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#079 UK Election Special
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June 09, 2017 01:17 PM PDT
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A UK Election Special with regulars C. Derick Varn and Doug Lain, where two yanks slate the election for not ushering in a communist revolution, and one exiled paddy gets all in a fluster for Jeremy, his meme army, and the possibilities for an alien invasion led communist revolution. Enjoy!

#078 MMT & Crisis
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March 28, 2017 09:34 AM PDT
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This week I am delighted to welcome back Alexander Douglas to show. Alex is a lecturer in philosophy at St. Andrews University, and is the author of ‘The Philosophy Of Debt’. This show digs deeper into the murky world of understanding the differences and possible syntheses between MTT and Marxist economics. We discuss the problems an inflationary crisis poses to MMT, the stability of MMT and a job guarantee under times of duress, and Kalecki’s class based critique of full employment policies. We also discuss keynsian accounting identities, what they mean for marx’s ideas on profits driving investment, and the impact of government investment upon our understanding of Marxist economics. Enjoy!

#077 Show me the Money Derick!
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January 24, 2017 09:27 AM PST
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This week I am delighted to welcome back C. Derick Varn to show. Derick, a regular guest, last appeared on the show on the Donald Trump Election special. I got quite a bit of feedback on that show, with a number of requests to get Derick back on the pod, to set him straight on MMT. What starts out as a feisty affair, eventually settles into a Marxist love-in, where we end up essentially agreeing about everything, and decide to get married. We also discuss the idea of a Church of Marx, something very dear to my heart.

The music on this episode was:
‘The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
‘Song no.1.’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra

Enjoy!

#076 The City
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December 30, 2016 01:51 PM PST
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This week I am delighted to welcome Tony Norfield to the show to talk about his excellent new book: 'The City: London and the Global Power of Finance'. We discuss the role of Britain in the current geopolitical scene, and how and why finance plays such an important role in the UK economy. We also talk about why neoliberalism is such an overused and misused term, the recent Brexit fiasco, and the rise of China with it's new Silk Road.

You can find Tony's book here:
https://www.versobooks.com/books/2103-the-city

You can also find Tony's excellent blog here:
http://economicsofimperialism.blogspot.co.uk/

On music on this episode was:
‘The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
‘Song no.1.’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra

Enjoy!

#075 The Bittersweet Science Pt.2
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December 08, 2016 01:29 PM PST
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This week we have part two of our discussion with Charles Farrell, where we delve into the murky world of high stakes sports-betting, his appearance in the new documentary film ‘Dirty Games’, and his life-changing meeting with a two headed calf.

You can find out more about the film Dirty Games here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5068818/

And you can find out more about the book ‘The Bittersweet Science’ here:

http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/B/bo22758559.html

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'A Couple of Show-Offs' by Charles Farrell

#074 The Bittersweet Science Pt.1
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November 24, 2016 01:25 PM PST
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This week we have a change of tack, a complete break from the Donald and that jazz. We delve into the shady of world of Professional Boxing, with the former Boxing Manager, Gambler, Gangster, Jazz Pianist, Writer, and Fight-Fixer, Charles Farrell. Boxing is a sport that has always fascinated me. It’s much more than a mere sport - it’s a metaphor for life itself, full of light and shadow, failure and redemption. Charles has led a life of a pulp-fiction novel character, from living on the streets of Boston from the age of 12, and playing piano in the hotels and brothels of Boston, to managing former heavyweight champion of the world, Leon Spinks. Charles is also starring in a new documentary, Ditry Games, about the corruption and fixing in the world of sport, and is appearing in the new book ‘The Bittersweet Science’, a collection of essays from some of the greatest writers on boxing, which is due out early next year from the University of Chicago Press.

You can find out more about the film Dirty Games here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5068818/

And you can find out more about the book ‘The Bittersweet Science’ here:
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/B/bo22758559.html

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'I Love This Place' by Charles Farrell

#073 US Election Special
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November 09, 2016 01:13 PM PST
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In a first for the podcast, we do a live hangout with Doug Lain and C. Derick Varn to talk about todays Donald Trump election victory. We discuss race, gender, geo-politics, the falling rate of profit, economic stimulus, and manage to disagree and agree on absolutely everything. Enjoy!

#072 The Long Depression
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November 01, 2016 12:14 PM PDT
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After an unplanned hiatus, I am delighted to welcome back Michael Roberts to the show. Michael has a new book just out, called ‘The Long Depression: How it happened, why it happened, and what happens next’. We discuss the main thesis of the book - the idea of a long depression, the problems with Keynesian accounting identities, the hopes for a capitalist revival, and chances of a breakdown.

You can find Michael’s blog here:
https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/

You can buy his book here:
https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/693-the-long-depression

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'No Woman' by Whitney

Enjoy!

#071 Solar To The Rescue?
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August 04, 2016 01:21 PM PDT
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This week I am delighted to welcome back Ugo Bardi to the show. Ugo is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Florence, and the man behind the Cassandras Legacy blog, where he writes about resource depletion, climate change, and renewable energy amongst other things. We discuss the recent drop in global C02 emissions and what it means for our global economic system, the hopes for a soft landing post peak-oil and coal, solar panels as our great saviour, and his thoughts on the likelihood of global demographic decline.

You can find Ugo’s blog here:
http://cassandralegacy.blogspot.co.uk/

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'Luce Cannon ' by White Isles

#070 Money And Power
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July 15, 2016 01:47 PM PDT
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This week, I am delighted to welcome Alexander Douglas, a lecturer in philosophy at St. Andrews University, to the show, to talk about his recent book: The Philosophy Of Debt. It was great to talk to Alex about the nature of debt and money, and how all of this stuff is explicitly linked to the power relations and class structure of our society. We also got to talk about how this MMT stuff can be viewed or fits in from a Marxist point of view, a synthesis of which I think could be extremely fruitful.

You can find Alex’s blog here:
https://originofspecious.wordpress.com/about/

You can find Alex’s book here:
https://www.routledge.com/The-Philosophy-of-Debt/Douglas/p/book/9781138929746

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'People Move Along' by Pipe-eye

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