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A podcast about non-violent, MMT direct activism, introducing Modern Monetary Theory to the world, both online and in person. Hosted by third-year MMT activist, Jeff Epstein. This channel was formerly called People Conversations, by Citizens' Media TV (CMTV). All People Conversations interviews remain intact in this channel. Any MMT articles I write remain hosted on the CMTV website.
 
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Welcome to episode 86 of Activist #MMT. Today’s part two of my two-part conversation with systems consultant and GIMMS associate, Neil Wilson. Neil is also the co-author of the 2020 paper, , which is published by (or GIMMS). Today’s episode is also part five of a larger seven-part series with all three co-authors; first individually and personally,…
 
Welcome to episode 85 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with systems consultant and GIMMS associate, Neil Wilson. Neil is also the co-author of the 2020 paper, , which is published by (or GIMMS). This is part one of a two-part episode, but it's also part four of a larger seven-part series with all three co-authors, first individually and personally, a…
 
Welcome to episode 84 of Activist #MMT. Today’s part two of my two-part conversation with 10th-year MMT activist, Andy Berkeley. Andy has a PhD in marine sedimentology, and is a marine scientist and oceanographer by trade. He's also the co-author of the 2020 paper, , which is published by (or GIMMS). This episode is also part three of a larger seve…
 
Welcome to episode 83 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with 10th-year MMT activist, Andy Berkeley. Andy has a PhD in marine sedimentology, and is a marine scientist and oceanographer by trade. He's also the co-author of the 2020 paper, , which is published by (or GIMMS). This is part one of a two-part episode, but it's also part two of a larger seven…
 
Welcome to episode 81 of Activist #MMT. Today is the end of the world. Wait. Let me try that again. Today is part two of my conversation with sixth-year MMT activist Andrew Chirgwin. It's a dark episode. Just letting you know. Today Andrew and I continue our conversation about how neoclassical economists don't "stay in their lane", and have essenti…
 
Welcome to episode 80 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with sixth-year MMT activist Andrew Chirgwin. Andrew graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Pure Mathematics, and a masters in secondary teaching. Andrew's introduction to Modern Money Theory, or MMT, was in 2015 when he stumbled on the blog of Univer…
 
Welcome to episode 79 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my two-part conversation with first-year MMT activist Katrina Pilver. It's about how she discovered the importance of economics and then MMT, and her unusually-intensive and -ambitious journey to learn MMT more deeply. After the end of our interview you will hear a brief follow up where, …
 
An extended snippet from of my interview with first-year MMT activist Katrina Pilver, where we gush about rapper Killer Mike. It includes the full audio of a speech inspired by James Baldwin, which used by the 2020 Bernie Sanders campaign in . Ihad the privilege of at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, when I was a state delegate for Bernie S…
 
Welcome to episode 78 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with first-year MMT activist Katrina Pilver, about how she discovered the importance of economics and then MMT, and her unusually-intensive and -ambitious journey to learn MMT more deeply. Katrina and her partner own a soul food restaurant and ice cream truck in Connecticut, the former which they…
 
Welcome to episode 77 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my two-part conversation with seventh-year MMT activist Bill Peeples. Bill and I continue talking about various subjects such as accounting, China, The lifecycle of a government’s money, and how human decisions are never natural or scientific. A full introduction – and lots of resources –…
 
Welcome to episode 76 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with seventh-year MMT activist Bill Peeples. Bill earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He then opened a retail computer store and managed his business with accounting software. This served as his introduction to double-entry accounting, for w…
 
Welcome to episode 75 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my two-part conversation with Chris McArdle. Today we discuss online activism, and also the concept of truth versus an academic theory. MMT is not "the truth about economics" as I have, admittedly, often said, it is simply the most convincing economic theory to me (and Chris). Truth is an…
 
Welcome to episode 74 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with Chris McArdle (Twitter/@) on the politics and pitfalls of implementing the MMT-designed job guarantee. Chris was politically active in the 2000s, and an early and strong supporter of then-Democratic gubernatorial candidate . Chris later joined the Malloy administration during its two terms, …
 
Welcome to episode 73 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my two-part conversation with Texas Christian University PhD. economics professor and , John Harvey. The topic of our conversation is exchange rate determination, and we continue to work through my question list, which can be found in the show notes for . Much more information and resourc…
 
Welcome to episode 72 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with Texas Christian University PhD. economics professor and , John Harvey. The topic of our conversation is exchange rate determination. However, be forewarned that this episode is not an introduction but a deep dive into the weeds of John’s 2009 textbook, . For a proper introduction, you’ll fin…
 
Welcome to episode 71 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my two-part conversation with second-year MMT activist and graduate student Jane Ball. In , Jane described their journey to MMT and the flaws of mainstream Marxism. Today, Jane and I discuss two of their academic style posts. documents studies that demonstrate the benefits of existing UBI…
 
Welcome to episode 70 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with second-year MMT activist and graduate student Jane Ball. Jane earned an undergraduate minor in international economics at a conservative business school during the heart of the Iraq war and the first George W. Bush administration. Jane enjoyed the philosophy, theory, and history of economics…
 
Welcome to episode 69 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my two-part conversation with Dirk Ehnts and Asker Voldsgaard. It’s also part four of a larger four-part series on the relationship between neoclassical or mainstream economics and MMT. Parts two and three were with Sam Levey on the core assumptions of mainstream economics. Part one with …
 
Welcome to episode 68 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my conversation with Sam Levey, on the core assumptions of mainstream economics. Sam is a research scholar with the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Missouri Kansas City, or UMKC, and a co-founder of the online advocacy group, …
 
