“Taxpayer Money” Threatens Medicare-for-All (And Every Other Social Program) by Jim Kavanagh


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by Jim Kavanagh
The Polemicist, Sept. 18, 2018
September 20, 2018

Three assertions:

  • There is no such thing as “taxpayer money.”
  • Taxes do not pay for government spending. (Nor does debt. No revenue is needed.)
  • Leftists who continue to talk as if “taxpayer dollars” must be collected to “pay for” government programs are undermining Medicare-for-all and every other progressive policy initiative.

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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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MMT (Modern Monetary Theory) as an ECB (European Central Bank) Alternative by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 27, 2012

2,181 Italians pack a Sports Arena to learn Modern Monetary Theory:
The Economy doesn’t Need to suffer Neoliberal Austerity

I have just returned from Rimini, Italy, where I experienced one of the most amazing spectacles of my academic life. Four of us associated with the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) were invited to lecture for three days on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and explain why Europe is in such monetary trouble today – and to show that there is an alternative, that the enforced austerity for the 99% and vast wealth grab by the 1% is not a force of nature.

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