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Dave Rubin interviews Yanis Varoufakis

Below. Interview begins at 4.20:[embedded content]This interview is embarrassing, and embarrassing because of Varoufakis’ nonsense. That Yanis Varoufakis thinks that his arguments as former Greek finance minister against EU demands for austerity and a budget surplus in Greece were “Reaganite” is simply bizarre. Wasn’t Yanis in favour of Keynesian stimulus and debt restructuring?And, even worse, Varoufakis now says the influences on his economic thinking include Hayek and Mises, as much as...

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Stephen Cohen on the Latest Anti-Russian Hysteria

In some great analysis in the interviews below with Stephen Cohen. This man should be US Secretary of State.First, see the audio interviews here and here.Secondly, see these videos:[embedded content]And in earlier interviews from late December, 2016:[embedded content][embedded content]Realist LeftRealist Left on Twitter @realistleftRealist Left on RedditRealist Left BlogRealist Left on YouTubeLord Keynes on FacebookSocial Democracy for the 21st Century: A Realist...

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Steve Keen on Global Economics in 2017

Steve Keen in an, umm, “unconventional” interview:[embedded content]I am fascinated to hear that Keen is predicting the breakup of the Eurozone by 2021. Also, that Trump will implement a huge stimulus.Thank god, Steve Keen does not fall for the anti-Putin and anti-Russian insanity so prevalent at the moment in the media.

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Alt Left Links

Sick of the modern cultural left? Sick of the regressive left? Sick of leftist political correctness, identity politics, and SJW insanity, but you still think of yourself as left-wing? Well, there’s no need to become a conservative, because there’s now an Alternative Left / Alt Left, with a small but growing internet presence. I identify with what I would call the “Realist Left,” but I am happy for this to be seen as within a broad “Alt Left” movement.Here is an updated list of sites:Alt...

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Deirdre McCloskey on Liberalism, Trump and Free Trade

She is interviewed by Dave Rubin here:[embedded content]I have to admit that I don’t know much about Deirdre McCloskey, but on the basis of this interview, she strikes me as an absurd pro-free market ideologue.Let’s take a couple of the points raised in this video:(1) she claims that the original arguments in favour of the minimum wage were to exclude blacks, immigrants and women from the labour force. I have no idea if this is correct, but let’s assume it is. She then jumps to a pathetic...

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L. Randall Wray on Imagining Economics

Another interesting interview with L. Randall Wray, on “imagining economics” in an age of Stein, Clinton, and Trump, from a few months ago:[embedded content]Realist LeftRealist Left on Twitter @realistleftRealist Left on RedditRealist Left BlogRealist Left on YouTubeLord Keynes on FacebookSocial Democracy for the 21st Century: A Realist Alternative to the Modern LeftAlt Left on the Internet:Alternative Left on FacebookAlt-Left on Google+Samizdat Broadcasts YouTube...

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L. Randall Wray on Modern Money Theory, Intellectual Origins and Policy Implications

L. Randall Wray gives a great lecture here on Modern Money Theory, including the history of MMT:[embedded content]Realist LeftRealist Left on Twitter @realistleftRealist Left on RedditRealist Left BlogRealist Left on YouTubeLord Keynes on FacebookSocial Democracy for the 21st Century: A Realist Alternative to the Modern LeftAlt Left on the Internet:Alternative Left on FacebookAlt-Left on Google+Samizdat Broadcasts YouTube ChannelSamizdat: For the Freedom Loving...

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L. Randall Wray on Taxes

L. Randall Wray, an MMT economist, gives a very interesting perspective on taxes:[embedded content]Certainly raising taxes in the midst of a depression, recession or period of weak aggregate demand and large-scale unemployment is a bad idea. But it is fascinating indeed to hear L. Randall Wray give the left heterodox case for lowering corporate taxes and payroll taxes. If I am not mistaken, some of these ideas on taxes discussed here are derived from the thinking of Hyman Minsky. While this...

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Realist Left replies to Robert Lindsay

Robert Lindsay has an interesting post here on the Alt Left.Realist Left (whose Twitter account is here) posted an excellent reply to this on the Alternative Left Facebook page, especially on the question of Marxism/Communism in the Alt Left:“A not-so-brief reply to Robert Lindsay, with regards to the role of Communists, Anarchists, Marxists, the ‘Left wing of the Alt-Right’, conservatives, etc. within the ‘Realist Left’ and ‘Alt Left’ in general (to the extent that we and I are a part of...

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Steve Keen on “Teaching Economics the Pluralist Way”

Steve Keen gives a talk below on “Teaching Economics the Pluralist Way,” which was given to the Amsterdam Rethinking Economics students in the Netherlands:[embedded content]Realist LeftRealist Left on Twitter @realistleftRealist Left on RedditRealist Left BlogRealist Left on YouTubeLord Keynes on FacebookSocial Democracy for the 21st Century: A Realist Alternative to the Modern LeftAlt Left on the Internet:Alternative Left on FacebookAlt-Left on Google+Samizdat...

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