297 | How to Fix British Democracy?
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Another recent talk by David on democracy: does it make sense to talk about fixing British democracy, and if so, how? David discusses electoral reform, institutional change and he returns to the question of votes for children.

The New Statesman Podcast
The New Statesman Podcast
New Statesman
Rules of the Roadmap
Boris Johnson has outlined his four-step plan to bring the UK out of lockdown. The Prime Minister announced pupils will return to schools on 8 March, with rules relaxing in phases thereafter. If strict criteria are met, all restrictions on social contact could be lifted by 21 June.  On this episode of the New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian look at the plan and read between the lines of Boris Johnson's choice of language. Then, in You Ask Us, they tackle your questions on the seeming mismatch between the drugs policies of major parties and public positioning on that issue. More from the New Statesman: Stephen explains why new Covid-19 variants are the greatest threat to Boris Johnson's lockdown roadmap. Martin Fletcher writes that Boris Johnson must now announce a public inquiry into the UK’s Covid-19 catastrophe. Martha Gill asks: how did the government get duped by the myth of "freedom loving" Britain? Subscribing to the New Statesman helps us keep producing this podcast. You can now subscribe for 12 weeks for just £12. Visit newstatesman.com/subscribe12. We'd love to hear from you. Send us your You Ask Us questions at youaskus.co.uk. You can follow Stephen Bush on twitter @stephenkb. Anoosh Chakelian is @Anoosh_C and Ailbhe Rea is @PronouncedAlva. More audio from the New Statesman: listen to our weekly global affairs show World Review If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get ad-free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 min
Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
The Intercept
The Democrats’ Long War on Immigrants
As Joe Biden took the oath of office this January, Guatemalan security forces at the Honduran border thwarted thousands of U.S.-bound migrants. While decades-long American imperialism has facilitated displacement throughout the region, the U.S. is increasingly outsourcing its deadly immigration policy. This week on Intercepted: The Biden administration announced it will begin to process the 25,000 asylum seekers stuck in squalid border town camps as part of Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. But immigration advocates fear President Biden will not reverse the bipartisan trend of his predecessors to further militarize the southern border and expand the reaches of immigration enforcement — policies that have led to more migrant deaths and detention in recent decades. Despite Biden’s executive actions to reverse the Muslim ban, initiate migrant family reunification, and fortify DACA, his administration has indicated that it will continue to support Mexican and Guatemalan armed enforcement of their borders on behalf of the U.S.T The activist and writer Harsha Walia joins Intercepted to discuss the Democratic Party’s fundamental role in shaping the long arc of U.S. border policy and why the practice of “prevention through deterrence” will continue to incur more suffering and preventable deaths. She also presents an abolitionist view of a world without borders. Walia’s most recent book is “Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism.”   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 min
OH GOD, WHAT NOW? Formerly Remainiacs
OH GOD, WHAT NOW? Formerly Remainiacs
Podmasters
Free Speech For You… But Not You
What if they gave a War on Woke and nobody came? The Government decides to both defend free speech (if you’re a right winger on campus) and restrict it (if you run a stately home named after a slave owner). So that makes sense. Plus: As there’s no credible recovery programme for education, Gráinne Hallahan of the Times Education Supplement joins us to set one out. Gav, call us yeah?  Meanwhile… Ros gets a COVID jab! The Arts get their own special No Deal Brexit! And in the Extra Bit, we watch Adam Curtis’s collage-doc digital jeremiad Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.  * “Each side of this culture war is proclaiming itself as the true arbiter of history.” – Nina Schick * “Voltaire and Rousseau wrestled with free speech. Now the Government has decided it’s time for Gavin Williamson to sort it out.” – Alex Andreou * “The Government likes the idea of free speech but doesn’t want on engage in any of the complexities.” – Ros Taylor * “History is never static.… Let Britain’s monuments be evaluated in terms of what they mean now.” – Nina Schick * “Boris Johnson thinks schools are safe, it’s just the children going into them that make them dangerous…” – Gráinne Hallahan * “If the National Theatre can’t tour the EU, then nobody can do it.” – Alex Andreou Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Nina Schick, Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr
The MMT Podcast with Patricia Pino & Christian Reilly
The MMT Podcast with Patricia Pino & Christian Reilly
Patricia Pino & Christian Reilly
