Episode 56: Lindy Davies on the progress of Henry George
Mr. Davies was the program director of the Henry George Institute and editor of the Georgist Journal. He is the author of "The Sassafras Crossing" and "The Alodia Scrapbook," both of which are fiction novels that explore the topic of development on a local, more personal level. In addition to his novels, he was the editor of the Mason Gaffney Reader and the creator of Henry George’s abridged version of The Science of the Political Economy, one of George’s seminal works. A lover of all things Henry George, Lindy spent his life promoting Georgist values and spreading his word. Mr. Davies, unfortunately, passed away in 2019. May he rest in peace. Together we discussed the progress Georgists have made in promoting Georgist values, how monopolies act as extractive institutions in the economy, and why a systemic view is better for solving economic quandaries than a micro-based approach.
Episode 55: How big tech and algorithms make us worse off
Dr. O’Neil earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and received her Ph.D. from Harvard in mathematics. She spent the early part of her career teaching at MIT and Barnard but eventually left for the private sector. After a few years as a finance professional, she eventually became disillusioned with the industry and would eventually join the Occupy Wall Street movement. She is a regular contributor to Bloomberg and is the author of "The Shame Machine," "Doing Data Science," and "Weapons of Math Destruction"; which all explore the negative impacts data analytics and algorithms have on society. Dr. O'Neil joined us in discussing how big data and the use of algorithms became more common in everyday life, how their use creates negative externalities with socioeconomic repercussions, and what caused her dislike of the finance industry.
Episode 54: The path toward a post-crisis Greek recovery
Dr. Lapavitsas earned his master’s from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. from Birkbeck, University of London. He has taught at the New School and the School of Oriental and African studies. Dr. Lapavitsas is known as a sharp critic of western financial capitalism. He has worked as a regular columnist for The Guardian and founded Research, Money, and Finance, a collective of political economists who focus on money, finance, and the two's intersection with capitalism. In 2015, he was elected to the Greek Parliament as a member of the Syriza party in order to help Greece regain its footing after the Greek Debt Crisis. He is the author of numerous books, including "Crisis in the Eurozone," "Profiting without Producing," and "The Left Case Against the EU." Dr. Lapavitsas joined us to discuss how leaving the EU’s monetary union could transform the Greek economy, why financialization harms people in the long-run, and why Germany’s wages remain stagnant despite its economic dynamism.
Episode 53: A systems view of the world order
Mr. Amin received his bachelor’s in political science at the Sciences Po, in France, and his master’s in economics and statistics from INSEE, a demographics bureau of the French government. Samir grew up in Cairo and Paris where he witnessed the benefits of development and the horrors of colonialism as well. After graduating, he worked for the French and Mali governments where he studied under-development and its linkage to the world order. Mr. Amin is known for his work on dependency theory and world system theory. He was associated with multiple socialist political groups, yet criticized Soviet communism. He is the author of many books including, "The Implosion of Contemporary Capitalism," "A Global History: A View from the South," and "Eurocentrism." He was one of the world's most prominent Marxist economists and a potent critic of capitalism. Mr. Amin joined us to discuss how monopolies can lead to oligarchies, why another financial crisis is looming around the corner, and how one can identify and define imperialism.
Episode 52: The intersection of technology, politics, and economics
Dr. Gaster received multiple bachelor's degrees from the University of Oxford in politics, economics, and philosophy. He later went on to earn his master’s in philosophy from the University of Kent and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. After two years of teaching at the University of Virginia, he would eventually become a research fellow at the Office of Technology Assessment, an arm of the United States Congress. Since then, Dr. Gaster founded Incumetrics, a consulting company that focuses on politics, economics, and technology. He is currently a visiting scholar at the George Washington University Institute for Public Policy and is the author of "Behemoth, Amazon Rising." Together, the Henry George School and Dr. Gaster discussed how small firms can be successful, the rise of the gig economy, and why productivity has stagnated across developed nations.
Episode 51: Fred Harrison on economic policy and social reform
Mr. Harrison received his bachelor's from Oxford University and his master’s from the University of London. He is a veteran journalist who has served in multiple news agencies such as The People and Wellington Journal. In 1988 he became the Research Director of the Land Research Trust, London, and has advised several corporations and international governments on tax and economic policy. Fred places an emphasis on the housing market and its interaction with the economy as a whole. He is the author of many books, including "The Corruption of Economics," "The Power in the Land," and "A Philosophy for a Fair Society," all of which critique mainstream economic thinking. Mr. Harrison joined us to discuss why he focuses so much on land and housing, rentier capitalism, and why passing redistributive policies can be so hard.
