Michael Hudson, Stephanie Kelton, et al: Why Monetary Theory and Policy Is a Critical Terrain For the Left (Left Forum 2018)

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with Michael Hudson
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June 7, 2018

OpenUnivoftheLeft on June 5, 2018

Left Forum 2018: As our demands grow bolder—true full employment, the rebuilding of the social safety net starting with Medicare for All, an overdue green and just transition—so will the naysayers’ inevitable refrain: “How will you pay for it?” Developments in our understanding of monetary theory and the money system has, thankfully, illuminated a path forward out of the trap of austerity: when we understand how money actually works, we know that the obstacles to bold action at a national scale on jobs, healthcare, and climate are political, not economic.

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Gar Alperovitz: What Might a New Economy Look Like?

Nationalise the Banks

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TheRealNews·Jan 27, 2014

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay there are existing models that point to what a new economy and politics might look like.

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Gar Alperovitz: The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops

HIRE OURSELVES: worker-owned cooperatives

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TheRealNews·Jan 26, 2014

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay, the experience of Spain’s Mondragon, the world’s largest workers’ co-op, shows that workers’ ownership can go to scale but on their own, co-ops will not transform society or the economy.

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Gar Alperovitz: Capitalism is in Long Term Stagnation and Decay

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TheRealNews·Jan 25, 2014

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that if you concentrate wealth at the top, there’s not enough purchasing power to make the rest of the system work. 

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Gar Alperovitz: Nuclear Attack on Japan was Opposed by American Military Leadership

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TheRealNews·Jan 24, 2014

On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that President Truman used the A-bomb to make a “diplomatic” point to the Soviet Union, not out of military necessity.

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Gar Alperovitz: Understanding the Imperialist System Changed My Life


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TheRealNews·Jan 22, 2014

On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Alperovitz tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay, that the Vietnam War made it clear there was no way to a more rational capitalism and there had to be fundamental change. Continue reading

Worker Owned Businesses Point to New Forms of Ownership

this shop is controlled by its workers

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TheRealNews·Feb 13, 2013

Can co-ops come out of the margins of the economy and be part of a larger political project to transform how things are owned?

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Gar Alperovitz: America Beyond Capitalism

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Oct 13, 2012 by

Talk by Gar Alperovitz author of America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy recorded October 3, 2012 at Town Hall Seattle in Seattle, WA by Todd Boyle.

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Gar Aleperovitz: Public Banking in America (with Ellen Brown’s introduction)

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with Ellen Brown
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May 5, 2012

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Public Banking In America Conference, Philadelphia, April 27-28.
Opening remarks by PBI president, Ellen Brown with keynote address by political economist, Gar Alperovitz

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Gar Alperovitz’s “America Beyond Capitalism” with Ralph Nader, Ted Howard and John Cavanagh

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on Dec 8, 2011

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With Ralph Nader, Ted Howard and John Cavanagh


The Occupy movement now building around the country is a necessary and justified response to the outrages of a political-economic system that looks the other way as the top 1 percent runs off with almost a fourth of the nation’s income and more wealth than the bottom 90 percent taken together. The reality is that the challenge is systemic, not merely political.

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