An Autobiographical on Economic Rent and Exploitation

Settle in for this interview. Michael Hudson, Shepheard Walwyn recording May 23, 2022 Part one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDo7HykYN9k Part two here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-xWgLertkg Jonathan Brown Michael, welcome to the podcast. Michael Hudson It's good to be here. I'm looking forward to it. Jonathan Brown Michael, I think you have one the most extraordinary upbringings and journeys into economics. And I just wanted to give our listeners just some sense of how you got from being the godson of Leon Trotsky all the way to what I consider to be probably the most important economist in the world today. Michael Hudson 00:23 There’s no direct causality there that could have been anticipated. I never studied economics in college, because I went to school at the University of Chicago. We know that there were some students at the university who were at that business school. ...

The Economics of Reality: How Finance Dominates Production and Rents Overshadow Profits

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The Economics of the Future Wagner's Music of the Future - his "total art work" - sought to integrate music and drama (along with art, dance and poetry). In a similarly broad way, the economics of the future will integrate finance and production, thereby restoring the lost link (as drama had been lost to most operatic music in Wagner's day). Therefore, the economics of the future will pick up the thread where it was broken off in the 1870s. While many social sciences extended themselves to include physical science, technology and history, academic economics underwent its Great Narrowing. In an epoch of unparalleled social transformations, economics became marginalist rather than dealing with structural change. As politics was becoming radical, marginalism and its mathematics espoused the status quo implicitly, by not discussing the ...

The Rentier Economy is a Free Lunch

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The Real Progressives Live with Michael Hudson on The Destiny of Civilization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD_UcRtljDU Luke Parcher: All right. For those who might not know me, I'm Luke Parcher, I'm a student and activist. I volunteer with Real Progressives. I'm on our leadership team and I also do a show on Sundays covering politics and current events, and I do some interviews throughout the week and things which you guys can find on Real Progress in Action. I want to quickly talk about Real Progressives. If you're interested in learning more about us, you can go to realprogressives.org. We have articles, content, podcasts, all sorts of things. And if you're interested in helping us out, we are a nonprofit. You can go to realprogressives.org/donate. I also want to plug our founder and ...

Escaping the Western Rentier

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Cross-posted from Pepe Escobar's The Cradle. It is impossible to track the geoeconomic turbulence inherent to the “birth pangs” of the multipolar world without the insights of Professor Michael Hudson at the University of Missouri, and author of the already seminal The Destiny of Civilization. In his latest essay, Professor Hudson digs deeper into Germany’s suicidal economic/financial policies; their effect on the already falling euro – and hints at some possibilities for fast integrating Eurasia and the Global South as a whole to try to break the Hegemon’s stranglehold. That led to a series of email exchanges, especially about the future role of the yuan, where Hudson remarked: “The Chinese whom I’ve talked to for years and years did not expect the dollar to weaken. They’re not crying about its rise, but they are ...

Counterpunch to Economic History

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CounterPunch Radio – _July 15, 2022 – Michael Hudson ERIC DRAITSER: Hello and welcome to CounterPunch Radio. My name is Eric Draitser, thanks so much for tuning in, and coming back to the show. First-time listeners finding the show, welcome aboard. Thank you so much, we really appreciate your support. If you want to support CounterPunch, the best way to do that is to get a subscription to CounterPunch Plus, that way you get access to all of our exclusive content. Remember folks, this is basically the print magazine, now online. We have discontinued the print magazine and taken even more content, but it behind a little paywall just like everybody else is doing these days and it's there for you. CounterPunch is unlike any other space on the left ...

From Junk Economics to a False View of History: Where Western Civilization Took a Wrong Turn

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A presentation to the Building bridges around David Graeber's legacy conference, Paris, Friday July 7, 2022 It may seem strange to invite an economist to give a keynote speech to a conference of the social sciences. Economists have been characterized as autistic and anti-social in the popular press for good reason. They are trained to think abstractly and use a priori deduction – based on how they think societies should develop. Today’s mainstream economists look at neoliberal privatization and free-market ideals as leading society’s income and wealth to settle at an optimum equilibrium without any need for government regulation – especially not of credit and debt. The only role acknowledged for government is to enforce the “sanctity of contracts” and “security of property.” By this they mean the enforcement of debt ...

Inflation – A Junk Economics Perspective

First shared via our Patreon page, where some were interested in sharing this around. The support on Patreon is really appreciated and the community we are building there is solid. Our next Q&A session for Patron plus supporters is set for June. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDwOpAtnXLc Transcript from 'Inflation 2022' - A Zoom panel, organised by the International Manifesto Group. I want to talk about what inflation is not – but what the neoliberal economic mainstream wants to blame it on: on labor, on government social spending, and of course on Russia seeking to break away from America’s unipolar international economic order. Inflation is the excuse that right-wing governments have for trying to lower wage levels by blaming the inflation in rising wages. Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker raised interest rates to 20% in 1980 to cause ...

Finance Capitalism versus Industrial Capitalism: The Rentier Resurgence and Takeover

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Published by Sage Journals Abstract Marx and many of his less radical contemporary reformers saw the historical role of industrial capitalism as being to clear away the legacy of feudalism—the landlords, bankers, and monopolists extracting economic rent without producing real value. However, that reform movement failed. Today, the finance, insurance, and real estate (FIRE) sector has regained control of government, creating neo-rentier economies. The aim of this postindustrial finance capitalism is the opposite of industrial capitalism as known to nineteenth-century economists: it seeks wealth primarily through the extraction of economic rent, not industrial capital formation. Tax favoritism for real estate, privatization of oil and mineral extraction, and banking and infrastructure monopolies add to the cost of living and doing business. Labor is increasingly exploited by bank debt, student debt, and credit card ...