Episode 50: A brief history of the modern political economy
Dr. Rasmus is a professor at St. Mary’s college in California where he focuses on inequality and economic crises. Dr. Rasmus began his career in journalism and is the author of numerous books on the political economy such as "Central Bankers at the End of Their Rope," "The Scourge of Neoliberalism," and "Epic Recession." He has served as a negotiator, organizer, and president of multiple local unions. He is the host of the radio show Alternative Visions and has contributed to multiple magazines, such as World Financial Review, European Financial Review, and World Review of the Political Economy. Together we discussed the impact of public policy under Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, his prediction for trade policy under the Trump presidency, and a history of the modern political economy. We apologize in advance for the poor audio quality, as Andrew was sick during the time of recording.
Episode 49: How unions can improve employee welfare while keeping firms competitive
Mr. Andy Stern has been a labor leader and activist since 1973. He began his bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Pennsylvania, but would eventually finish his degree in urban planning. He started his career as a welfare caseworker for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and eventually was elected Union President. He is a Senior Fellow at the Economic Security Project. He is the author of "Raising the Floor," "A Country That Works," "Oil: From Rockefeller to Iraq," and "Who Won the Oil Wars?". Most revolve around building a more egalitarian and cooperative approach to economic growth. Stern’s approach to bargaining and leadership has always been to find common ground with people he finds disagreeable. Together we discussed his negotiating techniques, what the true goal of unions should be, and how to strike a balance between improving employees’ lives while keeping employers competitive.
Episode 48: Urban Planning for maximum reliability with Dr. Marty Rowland
Dr. Marty Rowland earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his master’s from the University of New Orleans, both in Environmental Engineering. He later went on to earn his Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of New Orleans as well. He served in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as a Senior Project Manager for Environmental Remediation to help the city improve environmental quality, bettering living standards for all New Yorkers. He has taught at various institutions, such as Pace University and here at the Henry George School of Social Science. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Asset Leadership Network, a group that promotes financial awareness as a way to achieve social objectives. Dr. Rowland joined us in discussing infrastructure management, affordable housing in Manhattan, and strategies for efficient urban planning.
Episode 47: The Impacts of Congestion Pricing Policy on New York City
Our host, Dr. Ibrahima Dramé earned a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Dr. Marty Rowland earned his Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of New Orleans. He has taught at various institutions, such as Pace University and here at the Henry George School of Social Science. Dan Sullivan is a Georgist scholar, former President of the Council of Georgist Organizations (CGO), and Director of Saving Communities, a Pennsylvania-based association that promotes fiscal integrity and economic justice. Ms. Denise Favorule is a licensed Real Estate Broker at the Corcoran Group. Dr. Gevorkyan received his Ph.D. in economics from the New School. He is a Subject Matter Expert on Macroeconomics at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Business Stewardship, as well as a professor of economics at St. John’s University. Together we discussed traffic congestion pricing policy, its impacts on low- and middle-income households, and different alternatives that could improve living standards in New York.
Episode 46: Why "progress" grew wealth, but didn't reduce poverty
Dr. Roemer is quite interesting, to say the least. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and went to U.C. Berkeley for his graduate degree, but was suspended for his political activity against the Vietnam War. After spending time teaching, he would eventually return to Berkeley to finish his Ph.D. in economics in 1974. He is currently the Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Stout Professor of Political Science and Economics at Yale University, and a Fellow at the Econometric Society as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has contributed to numerous economic journals on topics such as labor economics, political competition, and climate change. In addition to his journals, Dr. Roemer has published numerous books such as "Free to Lose," "A General Theory," and "A Future of Socialism." All revolve around inequality and its relation to the political economy. Together with Dr. Roemer, we discussed the rise of Bernie Sanders, issues with Marx’s Labor Theory of Value, and how redistribution can take the form of more than welfare programs.
Episode 45: A discussion on QE and monetary policy with Michael Mattie
Michael Mattie is the founder of Doylestown Wealth Management, a financial planning and wealth management firm. Before joining the Marine Corps, Mr. Mattie earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Delaware. After graduating he began to work in the finance industry for a number of years. Eventually, Michael wrote his own book titled "The Global Addiction to QE: The Most Important Topic Affecting your Retirement: A Guide." This book is a detailed exploration of the history of quantitative easing and its effect on financial markets. A lover of everything investing, Mr. Mattie has spent his lifetime helping others save for their retirement and understand financial markets. Together we discussed monetary policy under Alan Greenspan, his critique of the Federal Reserve, and why deficit spending may not be such a bad thing.
