Europe’s Loss is America’s Gain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwht64COz2Q RADHIKA DESAI: Hello and welcome to the 23rd Geopolitical Economy Hour, the show that examines the fast-changing political and geopolitical economy of our time. I'm Radhika Desai. MICHAEL HUDSON: And I'm Michael Hudson. RADHIKA DESAI: And working behind the scenes to bring you this show every fortnight are our host, Ben Norton; our videographer, Paul Graham; and our transcriber, Zach Weisser. 2024 is being billed as the greatest election year in history. More than 50 countries are going to the polls, that's 7 out of its 10 most populous countries, with a combined population of 4.2 billion, that is more than half the world's 8 billion population. Among these, for good or ill, one might add, the US election will be the most consequential, deciding life and death questions such as how much ...

New School University Race to the Bottom

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I found a story in Saturday’s New York Times that I think epitomizes the crapification of higher education in the United States. It concerns the New School, where I taught at the graduate faculty from 1969 to 1972 (when it was still called the New School for Social Research). Sharon Otterman, “Facing Budget Troubles, Some Colleges Look to Sell the President’s House,” The New York Times, February 16, 2024. The New School wants to sell its presidential residence in Manhattan for $20 million. It joins other small colleges that are turning to their real estate to help them through budget troubles. The president of the New School in Manhattan is about to lose an extraordinary perk: a five-story West Village townhouse that for decades has served as the university head’s official residence. The school, ...

Pathways to Solutions

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Economic solutions: How to go from financialized neoliberalism to a productive, sustainable economy. Geopolitical Hour 22, February 9, 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2HTc8yA4mI RADHIKA DESAI: Hello and welcome to the 22nd Geopolitical Economy Hour, the show that examines the fast-changing political and geopolitical economy of our times. I'm Radhika Desai. MICHAEL HUDSON: I'm Michael Hudson. RADHIKA DESAI: And working behind the scenes to bring you this show every fortnight are our host, Ben Norton, our videographer, Paul Graham, and our transcriber, Zach Weisser. We all urge you to click the Like button, if you like what we are doing, share it on social media, and subscribe to our work by hitting the Subscribe button. In our last show, which we entitled "The Debt Explosion, How Neoliberalism Fuels the Debt Crisis", we promised that our next show would be about ...

Efficiency is Hilarious

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Dialogue Works, January 18, 2024. First part: https://youtu.be/ifnCakYJNVM or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifnCakYJNVM Second part: https://youtu.be/LAagE-7BLN4, Dialogue works (Nima): when it comes to capitalism, they're talking about that capitalism is by far the most effective and productive economic system. Ohio Senator, James Vance, just recently said that Russia produces as much ammunition in a day as the U.S. does in a month. what's the problem with the U.S. economy that they're not capable of producing enough ammunition to help Ukraine? Richard D. Wolff: Well, let me begin with a comment. I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that the spokespersons for every economic system in the history of the world have included people who say that whatever system they are, the spokesperson of is the best and the most efficient and the most equitable and the most ...