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examine Henry George’s philosophies in today’s society and economy

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July 25, 2017
Smart Talk with Andrew Mazzone and Lindy Davies

Does land still matter in the 21st Century economy and can Henry George’s principles still be put to effective use today?

Andrew Mazzone and Lindy Davies insist the answer is “yes.” See how they believe a Georgist System could be put to work, and why it should appeal to lawmakers and citizens across a broad political spectrum.

Lindy Davies is the Program Director of the Henry George Institute and the Editor of the Georgist Journal. He has written and edited Georgist curricular materials for more than two decades. He is the author of The Alodia Scrapbook, editor of The Mason Gaffney Reader, and creator of the abridged edition of Henry George’s The Science of Political Economy.

May 30, 2017
Smart Talk: Big Data, Bad Math, Major Problems by Cathy O’Neil.

Forget Big Brother. That’s so 1984. The 21st century is the era of Big Data—and algorithms—that increases inequality and threatens democracy. In this edition of Smart Talk, mathematician Cathy O’Neil joins Andrew Mazzone to discuss how countless algorithms are standing in for human control and judgment, in ways that are not always evident, transparent or beneficial.

When Google tells us what to believe and Facebook tells us what’s news, mathematical models are creating a toxic cocktail for democracy. Smart Talk shines a light on the dark side of models that are opaque, unregulated and often wrong.

Cathy O’Neil is a data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard and taught at Barnard College before moving to the private sector, where she worked for the hedge fund D. E. Shaw. Dr. O’Neil started the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia and is the author of Weapons of Math Destruction, which was nominated for a National Book Award.

April 9, 2017
Smart Talk with Andrew Mazzone and Costas Lapavitsas

The word “financialization” accurately captures a prominent aspect of contemporary capitalism: Over the last few decades, the lucrative financial sector has grown exponentially, to the point of dominating economies in the US and around the world.

In this episode of Smart Talk, Andrew Mazzone and economist Costas Lapavitsas discuss how the profound effects of financialization have been felt in Greece, throughout Europe and here in America—and not to the benefit of working people, infrastructure and society. Dr. Lapavitsas argues that challenging the devastating impact of financialization is a necessary task that must be confronted head on.

He posits: What has to change? And who will take the lead?

Costas Lapavitsas, PhD, is a professor of economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a former MP for the Syriza party in Greece. He is a columnist for The Guardian and the founder of Research on Money and Finance, an international network of political economists focusing on money, finance and the evolution of contemporary capitalism.

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March 24, 2017
Smart Talk: The Coming War on Capitalism by Samir Amin

Renowned political economist Samir Amin has devoted his extensive career to both narrate and affect the human condition on a global scale. In this edition of Smart Talk, he joins Andrew Mazzone to discuss the impact of the cataclysmic forces of capitalism from the post-World War era to the present day.

February 7, 2017
Dr. Jack Rasmus:  Financialization and the Marginalization of the American Worker

Dr. Jack Rasmus of St. Mary’s College in California is an author, journalist, and radio -TV commentator with strongly held views on how U.S. economic domination shaped the world after World War II and how today’s changing world in turn is reshaping the American economic scene.

February 7, 2017
A Blueprint for Progress, by Fred Harrison

Fred Harrison of Britain’s Land Research Trust sounded an early warning before the 2008 global economic meltdown. Now he sounds a warning that another economic crisis is on the way.

December  11, 2016
Trump, the Economy and You: What can America expect from a Donald Trump presidency?

Andrew Mazzone of the Henry George School of Social Science looks at some of the tantalizing clues from Trump’s career and campaign, and offers some surprising forecasts.

John E. Roemer, a Yale economist and political scientist, discusses the perils and prospects of capital and capitalism, how economic trends are affecting labor and society, and what it means for the place of the U.S. in the world. Capital fell on some not-so-hard times after World War I and World War II.

Quantitative easing is a way for the government to pump huge amounts of money into asset markets. As with any flood this can create wreckage.

Andy Stern, the former head of the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”) and author of “A Country that Works“, talks about building his over 1.9-million-member union.

Setting standards for official accountability and infrastructure management may sound unexciting, but Dr. Marty Rowland brings these vital topics to life in a Smart Talk discussion with Andrew Mazzone of the Henry George School of Social Science.

You’re never going to talk to a bigger fan of capitalism than Stephen Taft, author and Senior Vice President of a major Wall Street firm. He talks about bringing Henry George’s land-tax ideas into the modern era. Steve speaks with Andrew Mazzone of the Henry George School of Social Science about his book, “A True Free Market.” 

We don’t just think of Professor Paul Davidson as one of today’s leading post-Keynesian economists. He’s also the economist whose insights and predictions about the economy have been proven right, time and again.

In this new episode of Smart Talk, we had the privilege of interviewing Dr. James K. Galbraith about his new work, Welcome to the Poisoned ChaliceThe Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe.

Dr. Roberts is the ‘elder statesman’ who has covered almost every change of significance in our country’s foreign policy over the last 40 years.

Andrew Mazzone, President of the Henry George School, reprises the legacy of the Galbraiths in an interview with Professor James K. Galbraith. Topics range from unequal distribution of income, to the Greek economy that is still not recovering.

Adair Turner has written one of the best books on Economic policy in the last 30 years.  His dissection of real estate speculation income inequality and foreign trade imbalances are without equal.

Andrew Mazzone, President of the Henry George School of Social Science, and Scott Baker, President of Common Ground-NYC, discuss New York City land values, some of the missed opportunities to tax those land values, and programs that might channel value taxation.

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