Episode 44: How to implement a Land Value Tax with Steve Taft
Mr. Taft graduated from Washington University. Steven is currently a Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management, and Senior Portfolio Manager, as well as a certified Financial Planner and Advisor at Morgan Stanley. He began working on Wall Street as a financial advisor in the late 80s, and later went on to work for companies such as Lehman Brothers and Paine Webber. He is the author of "A True Free Market: Conversations on Gaining Liberty and Justice Through Economics." Our friendly discussion included the mechanics of Henry George’s Land Value Tax, how it can eliminate other taxes, and key trends within urbanization.
Episode 43: Dr. Paul Davidson's view of the history of economic thought
Dr. Davidson is a leader in the post-Keynesian school of thought. Initially, he did not begin his career as an economist, earning a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College in chemistry and biology. He began graduate school as a biochemistry major but switched to economics. Dr. Davidson finished his master’s at the City University of New York, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, both in economics. He has held numerous high positions within academia, think tanks, as well as the private sector, and currently holds the Holly Chair of Excellence in Political Economy, Emeritus, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Davidson offers a depth of knowledge on subjects such as monetary policy, macroeconomics, global payment systems, and income inequality. He is the founder of the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, and the author of 22 books, including "Who’s Afraid of John Maynard Keynes?", "Financial Markets, Money, and the Real World," and many more. Together, we discussed why economists didn’t see the 2007 financial crisis coming, why Hyman Minsky’s theory of boom and bust may have been exaggerated, and the role that savings and investment play within the economy.
Episode 42: The Poisoned Chalice: Dr. Galbraith returns
Dr. Galbraith is a world-renowned economist and son of the famous economist John Kenneth Galbraith. Dr. Galbraith earned his bachelor’s from Harvard and his master’s and Ph.D. from Yale. All in economics. From a young age, James worked within the U.S. Congress working on policy. He eventually worked his way up to the Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee role. He is also the Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he currently teaches. His latest book is titled "Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe." The book is a detailed investigation into the cause of the Greek Debt Crisis and an examination of post-crisis policy. In a series of essays and letters, Dr. Galbraith lays out the meaning of the Greek Debt Crisis and how Greece and the EU can move forward. Together we discussed the tension between national and EU governments, the political fallout caused by the debt crisis, and even brought up one of our favorite guests, Yanis Varoufakis.
Episode 41: Paul Craig Roberts explains the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump
Dr. Roberts served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy under the Reagan administration, where he worked on supply-side reforms like the Kemp-Roth bill. Mr. Roberts has taught at many prestigious institutions such as Tulane, Stanford, and Virginia Tech. As a senior researcher at the Hoover Institution, Dr. Roberts eventually earned the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has dozens of articles appearing in journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Oxford Economic Papers, and the Journal of Law and Economics. In addition to his journal articles, Dr. Roberts is the author of many books including "How America was Lost" and "The Supply Side Revolution." Together with Dr. Roberts, we discussed current geopolitics, how America lost its competitive advantage, and help explain the rise of global populist movements from both the right and left.
Episode 40: The famous Dr. Galbraith, but maybe not the one you were expecting
Dr. Galbraith is a world-renowned economist and son of the famous economist John Kenneth Galbraith. Dr. Galbraith earned his bachelor’s from Harvard and his master’s and Ph.D. from Yale, all in economics. From a young age, James worked within the U.S Congress working on policy. He eventually worked his way up to the Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee role. He was the former chair of the board of Economists for Peace and Security, a group of economists focusing on peace and international security. He is the director of the University of Texas Inequality Project and managing editor of "Structural Change and Economic Dynamics." He is also the Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he currently teaches. Together, we discussed global inequality, how the ideas of Henry George influenced China, and even debunked the efficient markets hypothesis.
Episode 39: Anwar Shaikh on capitalism
Dr. Shaikh draws from his experience of living in cities across the world including Ankara, Washington D.C., Lagos, New York, and many more. Mr. Shaikh received his bachelor's from Princeton and earned his Ph.D. from Columbia, both in economics. He is the author of "Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises" and "Measuring the Wealth of Nations." He is the author of many journals on topics such as macroeconomics, competition policy, and inequality. Together we discussed the fallacies behind mainstream economic theory, how history and anthropology play a bigger role in economics than we think, and why regulation isn't that useful of a tool for managing the economy.
Episode 38: Lord Adair Turner on the viability of capitalism
Lord Turner is the former Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, a think tank dedicated to fighting climate change through public policy. He is a senior fellow, and former chair, of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the organization affiliated with Jayati Ghosh from our previous episode. He has held numerous high positions at multinational corporations such as McKinsey, Chubb, and many more. He has given numerous lectures at prestigious schools such as the London School of Economics and MIT. He is the author of two books: "Economics after the Crisis" and "Between Debt and the Devil." Both are sobering analyses of current macroeconomic trends. We discussed the current state of capitalism, how policy from the ’80s contributes to today’s inequality, and why liberal policies don’t always work the way they are intended.
