“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.


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.

Discussing how automation will impact the economy in the future as well technology such as robotics and artificial intelligence will be affecting the job market growth. He is the author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.

Discussing topics on offshoring, manufacturing and implications of deindustrializing. He is the former editor for Forbes and the Financial Times who monitored East Asian finance and economics from a base in Tokyo.

Ed Dodson retired in 2005 from Fannie Mae where he held positions as business manager and market analyst. In this episode of Smart Talk, Ed and Andrew Mazzone discuss Land Value Taxation, a method of raising public revenue by means of an annual charge on the rental value of land.

Steve Keen is an Australian economist and author. Most of his recent work focuses on modeling Hyman Minsky’s financial instability hypothesis and Irving Fisher’s debt deflation. In this episode he discusses neoclassical economics.

Scott Baker is president of Common Ground, NYS coordinator at the Public Banking Institute, and senior editor and writer at Op Ed News, a top 100 blog.  Here he discusses globalization, money creation and the political power of the government.

Yanis Varoufakis critiques Professor Thomas Piketty’s latest book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

Andrew Mazzone and Dr. Shaikh look at how free trade affected America in the last 30 years. Dr. Shaikh also looks at many factors in world economics, including business, exchange rates, imports and exports, and wages.

Andrew Mazzone and Dr. Ed Nell discuss the manorial system, mercantilist economy and globalization. The manorial system was an economic and social system of medieval Europe. Dr. Nell is an economist, former professor at the New School for Social Research (NY) and is is currently the chief economist for Recipco.

Dr. Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, and libertarian. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, The Bell Curve (Free Press, 1994), sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure.  In this episode, Dr. Murray  and Andrew Mazzone discuss the welfare state in America and economic inequality.

Andrew Mazzone interviews Dr. Fred Foldvary about his famous 2008 predication of the financial crisis. In 2008, Dr. Fred Foldvary was one of the few economists who predicted the collapse of finance in America. In his Smart Talk interview, he discusses how Henry George’s theory of land helped explain the business cycle and allowed him to reach that conclusion.

Vice president of the Council of Georgist Organizations and director and treasurer at The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, Ted Gwartney has extensive experience implementing land assessment policies all around the world. In this conversation with Andrew Mazzone, he discusses land assessment policies and Georgist tax system.

Dr. Tyler is an author of What Went Wrong: How the 1% Hijacked the American Middle Class and What Other Countries Got Right. He served at the World Bank, as CEO of his own real estate investment firm and was a founder of a multi-million dollar Swiss medical R&D nonprofit. In this interview, Dr. Tyler addresses the decline of economic mobility in the Unites States.

Dr. Roberts talks candidly to Andy Mazzone about the “hubris and arrogance” in Washington. He discusses the powerful private interest groups that run the country, the effects of off-shoring and the declining power of the United States and the decline of the U.S. economy.

Much of discussion revolves around the concepts of “recycling surpluses” and regulating capital flows. The speakers are not timid about casting blame for today’s economic problems.

Dr. Clark is an editor of the European Review of Economic History, chair of the steering committee of the All-UC Group in Economic History, and a Research Associate of the Center for Poverty Research at Davis.  In this interview, he discusses unequal societies.


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