To help people think about some of the economic issues facing the 99%, in particular as the U.S. elections draw close, we have collected together a series of four programs that we have done that relate to government economic policy, how it effects the 99%, what kinds of changes we might want to push for, and how we might go about doing it.
Two of these shows, interviews with U. Mass Boston Professor Arjun Jayadev on money and fiscal policy, are largely theoretical background, important for understanding the particulars of any proposed policy. The others, with activist Mike Prokosch on the military budget, and activists Michael Kane and Molly Hannon on the federal budget, in general, and on the Budget for All referendum question that will appear on many Massachusetts ballots on Nov. 6, deal more with specifics. This post contains brief descriptions of each show, with links to download or listen to the program, and a link to the original program notes.
At the end of this post, we have links to some outside sites that have more information on these issues.
Note that, in the opinion of those of us involved with FSU-Radio, none of the current crop of candidates is likely to do the right thing on any of these issues, if left to themselves. But “we the people” do not need to leave the candidates to themselves. The question facing us as voters and activists is which candidate would be easier to push in a better direction. It’s not for us to tell you which candidates we think that would mean. We only suggest that you think about the election in that light.
Money, Debt & the Federal Reserve Bank w/ Arjun Jayadev
Professor Jayadev talks about what money “really” is, how banks “create” money, why we don’t want to be on a “gold standard”, and the role of the Federal Reserve Bank. (This show predated this blog, so we do not have an original program listing for it.)
02/15/12 Money, Debt & the Federal Reserve Bank w/ Arjun Jayadev DOWNLOAD or listen using the player below.
Military spending — now more than $700 billion per year — is bankrupting our country and draining the life blood of our communities. With a 25% reduction in military spending in the Federal budget, we could instead fund urgent needs, including jobs, housing, health care, education, clean energy and infrastructure repairs, and prevent the layoffs and benefit cuts for state and local public workers.
04/18/12 Peace, Economic Justice and the Military Budget w/ Mike Prokosch DOWNLOAD or listen using the player below.
Fiscal policy is based on the idea that the government can use spending or taxation, not just for the sake of funding useful programs, but also as a way to affect the economy, for instance to mitigate the effects of recessions. Austerity is not the answer!
10/03/12 Fiscal Policy w/ Prof. Arjun Jayadev DOWNLOAD or listen using the player below.
Why should you care about the federal budget? And what can you do about it? Learn about the Budget for All referendum – something about a million voters will be able to take action on, on November 6.
10/10/12 The Federal Budget: What Does it Mean to You? And What Can You Do About It? w/ Michael Kane and Molly Hannon DOWNLOAD or listen using the player below.