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An interview on Renegade Inc with Ross Ashcroft. Ross: Michael, really good to have you back on Renegade Inc. Michael Hudson: It's good to be here. Ross: Can you just give us a snapshot into what you're seeing in New York? I know that you're in quarantine at the moment. You're holed up in your bunker. Just give us an idea of what it's like over there. Michael Hudson: Well, I'm in the epicentre of the epicentre, according to the governor of New York, I'm in Queens, in Forest Hills, right next to Elmhurst, where on television they're showing lines eight hours long in the rain of people trying to get tested for Corona virus in the Elmhurst public hospital. It's a disaster area there. They show the refrigerator truck ...

The Use and Abuse of MMT

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By Michael Hudson, with Dirk Bezemer, Steve Keen and T.Sabri Öncü Michael Hudson is a research professor of Economics at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. His latest book is “and forgive them their debts”: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year Dirk Bezemer is a Professor of Economics at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.. Steve Keen is a Professor and  Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategy, Resilience and Security of University College London (www.isrs.org.uk). He blogs at www.patreon.com/profstevekeen Sabri Öncü (sabri.oncu@gmail.com) is an economist based in İstanbul, Turkey Summary After being attacked by monetarists and others for many decades, MMT and the idea that running government budget deficit is stabilizing instead of destabilizing are suddenly gaining applause ...

NPR, cov-19 and “America is strapped”.

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Radio interview, NPR, April 2, 2020 What is the next step to prop up the virus-battered United States economy, even as the $2 trillion stimulus package only begins to percolate out? Well, Republicans and Democrats have returned to talking about a massive infrastructure building program that would employ lots of people. That would be a post-COVID-19 intervention. More immediately, some economists want more done to ease the debt owed by individuals, small businesses, cities, towns and states. Michael Hudson, a professor of economics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and president of the Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends, is one of those economists. “Right now, America’s economy is strapped,” said Hudson, author of “…and forgive them their debts.” “America could have another economic miracle by writing down the ...

Radical imagination and the intellectual edifice

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnHJBUczgE0 Radical Imagination | Imagining How the World of Finance Really Works Host Jim Vrettos interviews Professor Michael Hudson, Economist, Wall St. Analyst, Political Consultant, Commentator and Journalist; who offers his views in the way finance works and Welcome, welcome once again to the Radical imagination. I'm your host, Jim Vrettos. I'm a sociologist who's talked at John Jay College of Criminal justice and Yeshiva university here in New York. Our guest today, on the Radical Imagination, is one of only eight economists named by the financial times who foresaw the credit crisis and ensuing great recession erupting in 2008. It was conventional wisdom at the time to say that no one saw the gravity of the crisis coming, including almost every leading economist and financier in the world. In fact, many had ...

People’s Forum: Economic Lessons for 2020

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Economic Lessons for 2020: A Conversation with Dr. Michael Hudson Peoples Forum, December 12, 2019. https://youtu.be/nluLNA30e8k We are facing a crisis of poverty and economic precarity, where 140 million people are poor or low-income, the costs of living are going up and the chances of living are going down. What condition is our economy in today, more than ten years after the Great Recession of 2008, to withstand another economic downturn? What lessons have we learned – or failed to learn – over this past decade? What lessons can we draw from history to guide us in the months and years to come? On December 12, 2019, the Kairos Center hosted a talk at The People’s Forum in New York City with economist Dr. Michael Hudson on the 2008 economic crisis, what’s happened ...

Unpayable Corporate Debt: A Brady Bond Solution for America’s Economic Crisis

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Even before the Covid-19 crisis had slashed stock prices nearly in half since it erupted in January, financial markets were in an inherently unstable condition. Years of quantitative easing had loaded so much money into stock and bond prices that stock price/earnings multiples and bond prices were far too high by any normal and reasonable historical standards. Risk premiums have disappeared, with only a few basis points separating U.S. Treasury bills and corporate bonds. The Fed’s Quantitative Easing since 2008 plus large companies using their earnings for stock buybacks drove the prices of financial assets into a realm of unreality. The result was that markets already were teetering on the brink of fragility. Any rise of normal interest to more normal conditions, or any external shock, was bound to crash the ...

Debt and Power

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJBi7sfTZuY&feature=youtu.be Transcript, recorded 20th Match 2020 Martin: Today Debt and Power. I’m Martin North from Digital Finance Analytics. Welcome to our latest post covering finance and property news with a distinctively Australian flavour. Today it is my pleasure to introduce Michael Hudson, American Economist, Professor of Economics and author of “Killing the Host” and “and Forgive Them Their Debts”. In the current environment I think those are great titles. Michael welcome. You have been following the economy and the question of debt for quite some time and I’d like to start the discussion with a simple question: How much debt is too much debt? Michael: Too much debt is when it's beyond the ability to be paid. At a certain point every debt grows beyond the ability to be paid because of the magic of ...

Corona Debt Jubilee

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Cross posted from the Washington Post. Michael Hudson, author of “… and forgive them their debts” and “Killing the Host,” is president of the Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends and is distinguished research professor of economics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Even before the novel coronavirus appeared, many American families were falling behind on student loans, auto loans, credit cards and other payments. America’s debt overhead was pricing its labor and industry out of world markets. A debt crisis was inevitable eventually, but covid-19 has made it immediate. Massive social distancing, with its accompanying job losses, stock dives and huge bailouts to corporations, raises the threat of a depression. But it doesn’t have to be this way. History offers us another alternative in such situations: a debt ...

The Importance of Neighborhood Banks

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An interview with Ellen Brown on Its Our Money, Show #124 Michael Hudson: There's recognition that commercial banking has become dysfunctional and that most loans by commercial banks are either against assets – in which case the lending inflates the prices of real estate, stocks and bonds – or for corporate takeover loans. The economy’s low-income brackets have not been helped by today’s financial system. Here in New York City, red lining and a visceral class hatred by high finance toward the poor characterized the major banks. From the very top to the bottom, they were very clear they were not going to lend to places with racial minorities like the Lower East Side. The Chase Manhattan Bank told me that the reason was explicitly ethnic, and they didn't ...

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