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Disclaimer: I am a layperson who has studied MMT since February of 2018. I’m not an economist or academic and I don’t speak for the MMT project. The information in this post is my best understanding but I don’t assert it to be perfectly accurate. In order to ensure accuracy, you should rely on the expert sources linked throughout. If you have feedback to improve this post, please get in touch.
Note that all episode numbers and release dates are subject to change.
Ep 65 [2/2] Hannah Judson: Mental illness, anxiety, and MMT.
Hannah and I discuss how early trauma has affected us, how we came to terms manage it today, and how the lens of MMT helps us see things differently. A brief highlight:
Ep 66 [1/2,1/4]: Asker Voldsgaard & Dirk Ehnts: Mainstream versus MMT.
Asker is a Danish PhD student in Innovation and Public Policy with an MA in International Political Economy and Political Science, and Dirk a PhD. economist based in Berlin. They wrote a 2020 paper in response to a 2019 paper by Danish mainstream economist Jeppe Druedahl, which expresses general confusion and concern about MMT. More specifically, however, the paper details mainstream economics’ grave concern about the potential long-term fiscal sustainability of government spending, and its corresponding debt and interest on the debt. Asker and Dirk walk through both their experience writing the paper, and a summary of the response to the main concerns.
Both papers can be found near the bottom of this post: What are some **good-faith** criticisms of Modern Money Theory (MMT)? This conversation with Asker and Dirk, and my research for it, inspired this new MMT resource post: The long-term fiscal sustainability of government spending (is a non-issue).
This interview is part one of a larger four-part series on the basics of mainstream economics and its relationship to MMT. Part two and three are with Sam Levey (will be released to patrons soon). Part four will be a followup with Asker and Dirk on the larger story of political economy, pluralism, and discrimination at the hands of neoclassical economists – and the nearly infinite power of the state that backs them.
Ep66 [1/2-2/4]: Sam Levey: The core assumptions of mainstream economics (and an update on Sam’s Phd.)
Sam was my very first guest, before I even realized I had a podcast (this conversation inspired my to start it) [parts one and two]. Sam and I talk about the most important and prominent assumptions of mainstream/neoclassical economics. Our starting point is the paper by Jeppe Druedahl, as discussed in last week’s episode with Asker Voldsgaard and Dirk Ehnts.
Ep67 [2/2-3/4]: Sam Levey: The core assumptions of mainstream economics
My conversation with Sam continues. This is part two of two with Sam, and part three of four on the topic of mainstream economics.
Ep 70 [1/2]: Jane Ball: The problems with mainstream Marxism.
Jane is a second-year and earned an undergraduate minor in international economics, at a conservative business school during the heart of the Iraq war. Jane enjoyed the philosophy, theory, and history of economics, but strongly disliked the math and calculus. It took more than a decade to realize that it was not their understanding of mainstream economics and its math that was faulty or lacking, but the economics itself that made no sense.
Jane discusses their views on the flaws of Marxism, not as it is, but as its popularly understood. Jane says this is primarily due to supporters inappropriately accepting and attempting to work around mainstream assumptions instead of rejecting them outright.
Ep 71 [2/2]: Jane Ball: Government-designed racist zoning to prevent popular uprising.
Jane and I discuss their two academic-style articles on UBI and deliberate racist zoning policies set up by the government nearly a century ago. Jane says it was a deliberate attempt to divide people up from the very beginning, in order to prevent a popular uprising as happened in the Russian revolution. The primary tool for doing this is to dangle large homes in the faces of white people.
Ep 72 [2/4]: Panayotis “Poti” Giannakouros: An interactive introduction to MMT (part 1/2)
(This episode does not yet have an introduction.)
Not an interview, but a complete, interactive, and unique introduction to Modern Money Theory, as conducted by the very first recipient of a PhD through an MMT lens, which he received at UMKC in 1999. It starts with the concept of state power, then proceeds to imposing and forgiving liabilities, and then the definitions of debt, deficit, and a job guarantee. This is part one of a two-hour conference call between ten people including Poti; me; progressive journalist Walker Bragman; the managing editor of The Young Turks, Jonathan Larsen; and activist Ramona Massachi (my guest on episodes 47 and 48)
This is also part of a larger four part series, in which parts one and four will be an interview with Poti on his personal and economic background, and a follow up on his introductory lesson. A brief highlight from episode 70:
Ep 73 [3/4]: Panayotis “Poti” Giannakouros: An interactive introduction to MMT (part 2/2)
(This episode does not yet have an introduction.)
The introduction lesson is closed out and followed by an in-depth question and answer session. A brief highlight: