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September 22, 2006

A Progressive Economist

Unbearable Cost JacketThe venerable tradition of political economy hasn't died out (yet) but practitioners have become uncommonly hard to find. James K. Galbraith, who penned a wonderfully sharp critique of our economic system earlier this year in Mother Jones, and is at work on a larger version (as well as having another new book about to be published), brings iconoclastic, innovative sensibilities to a wide range of issues. I'm always delighted to hear reasonable solutions—even half-way solutions—that may be less well-known but are eminently bleeding-edge, especially from a committed progressive. My sincere thanks to James for sharing his thoughts. Total runtime an hour and thirty three minutes. Enjoy!

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Comments

Excellent interview and well done. His opinions were really interesting and stimulating. As your guest stated very correctly, the politics of repression which is implemented by the war-mongering administration, is truly hurting our country in almost every aspect: economy, freedom of speech, immigration, election, foreign policy, and ..... The Empire will crash one day. It is inevitable. Students of history know it for a fact. The question is when and at what price. Gloomy outlook? Sure, but it is true. I sincerely doubt that the current political establishment could save our democracy. I doubt Democrats would do a better job. Your guest alluded to it. Independent free-thinkers and politicians are desperately needed to save our society. I do not want to be a pessimist, but I do not envision good days for the whole world in the foreseeable future because of our ruling ruthless tyrants.
Thanks for all your hard work. Keep enlightening us.

Ditto the above comment. I agree with your comments after the interview.

For those listeners interested in economics and alternative viewpoints I highly recommend this site which provides the last U.S. lectures given by Doug Dowd who is moving to Italy to be closer to his wife's family.
http://www.dougdowd.org/NewFiles/classesmain.html#Doug_Dowd_2006_Classes_Online
Note that the last lectures are not yet posted, but should be before long.

Doug Dowd has been described as being "firmly on the political Left...within an indigenous American tradition of dissenting radicalism whose most famous—perhaps notorious—representatives are Thorstein Veblen and C. Wright Mills." http://www.zmag.org/biodowd.htm

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