“I ask no one who may read this book to accept my views. I ask him to think for himself” -Henry George, Social Problems.

Rather than simply accept the views of any one person or institution, people should seek exposure to and thoughtful consideration of a host of ideas.  With this in mind, the Henry George School of Social Science has launched Smart Talk, a series of discussions with leading economists from around the world. We invite you to watch the Smart Talk videos of discussions with some of the most talked-about economic and social thinkers of our times.  Think about what you hear.  You might just uncover the truth.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

Watch this episode of Smart Talk with Dr. Edward O’Donnell discussing his latest book Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age. In this social biography, O’Donnel offers modern account of the ideas of Henry George as seen through the lens of his extraordinary life.

Money changes everything. It certainly changed corporations and their place in society. Watch this Smart Talk discussion with economist Thomas Palley, Senior Economic Advisor, AFL-CIO and author of the book Plenty of Nothing, the Downsizing of the American Dream and the Case for Structural Keynesianism.

In this episode of Smart Talk, Andrew Mazzone and Richard Duncan discuss credit creation during the World War, global economic crisis, consumer debt, history of currency, collapse of the gold standard and the current US economy and where it is headed.

In this Smart Talk video series, Andrew Mazzone and Dr. Alexandra W. Lough discuss the life and work of the American economist, Henry George, and his masterpiece, Progress and Poverty.

In this Smart Talk video series, Andrew Mazzone and Dr. Jayati Ghosh discuss socialist movements and transformations around the world.

Dr. Ravi Batra, a professor of economics at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, is the author of five international best sellers. He was the chairperson of his department from 1977 to 1980.  For more information about Dr. Batra and his work, go to http://www.ravibatra.com/

Dr. Edward J. Nell is an American economist and a former professor at the New School for Social Research (NY). Nell was a member of the New School faculty from 1969 to 2014. He was named the Malcolm B. Smith Professor of Economics in 1990.


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