Well-known and widely respected economists, political scientists and social thinkers
examine Henry George’s philosophies in today’s society and economy


February 7, 2018
Smart Talk with Edward Harrison: The Economics of Rising Populism in Europe

In recent years, Europe has seen an unexpected rise of populism, culminating in the UK’s Brexit vote, a strong showing of Marine Le Pen in the French Presidential elections in 2017, the stunning electoral success of the far right in Austria as well as the renaissance of the left in Southern Europe.

In this episode of Smart Talk, Alan Tonelson of the Henry George School and his guest, Edward Harrison discuss the economics behind the sudden surge of populism in Europe and explain its persistence in spite of a generally improving economic climate.

Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over 25 years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator on BBC World News, CNBC Television, Business News Network, CBC, Fox Television and RT Television. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.

October 6, 2017
Smart Talk with Edward Dodson and Gordon Lafer

In the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United decision, it’s become commonplace to note the growing dominance of a small segment of the economic elite on our political process. But what exactly are the rich and powerful doing with their newfound influence? In this edition of Smart Talk, Ed Dodson and his guest, Gordon Lafer discuss how corporate lobbies are leveraging the Reagan era de-federalization legacy to underwrite laws that weaken labor unions, lower wages and degrade essential public services one State at a time. The aggregate result is a marginalized working class and a growing income inequality that is not only bad for economic growth but also undermines our democratic institutions.

Gordon Lafer is a political economist and Professor at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center.  He has written widely on issues of labor and employment policy, and is author of The One Percent Solution – How Corporations are Remaking America One State at a Time (Cornell University Press, 2017).  Professor Lafer has served as an economic policy analyst for the Office of the Mayor in New York City and has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and state legislatures.  He is also the founding co-chair of the American Political Science Association’s Labor Project, and has taught as a visiting faculty member at the University of Massachusetts’ Union Leadership Academy and at the Universidad Latina de America in Michoacán, Mexico.

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.


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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