Episode 37: Scott Baker on how land value taxes can create more equal opportunities for all
Scott Baker is the president of Common Ground-NYC, a Georgist group focusing on social justice and economic equity for all. He is also a blogger for the Huffington Post, as well as the OpEdNews. He has written dozens of articles regarding land speculation and how to improve the real estate market. Together we discussed the economics of real estate, how land value taxes can generate more equal opportunity, and why New York was able to achieve a building boom in the 1920s but not now.
Episode 36: Environment, Ecology, and Economics: a systems approach with Dr. Charles Hall
Dr. Hall received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Colgate University and his master’s in Zoology from Penn State. After learning more about systems ecology in the field, Mr. Hall went on to earn his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Dr. Hall has spent his lifetime studying ecology, the environment, and its intersectionality within the economy. He participated in research at illustrious institutions such as the Brookhaven Institute in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Dr. Hall taught at numerous institutions. He is best known for his time at the State University of New York of Environmental Science and Forestry. Together, Dr. Hall and the Henry George School discussed why the mainstream economic framework overlooks environmental degradation, how more people can become aware of climate change, and why economic growth usually leads to pollution.
Episode 35: A talk with America's top Marxist economist
Dr. Wolff is known as America’s top Marxist economist. He earned his bachelor’s in history from Harvard, two master’s degrees in economics and history from Stanford and Yale, and his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, as well. Dr. Wolff has taught both economics and international affairs for decades. He began his teaching career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and eventually moved on to the New School. He appears in numerous journals as a critic of conventional capitalism and is a regular contributor to the "Monthly Review." He even has his own radio show where he breaks down current issues through a Marxist lens. Dr. Wolff and the Henry George School discussed post-WWII economic policy, how the US-China relationship affects the global world order, and why real wages stopped growing at a sustainable rate after the 1970s.
Episode 34: Separating growth from development with Dr. Herman Daly
Dr. Daly is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Texas, and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt. He is known chiefly for his time as a senior economist at the World Bank’s Environment Department. He is the co-founder of the journal of Ecological Economics and has written innumerable journal articles throughout the decades. He is the author of several books including "Toward a Steady-State Economy," "Valuing the Earth," "Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development," and many more. From the start, Dr. Daly has focused on sustainable development, ecological economics, and the role the state plays within the economy. His work has been quite fruitful as it has won him many awards, including Sweden’s Honorary Right Livelihood Award, the Dutch Heineken Prize for Environmental Science, Norway’s Sophie award for sustainable development, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from America’s National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Daly and the Henry George School discussed the growing de-growth movement, how societies can develop without harming natural endowments, and how mainstream economic indicators could be rethought to include environmental impact.
Episode 33: Exploring the fallacies of austerity with Dr. Mark Blyth
Dr. Blyth earned his bachelor’s in political science from the University of Strathclyde and went on to earn his master's and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. He has taught at multiple prestigious universities across America including Johns Hopkins University and Brown. He is an Eastman Professor at Brown’s Institute for International Studies and is a William R. Rhoades scholar as well. He is the author of several books including "Angrynomics," "Great Transformations," and "Austerity." His recent focus has been austerity: its consequences, benefits, and fallacies. Together, the Henry George School joined Dr. Blyth to discuss the economic impact of austerity measures, its policy origins throughout history, and alternatives to debt reduction.
Episode 32: How Henry George inspired the American progressive movement
Dr. O’Donnell earned his bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College and his Ph.D. in American history from Columbia. He is currently a history professor at Holy Cross, where he specializes in American and urban history. Dr. O’Donnell is the author of several books including "Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality," "Visions of America," and many more. He has had many appearances on TV and even has his own podcast, "In the Past Lane," where he explores history through interviews and featured pieces. Dr. Lough, who you may remember from our previous episode, earned her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in American history specializing in cultural, political, and social movements. Her dissertation was titled "The Last Tax: Henry George and the Social Politics of Land Reform." Dr. Lough is the former director of the Henry George Birthplace, Archive, and Historical Center. She is the author of "The Annotated Works of Henry George," a commentary on George’s seminal works: "Social Problems" (1883) and "The Condition of Labor" (1891). Together, we discussed Henry George’s political life and mayoral campaign, how George earned his working-class appeal, and how Henry George revolutionized and inspired the American progressive movement.
Episode 31: Dr. Thomas Palley explains how financialization changed capitalism
Dr. Palley earned his bachelor’s degree from Oxford University and both his master’s and Ph.D. in Economics and International Relations from Yale University. Thomas has been featured in numerous prominent journals and has featured in publications such as "The Atlantic Monthly," "American Prospect," and "The Nation." He previously served as Chief Economist for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, an independent arm of government that analyzes bilateral trade between the US and China. Dr. Palley has authored several books including "Restoring Shared Prosperity," "Financialization," "The Economic Crisis," and "From Financial Crisis to Stagnation." Dr. Palley joined the Henry George School to discuss his vision of periods of American economic history, how the myth of “free markets” precluded the reality of mixed-market economies, and how financialization changes firms’ social behavior.