#89 Warren Mosler & Phil Armstrong: Weimar Republic Hyperinflation Through An MMT Lens (part 2)
Part 2: Patricia and Christian talk to MMT founder Warren Mosler and MMT scholar Dr Phil Armstrong about their recent paper: “Weimar Republic Hyperinflation through a Modern Monetary Theory Lens”.   Part 1 of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-88-phil-47638591   Please help sustain this podcast! Patrons get early access to all episodes and patron-only episodes: https://www.patreon.com/MMTpodcast   For an intro to MMT: Listen to our first three episodes: https://www.patreon.com/posts/41742417   All our episodes in chronological order: https://www.patreon.com/posts/43111643   All of our episodes with Warren Mosler: https://www.patreon.com/posts/42918786   All of our episodes with Phil Armstrong: https://www.patreon.com/posts/42072846   Some of our other episodes with Warren Mosler which deal with inflation, interest rates and central bank policy: Episode 59: What Do Central Banks Do?: https://www.patreon.com/posts/39070023 Episode 80: MMT Holiday Special (part 1): https://www.patreon.com/posts/45281376 Episode 81: MMT Holiday Special (part 2): https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-81-mmt-2-45555840   Our episode 65 with Phil Armstrong on inflation (more on Paul Volcker as Fed chair in the intro): https://www.patreon.com/posts/40672678   Our episode 47 with Pavlina Tcherneva explaining the Job Guarantee: https://www.patreon.com/posts/36034543   Our episode 55 with Dr Dirk Ehnts on MMT in the context of the Eurozone: https://www.patreon.com/posts/38252014   Our episodes with Sam Levey that touch on the forward pricing channel: Episode 43: https://www.patreon.com/posts/35073683 Episode 76: https://www.patreon.com/posts/43697752 Episode 77: https://www.patreon.com/posts/43886189   Weimar Republic Hyperinflation through a Modern Monetary Theory Lens by Phil Armstrong and Warren Mosler: http://moslereconomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Weimar-Republic-Hyperinflation-through-a-Modern-Monetary-Theory-Lens.pdf   Warren Mosler - MMT white paper: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gvDcMU_ko1h5TeVjQL8UMJW9gmKY1x0zcqKIRTZQDAQ/edit   Michael Hudson - Government Debt and Deficits Are Not the Problem. Private Debt Is: https://michael-hudson.com/2013/03/government-debt-and-deficits-are-not-the-problem-private-debt-is/   Clint Ballinger - Airplane crashes aren’t “hyperlandings”: https://clintballinger.wordpress.com/2020/04/30/airplane-crashes-arent-hyperlandings-notes-on-zimbabwe/   A Discussion of Central Bank Operations and Interest Rate Policy by Warren Mosler and Phil Armstrong: https://gimms.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Central-Bank-Interest-Rate-Policy-Mosler-Armstrong.pdf   Monopoly Money: The State as a Price Setter by Pavlina R. Tcherneva: http://moslereconomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Tcherneva_MonopolyMoney_2002.pdf   Bill Mitchell - Zimbabwe for hyperventilators 101: http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/?p=3773   Tickets for “An Introduction To Modern Monetary Theory: Reconceptualising The Nature Of Banking” (presentation by Phil Armstrong) on 26th March 2021, organised by Women in Banking and Finance: https://www.wibf.org.uk/events/details/modern-monetary-theory   A list of other upcoming MMT events and courses: https://www.patreon.com/posts/47531455   A list of MMT-informed campaigns and organisations worldwide: https://www.patreon.com/posts/47900757   Phil Armstrong’s book, Can Heterodox Economics Make a Difference?: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/can-heterodox-economics-make-a-difference-9781800370883.html   Warren Mosler’s (free) e-book, Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds Of Economic Policy: http://moslereconomics.com/wp-content/powerpoints/7DIF.pdf   Transcript for opening monologue: https://www.patreon.com/posts/47905062   We are working towards full transcripts, but in the meantime, closed captions for all episodes are available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEp_nGVTuMfBun2wiG-c0Ew/videos   Show notes: https://www.patreon.com/posts/47904999
1 hr 4 min
Worldly
Worldly
Vox
Why Biden hasn’t reentered the Iran deal — yet
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down why the Biden administration hasn’t yet reentered the Iran nuclear deal. They explain that the process of rejoining is more complicated than it might seem, but that it’s still likely the deal will come back eventually. They then debate the pros and cons of rejoining the accord and how well the Obama foreign policy team — many of whom have joined the Biden administration — handled the pact. One point of agreement: The Trump administration’s Iran policy failed. References: Alex wrote about the impending US-Iran talks over the nuclear deal. And he also wrote about Colin Kahl’s under-threat confirmation. Foreign Policy asks if Biden took too long to reengage Iran. Jenn noted a Politico magazine story detailing how the Obama administration let a Hezbollah criminal enterprise proceed to help strike the 2015 deal. Al Jazeera reported on then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s 12 demands on Iran. He achieved none of them. Vox has a great visual explainer on the Iran deal. Hosts: Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp), senior correspondent, Vox Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth), senior foreign editor, Vox Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox), White House reporter, Vox   Consider contributing to Vox: If you value Worldly’s work, please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts   More to explore: Subscribe for free to Today, Explained, Vox’s daily podcast to help you understand the news, hosted by Sean Rameswaram.   About Vox: Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.   Follow Us: Vox.com  Newsletter: Vox Sentences Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
