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.
War has indeed become perpetual and peace no longer even a fleeting wish nor a distant memory. We have become habituated to the rumblings of war and the steady drum beat of propaganda about war’s necessity and the noble motives that inspire it. We will close hospitals. We will close schools. We will close libraries and museums. We will sell off our parklands and water supply. People will sleep on the streets and go hungry. The war machine will go on.
Predictions are that we will soon be seeing the “nuclear option” — central bank-created money injected directly into the real economy. All other options having failed, governments will be reduced to issuing money outright to cover budget deficits. So warns a September 18 article on ZeroHedge titled “It Begins: Australia’s Largest Investment Bank Just Said ‘Helicopter Money’ Is 12-18 Months Away.”
As Congress struggles through one budget crisis after another, it is becoming increasingly evident that austerity doesn’t work. We cannot possibly pay off a $16 trillion debt by tightening our belts, slashing public services, and raising taxes. Historically, when the deficit has been reduced, the money supply has been reduced along with it, throwing the economy into recession. After a thorough analysis of statistics from dozens of countries forced to apply austerity plans by the World Bank and IMF, former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz called austerity plans a “suicide pact.”
In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss boating accidents with Sharkboy and Lava Girl and a futures market to lay off your Blythe Masters risk. In the second half of the show, Max talks to Dr. Michael Hudson about Modern Monetary Theory at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and about the Chicago Boys gutting the economic competition, literally.
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.
Brussels wants the keys to the national treasuries of the 17 Euro-countries. Only this way can they save the Euro, they say. The ESM-treaty has already been signed. If the national parliamentarians ratify it, it will be the end of our sovereign democracies. Do we want that? Is there an alternative?
For those who know how the money system works, the logical solution to today’s problems are fairly simple. A bank reform. On TV, at least in the Netherlands, the subject is still taboo , but if you want to know how it works, you can find an explanation here. (And if you already know all this, you can scroll immediately to 2. bank reform.) Continue reading →
Ellen Brown author of “The Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free” talking about the public banking system and the Bank of North Dakota October 26, 2011 at Kan Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
With all the hysteria about government debt and deficit spending, ostensible pretexts for annihilating the public, why is no one scrutinizing the source of the problem ~ the monetary system?
Our economy has been running on credit/debt since 1913 when Congress outsourced its sovereign authority to create the nation’s money and gave that privilege away to a cartel of private banking corporations ~ the Federal Reserve System. After 1913, our so-called ‘money’ supply could only be created by banks generating credit as loans. Continue reading →
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) released the following statement in response to the release of the second of two reports on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) audit of governance at Federal Reserve banks.
“The GAO report adds details to what we already know. The Federal Reserve operates with brazen disregard for the best interests of the American economy and with very serious conflicts of interest,” Kucinich stated.