The Lehman 10th Anniversary spin as a Teachable Moment

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Wall Street did not let the Lehman Brothers crisis go to waste. The banks that have paid the largest fines for financial fraud are now much bigger and more profitable. The victims of their junk mortgage loans are poorer, and the economy is facing debt deflation. Was it worth it? What was not saved was the economy. Today’s financial malaise for pension funds, state and local budgets and underemployment is largely a result of the 2008 bailout, not the crash. What was saved was not only the banks – or more to the point, as Sheila Bair pointed out, their bondholders – but the financial overhead that continues to burden today’s economy. Also saved was the idea that the economy needs to keep the financial sector solvent by an exponential growth of new ...

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…and forgive them their debts

I'm very excited to announce that my next book, ...and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption — From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year (ISLET-Verlag Dresden), is available SOON! UPDATE 3 December 2018 - Although …and forgive them their debts is not yet available in the USA on Amazon (ignore the expensive third-party speculator offers), it will be in the near future. Due to the holiday rush, no dates are available. We advise putting the book in your wish list on Amazon, or ordering it at your local bookstore. Thank you! You can learn more about the book below. Michael Copy for book description and advance praise: ...and forgive them their debts Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year In ...and forgive them their debts, renowned professor of ...

Life & Thought: An Autobiography

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This interview was conducted at Peking University for the Second World Conference, May 7, 2018. It was conducted by Lau Kin Chi of the Global University for Sustainability. A visual transcription is available here. I was born in Minneapolis, which is the only city in the world that was a Trotskyist city. During the 1930s it was a center of Trotskyism and my parents worked with Leon Trotsky in Mexico. When I was 3 years old my father was put in jail under the Smith Act as a political prisoner for having the works of Lenin and Marx on his shelves and for being one of the leaders of the Minneapolis general strikes from 1934 to 1936. So I grew up knowing many members of the Russian Revolution, ...

The “Next” Financial Crisis and Public Banking as the Response

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Introduction and Transcript: In this episode of The Hudson Report, we speak with Michael Hudson about the implications of the flattening yield curve, the possibility of another global financial crisis, and public banking as an alternative to the current system. Paul Sliker: Michael Hudson welcome back to another episode of The Hudson Report. Michael Hudson: It's good to be here again. Paul Sliker: So, Michael, over the past few months the IMF has been sending warning signals about the state of the global economy. There are a bunch of different macroeconomic developments that signal we could be entering into another crisis or recession in the near future. One of those elements is the yield curve, which shows the difference between short-term and long-term borrowing rates. Investors and financial pundits of all ...

Argentina: Loans upon Loans

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Michael Hudson: Argentina’s New $50 Billion IMF Loan Is Designed to Replay its 2001 Crisis, July 23, 2018. The recently elected neoliberal government of Mauricio Macri has decided to seek a $50 billion IMF credit line, which will only enable more capital flight for the upper class and greater unpayable debt for the rest of the population, says the economist Michael Hudson. SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. For several months now. Argentines have been taking to the streets to protest against neoliberal austerity measures of President Mauricio Macri. The most recent such protest took place on July 9 on Argentine’s Independence Day. There have also been three general strikes thus far. In the two years since he took office, President Macri has laid ...

Argentina Back on the Debt Train

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THE HUDSON REPORT: Argentina gets biggest IMF loan in history. July 9, 2018. Left Out podcast: In this episode, Paul Sliker speaks with Michael Hudson about the economic and political implications of the International Monetary Fund's $50 billion loan to Argentina, which is the largest IMF credit line in history. Find the audio here Paul Sliker: Michael Hudson welcome back to the Hudson report. Michael Hudson: It’s good to be back. Much has happened while I was away for a few weeks. Paul Sliker: Michael, Argentina recently agreed to a $50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. That’s the largest ever in IMF history. It is supposed to run for 36 months. Argentina began talks with the IMF last month, after three central bank rate hikes. Despite pushing borrowing costs above ...