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August 17, 2018
Smart Talk with Edward Nell

In this special edition of Smart Talk, Ed Dodson speaks with Professor Emeritus Edward J. Nell, Vice President of the Henry George School about his new book, Progress and Poverty in Economics – How Real Estate and Rents cause Financial Instability.

Professor Nell warns against the dangers of bloated finance and calls for its reconceptualization as a public good that supports the real economy rather than draining it. He argues that an over-sized financial sector not only causes systemic fragility, it also undermines growth prospects by diverting resources and talent away from the productive economy toward rent seeking activities.

June 20, 2018
Smart Talk with Ed Dodson & Fred Harrison

Is the Georgist philosophy making new inroads in public policy? According the Fred Harrison, not as much as it should and the reason is to be found not in the relevance of the message but in the way it is being articulated (by the followers of Henry George.)

This episode of Smart Talk stresses the need for Georgists to seize the opportunity offered by the ongoing disenchantment with mainstream economics by crafting a message that would resonate with younger generations who are eager to find alternatives.

May 21, 2018
Smart Talk with Dr. Robin Gaster

Resilience to technological disruption has always been a defining characteristic of advanced capitalist economies but are we prepared for the next one? – meaning, artificial intelligence and automation.

Alan Tonelson’s guest, Dr. Robin Gaster argues in this edition of Smart Talk that given the speed, depth and scope of the challenge, this time is really different. Not only are machines poised to take over many of our jobs, our social institutions have been unable to keep pace with the tremendous changes that are already altering labor markets.

May 2, 2018
Smart Talk with Edward Dodson & Dr Jack Rasmus

The Trump Tax Cuts : A Relief for the Middle Class or Corporate Welfare on Steroids?

In this edition of Smart talk, Ed Dodson of the Henry George School and his guest, Dr. Jack Rasmus debunk many of the misconceptions surrounding the latest tax overhaul.

Instead of new capital investments and the promised massive job creation, they predict that the tax cuts will most certainly boost the financial economy at the expense of the real economy with more share buybacks, more corporate mergers and acquisitions and worsening income inequality.

March 13, 2018
Smart Talk with Edward Dodson, Dr. Marty Rowland and Daniel Bromley

Why Mainstream Economics is Failing Us: The Need for a Paradigm Shift

In this episode of Smart Talk, Edward Dodson and his guests, Dr. Marty Rowland and Economist Daniel Bromley, emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison discuss major shortcomings of mainstream economics. They critique its excessive reliance on abstract models with little relation to reality and its inability to predict and therefore prevent financial crises.

This episode also covers a broad range of issues, such as the role of land in the economy, the nature of property rights, the rise of finance capital, and official development assistance; where good intentions and billions of dollars in aid money failed to make a dent on poverty.MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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