46 min
World Review from the New Statesman
World Review from the New Statesman
New Statesman
Myanmar's Democratic Future
Large scale protests have been taking place in Myanmar since a military coup on February 1st deposed the democratically-elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. This week, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar reported that the military were being deployed to the city of Yangon, raising fears of bloodshed. Protesters are calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners, but activist groups have raised concerns that even that may not be enough to restore democracy in Myanmar. On this episode of World Review from the New Statesman, Emily Tamkin in Washington DC and Ido Vock in Berlin are joined by Wai Hnin Pwint Thon, an activist for Burma Campaign UK whose father was one of those arrested in the days following the military coup. They discuss why the military have taken power, what this means for Myanmar, and whether there is a road to true democracy for the country. Further reading: Francis Wade has also been following the situation in Myanmar, and has written this piece exploring how democracy might be defined after the military coup. Emily has been reporting on the Texas storms that have caused power outages leaving millions in freezing conditions without heating or hot water. She writes that the storms offer a warning to ill-prepared governments. Ido discusses how new variants of Covid 19 could continue to limit international travel for years beyond the immediate crisis. We'd love to hear from you! Send us your You Ask Us questions at youaskus.co.uk. Find us on Twitter: @idvck and @emilyctamkin. Subscribing to the New Statesman helps us keep producing this podcast. You can now subscribe for 12 weeks for just £12. Visit newstatesman.com/subscribe12 More audio from the New Statesman: listen to our twice-weekly UK politics podcast The New Statesman podcast If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get ad-free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 min
Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer
Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer
Civic Ventures
The velocity of money (with Ann Pettifor)
Over the last century, the velocity of money—the rate at which money changes hands through the economy—has declined. Today, money moves at one of the slowest rates on record, meaning every dollar today generates 70% less economic activity than a dollar did just ten years ago. That has big implications for our economy. Political economist Ann Pettifor joins Nick and Goldy to explain how the velocity of money is related to money creation, and why taxing the rich is ultimately pro-growth (it’s all related, we promise!).  Ann Pettifor is a political economist, author, and public speaker, and the Director of PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics). Her work focuses on the global financial system, sovereign debt restructuring, international finance, and sustainable development. She is the author of many books, including The Production of Money and The Case for the Green New Deal.  Twitter: @AnnPettifor Show us some love by leaving a rating or a review! RateThisPodcast.com/pitchforkeconomics  Further reading:  Want to expand the economy? Tax the rich!  https://prospect.org/power/want-expand-economy-tax-rich/  A world awash in money: https://media.bain.com/Images/BAIN_REPORT_A_world_awash_in_money.pdf What does money velocity tell us about low inflation in the U.S.? https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2014/september/what-does-money-velocity-tell-us-about-low-inflation-in-the-us  Vultures are circling our fragile economy… https://www.annpettifor.com/2020/06/vultures-are-circling-our-fragile-economy/  Decades of empirical research finds no inverse correlation between top tax rates and growth:  https://archive.org/stream/R42111TaxRatesandEconomicGrowth-crs/R42111%20Tax%20Rates%20and%20Economic%20Growth_djvu.txt https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/09_Effects_Income_Tax_Changes_Economic_Growth_Gale_Samwick.pdf http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/107919/1/Hope_economic_consequences_of_major_tax_cuts_published.pdf  https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/04/20/a-graphical-assault-on-supply-side-tax-cuts/  Website: http://pitchforkeconomics.com/ Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer
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