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How Useful Is Modern Money Theory for Developing Countries?

October 9, 2019

MMT is gaining traction among progressives as an option for paying for massive government spending projects such as the Green New Deal. Even if it is useful for countries such as the U.S., can it be applied in developing countries? PERI’s Matías Vernengo says only to a limited extent.

China vs NBA: That Tweet Is No Slam Dunk

October 8, 2019

A tweet from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey provoked Chinese TV into banning an upcoming NBA game.  So instead of talking about Uighur concentration camps, the murder of Chinese protestors, or the upcoming trade war, US media is asking about the future of NBA-China relations.

California Legalizes Public Banking

October 8, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that lets municipalities sponsor public banks, and Los Angeles’ City Council is creating a proposal for one. David Jette of Public Bank LA says this will help cities and counties invest in affordable housing and renewable energy.

Laura Flanders Show: How Can Municipal Government Promote Economic Democracy?

October 8, 2019

New York, NY…its a city with close to 100 billion dollar budget every year and 1 deputy mayor with some pretty creative plans for how to spend it.  What can one city do? And what’s it gonna take to create a non-racist democracy? J Phillip Thompson, NYC Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives is my…

How Neo-Liberals Profit off of Poverty

October 8, 2019

The story of how a millionaire CEO’s critique of Squeegee kids led to monetizing their suffering and points to a process that makes neoliberalism an engine for inequality.

GOP Lobbyists Behind Gas Industry ‘Empowerment Alliance’ Oppose Green New Deal

October 7, 2019

The group’s spokesman is the former press secretary for U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and the 2004 Bush campaign. It does not disclose its funders over concerns of “eco-terrorists.”

California Emission Standards Have Trump Admin Blowing Smoke

October 7, 2019

The Trump administration plans to remove the state’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those mandated by the federal government. TRNN’s Steve Horn says this could be an opportunity to discuss how to move past inadequate liberal environmental policy.

With Rikers Island Jail to Close, Activists Fight Against Four New Jails

October 7, 2019

Eddie Conway speaks to Brittany Williams and Ngozi Alston from No New Jails NYC about the four new jails planned for construction in New York in 2020, which have $11 billion earmarked for their construction and will be the tallest jails in the world. They say these will continue the legacy of mass incarceration.

US Supreme Court to Decide Fate Of Baltimore v. Big Oil Suit

October 4, 2019

The city sued 26 oil and gas companies over their role in the climate crisis, but the companies have appealed to the Supreme Court to stop the case from proceeding at the state level.

Toronto Food Couriers Are Unionizing to Battle Gig Economy Conditions

October 4, 2019

Foodora couriers in Toronto are facing the same unstable, irregular conditions as other gig economy workers. They’re organizing a union to fight back.