for $10 from Kindle. Enjoy! Sales so far have been very good. The book would be on its second print if we were selling it traditionally. The print on demand function we are using is very...

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The Inside Man

October 5, 2012
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The word is out: Treasury Secretary Geithner is the inside man for Wall St according to an explosive new book. The second half of this Keiser Report covers this latest machination in the world of financial crime. The interview has also been dubbed in Spanish. Thanks to Max & Stacy for all their investigative...

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Inner Econ Geek

October 1, 2012
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This interview with Profs. Hudson, Bill Black and Randy Wray at UMKC describes how the U.S. Financial sector has become criminalized, and describes how the economy will continue to shrink sharply after the November presidential election. Listen via here KCUR writes: Want to satisfy your inner econ geek? You’ve come to the right place....

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Financial Conquest or Clean State?

September 26, 2012
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This is an edited and expanded transcript from a live phone interview by Dimitris Yannopoulos for Athens News, September 2012. Dimitris Yannopoulos: As an academic with a strong grounding in economic history as well as banking and a Clean Slate, professor Michael Hudson has built his own school of thought – distanced from both...

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QE3 = Jobs for Wall St

September 25, 2012
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More at The Real News PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Baltimore. Ben Bernanke, the head of the Federal Reserve, announced a few days ago QE3, quantitative easing three, and now he says they’re going to continue to buy assets, multibillion dollars of purchases, until...

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Modern Money and Public Purpose

September 24, 2012
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Here is the recording of the presentation I gave at the Modern Money and Public Purpose seminar recently. My delivery begins at the 43 minute mark. I highly recommend Randy’s presentation beforehand. Moderator: William V. Harris, William R. Shepherd Professor of History and Director, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University Speaker 1: L....

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Surviving Progress transcript

September 24, 2012
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Below are the transcripts from the film Surviving Progress I was a part of. The film can be purchased here. Canada FILM group on PROGRESS 2010: The Road to Debt Serfdom Cinémaginaire, ASHOP (USA): Interview with Michael Hudson – Tapes #112-113-114 Theme: In the name of “progress,” the world is regressing to neoserfdom. Mainstream...

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Set Up To Fail

September 17, 2012
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Renegade Economists interview 05.09.2012 Interview with Professor Michael Hudson by Karl Fitzgerald Listen KF: We welcome to the show Professor Michael Hudson, Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the leading Post-Keynesian university in America. It’s been fantastic to see, Michael, that the public profile of UMKC has really taken off with...

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Incorporating the Rentier Sectors into a Financial Model

September 12, 2012
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Incorporating the Rentier Sectors into a Financial Model

by Dirk Bezemer and Michael Hudson As published in the World Economic Association’s World Economic Review Vol #1. ABSTRACT Current macroeconomics ignores the roles that rent, debt and the financial sector play in shaping our economy. We discuss the Classical view on rents and policy responses to the rentier sector in the 19th century....

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