Episode 30: Analyzing macroeconomic trends with Richard Duncan
Mr. Duncan majored in literature and economics at Vanderbilt University and went on to receive his master's from Babson College in international finance. He was the global head of investment strategy at ABN AMRO Asset Management in London, a financial sector specialist at the World Bank, a consultant for the IMF, and was in charge of equity research at James Capel Securities and Salomon Brothers in Bangkok. Quite the resume to say the least. Richard studies the trends leading up to recent crises and what causes them. He is the author of four books titled "The Dollar Crisis," "The Corruption of Capitalism," "The New Depression," and his latest, "The Money Revolution." In his free time, Mr. Duncan publishes a bi-weekly newsletter called "Macro Watch," which offers analyses of current macroeconomic trends. The Henry George School joined Mr. Duncan to discuss how consumer credit shrank post-WWII debt, how the Federal Reserve dealt with stagflation, and how the US transitioned from a domestic to a global economy and its impacts.
Episode 29: The life and influence of Henry George with Dr. Alexandra W. Lough
Dr. Lough earned her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in American history, specializing in cultural, political, and social movements. Her dissertation was titled "The Last Tax: Henry George and the Social Politics of Land Reform." She is the former director of the Henry George Birthplace, Archive, and Historical Center. She is the author of "The Annotated Works of Henry George," a commentary on George’s seminal works: "Social Problems" (1883) and "The Condition of Labor" (1891). Dr. Lough joined the Henry George School to discuss Henry George's life, how other economists responded to George’s philosophy, and how local decision-makers implemented Georgist ideas into their policy.
Episode 28: Dr. Jayati Ghosh on the global growth of socialist movements
Dr. Ghosh is an Indian economist who specializes in Development Economics. Dr. Ghosh earned her bachelor’s degree from Delhi University and her master’s from Jawaharlal Nehru University, both in economics. She later left India to study at Cambridge University, England, where she wrote a doctoral thesis called "Non-capitalist rent theories and the case of Northern India." She is currently the Chairperson of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University, her alma mater. She has taught at numerous universities across India, as well as other prestigious schools such as Tufts and Cambridge University. Dr. Ghosh is the founder of the Economic Research Foundation, a progressive research non-profit focusing on data and econometrics. She is also the Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS), a group of economists who critique economic orthodoxy. In addition to publishing multiple scholarly articles, Dr. Ghosh is also an economics columnist for Business Line, Frontline Magazine, and many more. She has worked in numerous government positions across the Indian government focusing on policies concerning welfare, agriculture, and education. Dr. Ghosh joined the Henry George School to discuss the growth of leftist political movements across the world, the Greek Debt Crisis, and what, if anything, the role of the state should be within the economy.
Episode 27: Dr. Ravi Batra on what led to the sky-high inequality we experience today
Dr. Batra attained his bachelor’s degree from Punjab University, his master’s from the Delhi School of Economics, and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, all in Economics. He is currently an Economics professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is the author of dozens of published articles in journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of the Political Economy, the Journal of Economic Theory, and many more. He is the author of seven books, five of which are New York Times Best Sellers. His most prominent, and the focus of our discussion, is "End Unemployment Now." We were lucky enough to join Dr. Batra in discussing the growth of post-World War II inequality, how the accumulation of debt affects socioeconomic classes differently, and how anti-trust can help working class families.
Episode 26: Jeff Smith on how to enact Georgist policies with sustainable political momentum
Jeff received a linguistics degree from California State University. Mr. Smith is a Georgist scholar and social justice activist who has promoted Georgist policies throughout his career. Mr. Smith is the author of "Counting Bounty," a book that examines the economic value of land and all of the earth’s natural resources. He served as the Director of Education at Basic Economic Education in San Diego and was the Chief Editor at Progress.org, a blog that promotes progressive policy perspectives. Jeff is also known for publishing "The Geonomist," which won a California Greenlight award. He has helped the city of Portland research new transportation policies and is a member of the International Society for Ecological Economics. Mr. Smith joined us to discuss how he helped form the Green Party in California, how progressive activist groups can build sustainable political momentum, and how Universal Basic Income may not be as helpful as some policymakers think.
