C. James Townsend holds an M.A. in Liberal Arts from California State University Sacramento and a B.A. in Integrated Studies and a minor in physics from the same institution. He is seeking to obtain his Doctorate in Future Studies in the near future. His interests include: physics, Complexity Theory, political and economic philosophy, Marxism, Techno-Optimism, comparative mystical religions-Gnosticism, Taoism, Zen Buddhism and the Russian Cosmists, Transhumanism and Future Studies. His physical interests include Cheng Man Ching style Tai Chi Chuan and Aikido. The Singularity and Socialism is his first published work and he is presently working on a companion book that takes up the ramifications of the coming economic singularity and the financial instruments that will need to be invented in order to stave off the coming inevitable collapse of the welfare-warfare state and burgeoning technological unemployment.

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Category:economics -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

 

Synopsis

[View Crash, Boom, Pop! here.]

Economics is full of BS -- but there is an alternative. Bank bailouts, quantitative easing, housing bubbles, austerity, etc. - are all economic policies putting most of us in the poorhouse. You can fight back...but how? Knowledge is power! This series is all about common sense, humor and great illustrations. It's 100% bull free.

Too many of us are living paycheck to paycheck. Income inequality is a worldwide problem. Students are graduating with record debts. Trillion dollar wars are charged to the national credit card of debt. We’re inheriting economies in crisis, with endless money printing, dismal job opportunities, sky high tuition fees and a housing market no one can afford.

 

These are baffling questions for many...including actual economists. Yes, that’s right. Much of what economists actually believe - and teach in their incredibly boring textbooks - is wrong.

 

As a team with a background in finance, education and economics, we read a copious amount of books that cut through the confusion: Steve Keen’s “Debunking Economics”, Ann Pettifor’s "Just Money - How to Break the Despotic Power of Finance" and Ha-Joon Chang's "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism", just to name a few. With the help of our advisor and friend Steve Keen, we can now share what we’ve learned.

 

About Suzie and Miguel:

 

Miguel Guerra

An obscenely talented artist and writer whose dedication and ability to get [expletive] done on time warps the boundaries of time and space. It’s his art that you see on every page. Miguel was born in Spain, but his family later moved around the U.S. and settled in Canada. He speaks fluent English and Spanish. Miguel has worked on projects for various small and large organizations, including the National Book Foundation and Heavy Metal:

Together with his co-writer Suzy, they published the following short stories in Heavy Metal:
Bedbugs (July 2007)
• Insomnia (January 2010)
A Lonely Cry in Space (May 2010)

Miguel also creates original t-shirt designs and commissioned art (including book covers, comic covers, illustrations, avatars, web art, clip art, etc...). Have a special request? Let us know and he'll design something personal just for you. Click here to contact Miguel directly. You can also see his portfolio at www.MiguelGuerra.com.

 

Suzy Dias

A nose to the grindstone writer, Suzy works on comics, graphic novels, children's books, short stories, and novellas (usually comedy, sci-fi, and action). She also works as a webmaster, graphic designer, letterer, and a cartoonist. Suzy was born in Canada, speaks fluent Portuguese, advanced Spanish, and can order a meal in French. She started her career in finance and worked her way out of the pits and into the media industry, including the Globe and Mail in Toronto and Bloomberg in New York City, where she worked as a writer and editor for the better part of 10 years.

 

Kindred Spirits

Miguel and Suzy found they were kindred spirits and perfect co-creators and writing partners. They decided to tie the knot and have been writing and creating new worlds ever since. Together and individually, they've written comics, graphic novels, movie scripts, TV episodes, and novellas.

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Crash_Boom_Pop.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

 

John T. Harvey has been a Professor of Economics at Texas Christian University since 1987, after earning his Ph.D. in Economics that year from the University of Tennessee. He specializes in international economics (particularly exchange rates), macroeconomics, history of economics, and contemporary schools of thought. Dr. Harvey's work combines analyses rooted in the scholarly traditions of John Maynard Keynes and Thorstein Veblen with that of modern psychology to produce a set of new theories to explain international monetary economics, including not only exchange rates but also world financial crises.

 

Dr. Harvey has published over thirty refereed publications, edited two volumes, and received a number of teaching awards. In 2010, Dr. Harvey published a book titled Currencies, Capital Flows and Crises (Routledge), which presented a Post-Keynesian explanation of exchange rate determination based on the premise that it is financial capital flows and not international trade that represents the driving force behind currency movements.

 

Dr. Harvey has previously served as chair of the TCU Department of Economics, as well as Executive Director of the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics. He is Co-editor of the World Economic Review and a member of the board of directors of the Association for Evolutionary Economics, as well as the editorial boards of the American Review of Political Economy, the Critique of Political Economy, the Encyclopedia of Political Economy, the Journal of Economics Issues, and the Social Science Journal.

 

Dr. Harvey currently writes an economics blog for Forbes called Pragmatic Economics, which offers economic commentary in a manner understandable to the general public, and can also be followed on Twitter. He has been married to Melanie Harvey for over twenty-five years and has twin daughters and a dog named Rommel.

Direct download: The_Value_of_Economic_Pluralism_A_Talk_with_Professor_John_Harvey.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 11:35pm EDT

  

Mark Thornton is Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute. He serves as the Book Review Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. His publications include The Economics of Prohibition (1991), Tariffs, Blockades, and  Inflation: The Economics of the Civil War (2004), The Quotable Mises (2005),The Bastiat Collection (2007), An Essay on Economic Theory (2010), and The Bastiat Reader (2014). Dr. Thornton served as the editor of the Austrian Economics Newsletter and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Libertarian Studies. He has served as a member of the graduate faculties of Auburn University and Columbus State University. He has also taught economics at Auburn University at Montgomery and Trinity University in Texas. Mark served as Assistant Superintendent of Banking and economic adviser to Governor Fob James of Alabama (1997-1999), and he was awarded the University Research Award at Columbus State University in 2002. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and received his PhD in economics from Auburn University.

