Inflation and Illegal Repo Loans

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Economist Michael Hudson explains inflation crisis and Fed's secretive $4.5 trillion bank bailout. Economist Michael Hudson discusses the global inflation crisis and how the US Federal Reserve quietly (and apparently illegally) bailed out big banks in 2019 with $4.5 trillion of emergency repo loans. TRANSCRIPT BENJAMIN NORTON: Hey, everyone. This is Ben Norton, and I'm joined by a friend of the show, one of our favorite guests, Michael Hudson, the economist. His reputation precedes him; many of you probably know him. You can go to michael-hudson.com and check out his excellent articles and his books. We had him on a few months ago to talk about the new, third edition of his book “Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire.” And today we're going to talk about the inflation crisis around the world. In ...

On Debt Parasites

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We're told that debt forgiveness is impossible, because all debts must be paid, and to do the opposite is to invite anarchy and chaos. But what if none of it was true? Renowned economist Michael Hudson tells Branko Marcetic on New Zealand's 1/200 podcast about the debt jubilees of the ancient world, how Jesus preached debt forgiveness, and how the finance sector has become a parasite feeding off the productive parts of the economy. Transcript Okay, welcome everyone to another episode of 1 of 200, the New Zealand and international politics podcast. I am very excited about today's episode, we have a brilliant guest. His name is Michael Hudson. He is an economist. He is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri Kansas City, and a research associate at the ...

WAPE 2021 Outline

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For the 15th World Association for Political Economy conference. 50 years ago at the New School in New York City, I taught national income accounting, using as my textbook Marx’s Theories of Surplus Value. That actually was the first history of economic thought, tracing the evolution of classical value theory. The main aim of this doctrine was to isolate economic rent as unearned income. Rent was the excess of market price over cost-value: R = P – V. Volumes II and III of Marx’s Theories of Surplus Value – and also of Capital – deal with land rent owed to Europe’s landlord class as the most important unearned income, and with interest and usury charged by the banks for their privilege of creating credit. Rent was what “landlords collected in their sleep” without working, ...