Episode 25: Helping the planet and reducing inequality through carbon wealth taxes, a discussion
Dr. Semmler earned his doctorate from the Free University of Berlin in Germany. He is the author of several books including "Sustainable Accumulation and Dynamic Portfolio Decisions" and has appeared in numerous economic journals such as the Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organizations, and Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. Dr. Chappe received her masters in Comparative Business Law and received her Ph.D. in Economics. Mr. Bastos Neves is a current Ph.D. at the New School of Social Research where he focuses on climate change, development finance, and macroeconomics. Together, the three talked about the impacts of carbon taxes, how taxes have impacted inequality, and how private investment patterns have changed throughout the years.
Episode 24: Edward Nell's macroeconomic analysis of the E.U. and the U.S.
Dr. Nell attained his bachelor's from Princeton University with an economics degree and his master's and Ph.D. from Oxford University in England, after being awarded the Rhodes Scholarship. Mr. Nell has taught at numerous universities in the U.S and across the globe including Wesleyan, Bennington College, McGill University, Bard College, and the University of Siena. He has written for many economic journals on topics such as macroeconomic theory, development, and monetary and financial analysis. He is also the author of "The General Theory of Transformational Growth," "Making Sense of a Changing Economy," and many, many more. Together, we listened to Dr. Nell's analysis of the E.U.’s response to the Greek government-debt crisis, why wages haven’t kept up with productivity in advanced economies, and how globalization has negatively impacted the U.S. economy.
Episode 23: The negative impacts of free trade and globalization most economists don't think about
Mr. Tonelson received his bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and is currently a Research Fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council, a lobbying group that fights for the growth of domestic manufacturing in the United States. He was also a fellow at the Henry Stimson Center and Economic Strategy Institute where he focused on the economic impacts of manufacturing and offshoring. Mr. Tonelson runs his blog RealityChek, which focuses on domestic production, U.S. trade deficits, free trade, and globalization. He is the author of "Race To The Bottom" which examines the role free trade and globalization have on declining wages and global labor standards. Mr. Tonelson talked about the domestic economic impacts of offshoring, protective tariffs, and how free trade helped create the 2007 Financial Crisis.
Episode 22: Debunking mainstream economics with Steve Keen
Dr. Keen is known for his criticisms of orthodox economic thinking and its detachment from reality. Mr. Keen received his bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney. He went on to complete his master's degree and Ph.D. in Economics and Economic History from the University of New South Wales. He is the author of several books on economics, of which the two most famous are "Debunking Economics" and "The New Economics." Both are critiques of modern economic theory that discuss debt deflation and financial instability. Dr. Keen has taught at the University of Western Sydney and Kingston University in London. He briefly worked as a fellow at the Centre for Policy Development in Australia. Dr. Keen has since retired and is now leading the development of a software platform called Minsky, which will be used to create visual models for national economies that are more accurate than previous iterations. Together we discussed the flaws behind the neoclassical economic framework, how human beings’ nature directly contradicts the current philosophical underpinnings in economics, and how firms can get away with charging prices above their marginal costs.
Episode 21: Martin Ford on how artificial intelligence and robotics will change the economy entirely
Martin received his bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his master’s in Business from UCLA. Mr. Ford is a futurist and a New York Times Best Seller. He is the author of four books: The Rule of the Robots, Architects of Intelligence, The Rise of the Robots, and The Lights in the Tunnel. All his books focus on technology, robotics, artificial intelligence, and their socioeconomic impacts. He serves as an artificial intelligence expert and helps to manage Societe Generale’s Rise of the Robots index, a basket of stocks that profits from the growth of AI technology companies. Mr. Ford explained to us the power of technological progress, how information technology can create sustainable prosperity, and how automation will affect employment for both educated and uneducated workers.
Episode 20: Eamonn Fingleton on how deindustrialization and free trade weakened the American economy
Mr. Fingleton graduated from Trinity College in Ireland, where he earned his degree in Economics, Mathematics, and English. Mr. Fingleton worked for over 27 years as a journalist in Tokyo serving as an editor for the Financial Times and Forbes, covering Asia and globalization. Mr. Fingleton is the author of three books: In Praise of Hard Industry, In the Jaws of the Dragon, and Unsustainable. He has been featured in notable publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and the Harvard Business Review. Together with Mr. Fingleton, we discussed the problems caused by deindustrialization, how free trade can hurt domestic production in the long term, and whether or not free trade is always a good idea.
Episode 19: How property taxes can stop land speculation with Edward J. Dodson
Mr. Dodson attended Shippensburg University and Temple University where he received his economics degree. Mr. Dodson worked for Fannie Mae, a public-private partnership, to help distribute home mortgage loans. During his time at Fannie Mae, Mr. Dodson held numerous management and analyst positions within the Housing & Community Development group, helping grow neighborhoods and local communities. He also has extensive experience as a history lecturer at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute and the Learning is For Everyone program at Burlington County College. Mr. Dodson is the author of a three-volume work titled "The Discovery of First Principles," and many of his articles and papers on diverse subjects have been published in periodicals and journals. In 1997 he founded an online education and research project, the School of Cooperative Individualism.
