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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.

It began as an economic worldview shaped by political elites in reaction to leftist populism, Dr. Rasmus says. Now it has begun to morph into policies shaped by the 2016 election results and today’s rising rightist populism. But will the change make a difference?

Dr. Rasmus teaches economics and politics at St, Mary’s College in California. He is also the author of many notable works including his newest, “Looting Greece, A New Financial Imperialism Emerges”.

A true Renaissance man, Jack Rasmus is also the owner and principal of Kyklos Productions LLC, producing plays, videos, music CDs and books.

In this episode of Smart Talk, Andrew Mazzone, President of the Henry George School of Social Science, looks at the themes in Dr. Rasmus’s works and what we can expect America’s economic future to look like.

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.

Part of the problem, says Mr. Harrison (echoing Henry George’s thinking), is that a large and unwieldy portion of each nation’s wealth goes to monopoly rents, benefiting the very few, when the money could be more usefully directed to investment that would aid the many.

“Our children and grandchildren are going to be worse off,” he says, and the world will turn less stable unless we revisit many of the economic issues explored by Henry George (and adopt many of the same proferred solutions).

In this episode of Smart Talk, Andrew Mazzone, president of the Henry George School of Social Science, explores Mr. Harrison’s latest assertions, and discusses the themes in several of his works, including his latest, Beyond Brexit: The Blueprint.

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.

First, the speaker puts Trump in the context of postwar global capitalism and the movement of U.S. jobs overseas. He shows how Trump successfully tapped into widespread political discontent. Trump did not cause the inequalities in wealth and income that afflict the U.S. today, but nevertheless must confront the problems that those disparities have caused. One solution, Mr. Mazzone suggests, is an ambitious program of infrastructure improvements. Even building that wall might help.

Questions and answers are provided at the end of Andrew’s talk.

November  17, 2016
Progress? For Wealth, Not Against Poverty. Andrew Mazzone, John Roemer and the View from Yale

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. Now we are seeing capital on the ascendancy again, with the concentration of capital in the hands of the top one percent resembling pre-1914 inequality. So says John E. Roemer, American economist and political scientist now on the faculty at Yale University.

Dr. Roemer discusses the forecasts that he made in his well-known book “Free to Lose: An Introduction to Marxist Economic Philosophy” (1988) with Andrew Mazzone of the Henry George School of Social Science.  Many predictions made by Karl Marx in the 19th century haven’t come true, but forecasts about the growing concentration of capital have proven “quite accurate,” Dr. Roemer says in this Oct. 13, 2016, Smart Talk.

“Capital is just a synonym for wealth,” Dr. Roemer points out. It’s good for society to have lots of wealth, but problems arise when capital becomes “extremely concentrated in the hands of a small number of people.” The luck of the “birth lottery” translates into riches for some but poverty for the many.

How all this affects labor’s relations to capital, and what it means for the place of the U.S. in the world, is explored in this challenging colloquy.

November  17, 2016
Unease over Easy Money: Andrew Mazzone and Michael Mattie Look at the Perils of the Money Pump

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…

November  11, 2016
Smart Talk: Interview with Andy Stern, former President of the SEIU

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

November  11, 2016
Smart Talk with Dr. Marty Rowland

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.

November  2, 2016
Smart Talk: Steve Taft discusses his book, A True Free Market

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. Steve brings radical and revolutionary ideas…

October 14, 2016
Smart Talk: Interview with Dr. Paul Davidson

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.

September 5, 2016
Smart Talk: Andrew Mazzone and James K. Galbraith – Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice

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

Original Interview February 11th, 2016
Andrew Mazzone, President of the Henry George School of Social Science, and  Dr. Paul Craig Roberts discuss Foreign Policy and its Impact on the American Economy.

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…

May 3, 2016
Smart Talk: Andrew Mazzone interviews James K. Galbraith

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.

March 18, 2016
Andrew Mazzone & Lord Turner debate the causes of Current Economic Turmoil

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.

March 17, 2016
Andrew Mazzone and Scott Baker: NYC Land Values and Missed Opportunities

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…

Andrew Mazzone and Anwar Shaikh discuss Dr, Shaikh’s new ground-breaking economic treatise, “Capitalism: Competition, Conflict and Crises”, and his Economic theories and perspectives therein…

In this latest, stimulating discussion, Andrew Mazzone, President of the Henry George School of Social Science, interviews Dr. Charles A. S. Hall. Dr. Hall is Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology…

Wolff analyzes the economy of the U.S.A. from a Marxist perspective. He believes that Capitalism and Russian Communism, which he calls ‘State Capitalism’, are both fatally flawed. The issue is that the elites rig Capitalism…

How do you envision a successful planet Earth that is not growing? In this Smart Talk edition, Andrew Mazzone and Dr. Herman E. Daly discuss that very topic and why unconstrained, unthinking GNP growth presents more global problems than it solves. In addition…

In this lively edition of Smart Talk, Andrew Mazzone discusses the dismal past, dismal present and dismal future of austerity as an economic policy for growth with Mark Blyth. Dr. Blyth, author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea…


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