 

Sadly the recording cut out at the 30 minute mark. 

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Category:economics -- posted at: 3:01pm EDT

 

Dan Sullivan is the director of Saving Communities and president of the Council of Georgist Organizations. For over 35 years he has been making presentations around the world on both the theory and practical applications of Georgism, has been instrumental in winning shifts to land value tax in Pittsburgh and other Western Pennsylvania cities, and has been featured in newspapers and major magazines, including *Fortune.*

 

"Sullivan has made several studies of the financial impact of higher land taxes on property owners, and speaks at meetings of Pittsburgh neighborhood and business groups to spread the incentive-tax doctrine. Such efforts are crucial. Few people, even among public officials and real estate executives, understand the nature of the tax and its economic ripples." - Gurney Breckenfeld, real estate editor, *Fortune*, August 8, 1983

 

“Dan Sullivan knows more about tax economics than anyone I know.”

- Jack Wagner, Pennsylvania Auditor General

 

“Dan Sullivan is a competent advocate for the taxpaying public.” - Congressman William Coyne

 

“Dan Sullivan has a way of slicing through baloney that a deli manager would envy.” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Columnist Brian O'Neill

 

Direct download: Dan_Sullivan.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 1:26am EDT

 

Jesse Myerson is a writer and activist from New York. He Tweets @JAMyerson and co-hosts Disorderly Conduct: http://tarbellnyc.com/discon

His articles can be found here:

 

http://www.salon.com/writer/jesse_myerson/

 

And here:

http://www.rollingstone.com/contributor/jesse-myerson

 

Direct download: Jesse.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

 

The man who correctly predicted the nature and year of the monumental crash of 2008...back in 1997.

Fred E. Foldvary received his B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He has taught economics at the Latvian University of Agriculture, Virginia Tech, John F. Kennedy University, California State University East Bay, the University of California at Berkeley Extension, Santa Clara University, and currently at San Jose State University.

Foldvary is the author of The Soul of LibertyPublic Goods and Private CommunitiesDictionary of Free Market Economics . He edited and contributed to Beyond Neoclassical Economics and, with Dan Klein, The Half-Life of Policy Rationales. Foldvary's areas of research include public finance, governance, ethical philosophy, and land economics.

Fred married Gloria in July 2012. They and their cat live in the Los Gatos mountains in California.

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Category:economics -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

 

Louis-Philippe Rochon is an Associate Professor of Economics, at Laurentian University, in Canada, where he is Director of the International Economic Policy Institute.  He is the founding co-editor of the Review of Keynesian Economics, and co-diretor of New Directions in Post-Keynesian Economics, a book series at Edward Elgar.  He is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Political Economy, Ola Financiera, and the Problemas del Desarrollo, Revista Latinoamericana d'Economia.

He has written over 100 articles, and written or edited more than 16 books. His areas of research include monetary theory and policy, financialization, and post-Keynesian economics.

He has been a Visiting Scholar or Professor in Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy and Australia.  His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), the Ford Foundation, the Mott Foundation, and the European Parliament.

Direct download: Rochon.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 3:37am EDT

 

We discuss the economist Henry George in this episode. I used the phrase "strange economic creatures" while interviewing Dr. Rochon. It seems like a fitting title for this series. Nate, though he had heroically battled food poisoning by bad pupasa the night before, still mustered the strength to talk about ol' Hank. Below are resources assembled and commented upon by Mr. Blair. Enjoy.

 

The London Jubilee line was constructed at a cost of 3.5 billion GBP, but the public investment, paid for with public tax money increased the value of nearby land by 13 billion GBP.  If the community had captured the social value it created, the public investment would have paid for itself with 9.5 billion GBP left over.

 

Free Riders on Public Transport

http://vimeo.com/32548658

 

Neither Capitalism Nor Socialism

http://povertythinkagain.com/controversies/a-word-from-the-sponsor-of-the-film-the-end-of-poverty-georgism-capitalism-and-socialism/neither-capitalism-nor-socialism/

 

Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common Wealth

http://www.guernicamag.com/daily/rich-nymoen-jeff-smith-reviving-the-idea-that-urban-land-is-common-wealth/

 

Share the land, keep the fruits of labour

http://www.erichthegreen.ca/2014/08/share-land-keep-fruits-of-labour.html

 

Mason Gaffney Reader

http://masongaffneyreader.com/

 

Re-solving the Economic Puzzle

http://www.amazon.com/Re-solving-Economic-Puzzle-Walter-Rybeck/dp/0856832812

 

Georgism gained popularity as a result of Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth: The Remedy, 1879. There is a newer modernized and abridged version of P&P (The Drake Version), but if you are motivated, the original is also very good and not hard to read.

Free PDF of the modernized Drake Edition:

http://www.henrygeorge.org/pdfs/PandP_Drake.pdf

Audiobook of the modernized Drake Edition:

http://hgchicago.org/links/progress-poverty-audiobook/

Download or listen to the unabridged audiobook:

https://librivox.org/progress-and-poverty-by-henry-george/

Various ebook formats for the original:

http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/george-progress-and-poverty

This is a great browser format (original):

http://schalkenbach.org/library/henry-george/p+p/ppcont.html

Direct download: Interview_with_Nate_Blair.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT

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