We were lucky enough to talk with Mr. Dodson about land value taxation, how bad tax policy can incentivize risky speculation, and why the teachings of Henry George are rarely discussed in mainstream economics classes.
Episode 18: Yanis Varoufakis explains his critique of Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Dr. Varoufakis is a Greek economist and politician who attained his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. Dr. Varoufakis is the founder and secretary-general of the European Realistic Disobedience Front, a progressive leftward party, which is part of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025. He served as Greek Finance Minister in 2015 and is a current member of the Greek Parliament. Dr. Varoufakis explained his critique of Capital in the 21st Century, by Thomas Piketty, why mainstream economic frameworks ignore inequality, and how Piketty’s solution to alleviating poverty falls short.
Episode 17: Dr. Anwar Shaikh explains the negative impact of free trade most economists miss
Dr. Shaikh draws from his experience of living in cities across the world including Ankara, Washington D.C., Lagos, New York, and more. Mr. Shaikh received his bachelor's degree from Princeton and earned his Ph.D. from Columbia, both in economics. He is the author of Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises and Measuring the Wealth of Nations. He is the author of many journals on topics such as macroeconomics, competition, inequality, and many more. Shaikh discusses the effects of the Bretton Woods agreement, how countries like Japan and South Korea gain a competitive advantage through high productivity and low wages, and the negative impacts of free trade most economists don’t think about.
Episode 16: Learning about different economic systems with Edward Nell
Dr. Nell attained his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in economics and his master's and Ph.D. from Oxford University. Dr. Nell has taught at numerous universities in the U.S. and across the world, including Wesleyan, Bennington College, McGill University, Bard College, and the University of Siena. He has written for many economic journals on topics such as macroeconomic theory, development, and monetary and financial analysis. He is also the author of The General Theory of Transformational Growth, Making Sense of a Changing Economy, and many, many more. Together, with Dr. Nell, we discussed manorialism, different economic systems throughout the centuries, and historical insights offered by Marx and Keynes.
Episode 15: Examining inequality and welfare programs with Dr. Charles Murray
Dr. Murray earned his bachelor's in history from Harvard and attained his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Murray is a Hayek Chair of Cultural Studies and W.H. Brady scholar at the American Enterprise Institute where he focuses on society, culture, and universal basic income. He is the author of Losing Ground, The Bell Curve, Coming Apart, and Facing Reality. Our discussion with Dr. Murray includes welfare reforms in the 1960s, the inequality between the wealthy and working-class, and how the economic elites in the 1960s differ from modern elites.
Episode 14: Assessing land value with Ted Gwartney
Ted Gwartney was the executive director of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, an organization that promotes the ideas of Henry George. He has worked as a land assessor both domestically and internationally, where he learned to optimize land values in order to create robust funding for government projects. Ted has written several pieces on land assessment and real estate policy. Mr. Gwartney joined us to discuss how his experiences in land assessment influenced his Georgist philosophy, land and real estate policy, and how speculation can deter healthy economic growth.
Episode 13: How Dr. Fred Foldvary used Georgist economics to predict the '08 Financial Crisis
Fred Foldvary received his Bachelor's from UC Berkeley and his Master's and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He taught at Virginia Tech, Santa Clara University, and San Jose State. Mr. Foldvary was a research fellow at the Independent Institute and is the author of several books on economics. Dr. Foldvary joins us to discuss his examination of the business cycle and how he predicted the Great Recession, what fuels boom and bust cycles, and how to counteract the negative effects of offshoring.
Episode 12: Is America as economically mobile as it used to be?
Our former president, Andrew Mazzone, was joined by Dr. George R. Tyler to discuss economic mobility in America. Doctor Tyler’s career began as an economic advisor to senators Hubert Humphrey and Lloyd Bentsen. He was appointed to the role of Deputy Treasury Assistant Secretary by Bill Clinton, and in 1995 became a senior official at the World Bank. In 1997, Tyler founded a real estate investment firm to help build homes in Virginia.
Episode 11: Rick Rybeck on funding infrastructure needed for development
Rick Rybeck joins us to discuss Land Value Return and Recycling, an equitable and innovative funding strategy for making our cities resilient and prosperous. Mr. Rybeck received his master's in Real Estate and Urban Development from American University and his JD from the American University Washington College of law. He is the founder and Director of Just Economics LLC, a firm founded in order to guide policy towards helping families. Their goal is to promote job creation, affordable housing, transportation efficiency, and sustainable development.
