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 ...

Debt Makes the World Go Around

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A63afuvkbmk RADHIKA DESAI: Hello and welcome to the 21st geopolitical economy hour, the show that examines the fast-changing political and geopolitical economy of our time. Welcome also to a new year that promises to be nothing but rocky, so let's help rock it in the right direction. I'm Radhika Desai. MICHAEL HUDSON: And I'm Michael Hudson. RADHIKA DESAI: There's an old saying, money makes the world go around. Like so many other truths, neoliberalism has subtly but decisively altered this one too. The adage of the neoliberal age can be said to be "debt makes the world go around". Indeed, debt is not just making the world go around, it is making it spin madly. So madly that the possibility that it will spin out of control is ever present. Everywhere you look, ...

Is It Over Yet?

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RADHIKA DESAI: Hello and welcome to the 20th 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: Well, it’s happening again. Reports of the death of neoliberalism are once again proliferating. Just take a look at the UK Guardian. In the UK Guardian website, there’s a whole series of stories, whether neoliberalism is dying, the rise and fall of neoliberalism. Biden just declared the death of neoliberalism. Is neoliberalism finally over? Is neoliberalism finally dead? Is the neoliberal era over yet? And of course, there are also contrary views. The National Institutes of Health say neoliberalism is not dead. And there is also a very interesting story in the Jacobin, which says ...

Global Insecurity

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io0H1i7Xf8s RADHIKA DESAI: Hello and welcome to the 19th Geopolitical Economy Hour, the program where we discuss the evolving political and geopolitical economy of our time. I'm Radhika Desai. MICHAEL HUDSON: And I'm Michael Hudson. And we bring you this program with the help of our host, Ben Norton, our videographer Paul Graham, and our transcriber Zach Weisser. The carnage in Gaza has paused, though the possibility that this will open the door to a permanent resolution is remote. Little else seems to have changed. The U.S. remains doubled down on its one-sided support for a murderous Israel, the tail that wags the U.S. dog. MICHAEL HUDSON: Well, it's not only the United States that's doubling down, it's Europe that's doubling down. And it's becoming, you're seeing, they've banned protests supporting the Palestinians ...

Multipolarity: China, Russia, Israel, India, and the difficult birth of a new world

Geopolitical Hour, October 19, 2021.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHTmIt131P8 RADHIKA DESAI: Hello and welcome to the 17th 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 today, once again, we are joined by the roving reporter extraordinaire, Pepe Escobar. Welcome again, Pepe. PEPE ESCOBAR: Thank you. Enormous pleasure. Great. Now, this show has been a little bit delayed because I, particularly, I have been traveling. RADHIKA DESAI: Of course, Pepe travels all the time. He’s always joining us from all sorts of extraordinary locations. Today, he’s in Bangkok. But I have particularly been traveling to conferences in China. And then I went to the Valdai Conference in Sochi, where Pepe was also there. And of course, I have returned, as ...

Reciprocal Ignorance: East-West

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJSzHN71Qj8&list=PLDAi0NdlN8hMl9DkPLikDDGccibhYHnDP&index=1 Geopolitical Economy Hour, September 23, 2023.  BRICS or NATO? G20 or G77? Summits debate changing world order RADHIKA DESAI: Hello and welcome to the 17th Geopolitical Economy Hour, the show that examines the fast-changing political and geopolitical economy of our times. I’m Radhika Desai. MICHAEL HUDSON: And I’m Michael Hudson. RADHIKA DESAI: And today we are joined once again by the incomparable Pepe Escobar. Welcome back, Pepe. PEPE ESCOBAR: Hi, everybody. Great pleasure to be with you both. RADHIKA DESAI: Great. So Pepe and Michael and I are going to discuss the apparently unending series of summits and read their tea leaves to see what they tell us about how the world is changing. And that summitry has been pretty exhausting. There was the fateful NATO summit in July, where much to his chagrin, President Zelensky failed ...

High Finance & Investment Colonialism

"Imperialism: How the struggle of both classes and nations creates our world" Geopolitical Hour 16, August 29, 2023. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKVjpKCFd28 RADHIKA DESAI: Hello and welcome to the 16th Geopolitical Economy Hour, the fortnightly show in which we discuss the political and geopolitical economy of our times. I'm Radhika Desai. MICHAEL HUDSON: And I'm Michael Hudson. RADHIKA DESAI: And we are recording this show on the last day of what may well be remembered as a historic BRICS summit, defying no end of gleeful predictions in the Western press about the BRICS' irrelevance, disunity, mendaciousness, authoritarianism, and whatnot. The five major countries that today constitute the BRICS, despite their relative poverty, constitute a larger proportion of the world economy, measured by PPPs, that is to say purchasing power parity. And they have been able to come together and ...

Towards a Demilitarized Global Currency

War hawks' drive to expand NATO into Asia may destroy Western military alliance  Geopolitical Hour, August 4, 2023 RADHIKA DESAI: Hello everyone and welcome to the Geopolitical Economy Hour, a program that discusses the political and geopolitical economy of our time. I'm Radhika Desai.  MICHAEL HUDSON: And I'm Michael Hudson. RADHIKA DESAI: And today we have once again Pepe Escobar, roving reporter extraordinaire. Welcome, Pepe.  PEPE ESCOBAR: Thank you. It's an enormous pleasure to be with you guys again.  RADHIKA DESAI: And today we are going to continue the discussion we started in the last Geopolitical Economy Hour, entitled NATO Out of Bounds, War Against Russia, War Against China. Last time we discussed where the Vilnius Summit had left NATO and the divisions within the alliance that the summit had exposed, how the proxy war on ...

NATO Moves to Bait China

Geopolitical Economy Report, July 28, 2023   NATO failed in Ukraine against Russia. Now it's targeting China By Radhika Desai and Michael Hudson. 93.1K subscribers  Political economists Radhika Desai and Michael Hudson are joined by geopolitical analyst Pepe Escobar to discuss how NATO has shifted from its proxy war against Russia in Ukraine to targeting China in the Pacific. RADHIKA DESAI: Hello, everyone, and welcome to the 15th Geopolitical Economy Hour, the fortnightly show on the political and geopolitical economy of our times. I'm Radhika Desai. MICHAEL HUDSON: And I'm Michael Hudson.  RADHIKA DESAI: And today we propose to discuss NATO in the aftermath of its recently concluded Vilnius Summit, exploring a variety of questions about how its assault on Russia is faring and the prospects of extending its sphere of operations to what NATO leaders like to call ...

Economic Interference in the Global South

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x13cSy8S8To RADHIKA DESAI: Hi, everyone, and welcome to this 13th Geopolitical Economy Hour, the fortnightly show on the political and geopolitical economy of our times. I'm Radhika Desai. MICHAEL HUDSON: And I'm Michael Hudson. RADHIKA DESAI: And today, as last time, we are joined by Anne Pettifor to discuss the urgent issue of our time, the third world debt crisis. And as I said last time, we couldn't find a more authoritative guest for this show. Anne hardly needs any introduction, but I do feel I should remind everyone of what she's done, particularly in relation to the debt and also the fuller range of her contributions. Anne is a prolific writer on issues of debt, finance and development. And she has also been one of the most important activists on the issue of third ...