Episode 10: Patrick Condon explains how we can make urbanization more sustainable
Patrick Condon joins us this week for our discussion on sustainable urban planning. Mr. Condon received his master's in landscape architecture from Umass Amherst and has over 25 years of experience in sustainable urban design. Patrick started his academic career in 1985 at the University of Minnesota before moving to the University of British Columbia in 1992. After acting as the director of the landscape architecture program, he became the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments. As Chair, he worked to advance sustainable urban design in numerous neighborhoods in the US, Canada, and Australia. Mr. Condon's newest book, Sick City: Disease, Race, Inequality, and Urban Land, features throughout our discussion and is available online. Together we discussed different housing policies across the world, Georgist land taxes, and how cities and towns can become more sustainable.
Episode 9: Robert Chirinko examines the role of state banks within development
Our episode this week comes from our discussion with Robert Chirinko and his examination of state banks within local economies. Together we discussed the trade-offs of state versus national banks, centralization versus decentralization, and a brief history of recent state bank failures. Dr. Chirinko’s research examines business behavior with a focus on capital formation, banking, financial markets, corporate governance and finance, macroeconomics, and tax policy. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and has held faculty positions at Cornell University, the University of Chicago and full-time visiting positions at Stanford University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois at Chicago, he was on the faculty of Emory University where he was the Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Social Sciences. He is currently a professor in the Finance Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a research fellow at the Center for Economic Studies in Munich, and an affiliate and member of the Faculty Advisory Panel for the Government Finance Research Center.
Episode 8: A world without money, interest, or debt with Thomas Greco
In this week's episode, Mr. Thomas Greco helps examine a world without money, interest, or debt. Together, we discussed central banks’ role in the economy, how money and wealth are created, and how we can achieve economic equity and justice. Mr. Greco is a scholar, author, educator, and community economist who has been working at the leading edge of transformational restructuring for more than 35 years. He is widely regarded as a leading authority on moneyless exchange systems, community currencies, financial innovation, community-based economic development, and is a widely sought-after international speaker.
Episode 7: Transitioning to a green economy with Robert Werner
This week we were lucky enough to talk to Robert Werner about a green economy. Mr. Werner talked to us about carbon pricing, carbon dividends, and the economic costs of climate change. Werner earned his degree in Urban Studies from New York University, and since then has joined Citizens Climate Lobby and is New York State Co-coordinator.
Episode 6: Michael Morris introduces the circular economy
Dr. Morris received his doctorate from Liverpool University and later went on to become a post-doctoral fellow at Imperial College in London, before moving to Strathclyde University as a lecturer. He was appointed to a post in Materials Chemistry at UCC in 1993 and, while there, held the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry. We were lucky enough to talk with Dr. Morris about sustainability, the difference between a linear and circular economy, and the history of the circular economy.
Episode 5: Fiscal Policy Reform with Dan Sullivan
In this episode Dan Sullivan examines how our tax systems responded in the light of the pandemic and draws lessons as to how we should raise public revenue for prosperity, sustainability and fiscal resilience. Dan Sullivan is a Georgist scholar, former President of the Council of Georgist Organizations (CGO), and Director of Saving Communities, a Pennsylvania-based association that promotes fiscal integrity and economic justice.
Episode 4: Jack Rasmus on America's healthcare system and lessons from the pandemic
This episode comes from our Annual Conference: Rebuilding the Economy After the Pandemic. The series begins with Dr. Jack Rasmus who spoke to us about the U.S. healthcare system and the COVID-19 pandemic. Together we spoke about the vulnerabilities exposed by the pandemic, how inequality exacerbates these vulnerabilities, and possible reforms to improve the system.
Episode 3: Debate on global economic issues with Yanis Varoufakis and Scott Baker
In this episode, Andrew Mazzone hosts a debate between Yanis Varoufakis and Scott Baker. Dr. Varoufakis is the former Greek Finance Minister and a current member of the Hellenic Parliament. Scott Baker is the President of Common Ground-NYC, and a blogger for the Huffington Post and Oped News. The two discuss the effects of the Bretton Woods Agreement, the post-World War II recovery, economic solutions to a rising China, and the dichotomy of open borders for finance but not humans.
Episode 2: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts discusses the decline of US economy
In this episode, Andrew Mazzone interviews Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and discusses the decline of the U.S. economy. Dr. Roberts talks about the “hubris and arrogance” in Washington, powerful private interest groups that run the country, the effects of off-shoring, and about the declining power of the United States and the dollar.
Episode 1: Dr. Gregory Clark discusses unequal societies
This is an interview with Dr. Gregory Clark, Distinguished Professor of Economics at UC-Davis, and a Visiting Professor in the Economic History Department at LSE.
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.