Welcome to episode 66 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with and on to a paper criticizing Modern Money Theory, or MMT. Dirk is a PhD economist based in Berlin and Asker is a Danish PhD student in innovation and public policy, with a Master’s in international political economy and economics. Their paper is in response to a 2019 paper by Danish PhD mai…
 
Welcome to episode 65 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my two-part conversation with third-year MMT activist Hannah Judson. In part one, Hannah described her journey to MMT and her just-begun MMT-informed sociology PhD program at Stonybrook University in Long Island, New York. Today we talk about a very different topic, which is mental illnes…
 
Today I talk with third-year MMT activist Hannah Judson. Hannah was introduced to MMT at a local community college in 2017. Her professor was BJ Unti who introduced both mainstream and MMT concepts and let the class decide for themselves which theory was more convincing. She later discovered that Unti was a student of Stephanie Kelton. Hannah recei…
 
Welcome to episode 63 of Activist #MMT. Today is part six of what was originally supposed to be a five-part conversation with one of MMT's original developers, Mat Forstater. Mat first resolves the unexpected cliffhanger from the end of episode five, regarding the purpose of MMT and how it is sometimes misunderstood. (Here are links to parts , , , …
 
Welcome to episode 62 of Activist #MMT. Today is the final part of my five-part conversation with one of MMT’s original developers, Mathew Forstater. Mat concludes his many varied stories from the history of MMT, heterodox economics, and his long career. He starts by talking about how truly full employment can only be attained and maintained, both …
 
Welcome to episode 61 of Activist #MMT. Today is part four of my five-part conversation with one of MMT’s original developers, Mathew Forstater. Mat continues telling his many varied stories from the history of MMT, heterodox economics, and his long career. Today’s conversation is highlighted by a detailed story of how his then-student, Pavlina Tch…
 
Welcome to episode 60 of Activist #MMT. Today is part three of my five-part conversation with one of MMT’s original developers, Mathew Forstater. Today, Mat and I start with a light-hearted conversation about music, parenting, Twitter, and the book club his two sons gave him for his birthday this year. He then proceeds to tell many stories from the…
 
Welcome to episode 59 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my conversation with Marxist academic and blogger, Jim Kavanagh. Jim has taught at Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, and Wesleyan universities. He was also a regular guest on the internet radio show with Brian Becker and John Kiriakou. He is currently an author at and editor at . Jim and I cont…
 
Welcome to episode 58 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with Marxist academic and blogger, Jim Kavanagh (Twitter/@). Jim has taught at Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, and Wesleyan Universities. He was also a regular guest on the internet radio show with Brian Becker and John Kiriakou. He is currently an author at and editor at . Jim wrote his , or MMT, in…
 
Welcome to episode 57 of Activist #MMT. Today is the second part of my two-part conversation with Pakistani PhD economist, Asad Zaman (, ). Today, Professor Zaman first talks about what Islamic Economics is, how it compares to MMT, and how mainstream economics makes Islamic Economics impossible. He then describes why money is not neutral – and what…
 
Welcome to episode 56 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with Pakistani PhD economist, Asad Zaman (, ). Professor Zaman arrived in the United States in 1971 at the age of sixteen to pursue a masters and then doctorate in economics and econometrics, starting at MIT in Boston. Five years later, in addition to earning his doctorate, he realized his person…
 
Welcome to episode 55 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my conversation with third-year MMT activist, . Along with my recent guest, Amber Griego, Sam is a co-founder of the organization . Sam talks more about his volunteering experience and his thoughts on the federal job guarantee, and the struggles introducing MMT to those who are deliberate…
 
Welcome to episode 54 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with third-year MMT activist, . Along with , Amber Griego, Sam is a co-founder of the organization . Sam and I start by talking about parenting young children in the face of increasingly-likely global societal collapse. He then describes his journey through mainstream politics to MMT. This was hi…
 
The full audio from the Cowboy Economist video #11: Printing money does not cause inflation! Here is the link to the For links to the full audio of all other parts, go to . With thanks to .על ידי Jeff Epstein
 
Welcome to episode 53 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my two-part conversation with one of the original developers of Modern Money Theory, L. Randall Wray. Today we talk briefly about the differences between the words sufficient and necessary, and the concept of desired net savings. (In , Dr. Wray spoke about his personal history before meet…
 
Welcome to episode 52 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with one of the original developers of Modern Money Theory, L. Randall Wray. Dr. Wray tells the story before the story: his life before meeting Warren Mosler and Bill Mitchell in the Post-Keynesian Talk or PKT email forums in 1996, where MMT came to be. Dr. Wray originally set out to be a fourth …
 
This contains highlights (from the point of view of an MMTer!) Congressional testimony of Professor of Economics, Bard College; and Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute, L. Randall Wray, at the November 20th, 2019 hearing called "." The hearing is partially in response to the March, 2019, Republican-led : "A resolution recognizing the duty of t…
 
The full audio from the Cowboy Economist video #06: How the American People (could not possibly have) Financed World War Two! Here is the link to the For links to the full audio of all other parts, go to . With thanks to .על ידי Jeff Epstein
 
Welcome to episode 51 of Activist #MMT. Today I talk with fourth-year MMT activist and nurse, Amber Griego (Twitter/@). Amber is a co-founder of an organization called Beyond the Spectrum (@), or BTS. BTS produces a short weekly video, highlighting important and influential tweets regarding Modern Money Theory, written by academics and laypeople al…
 
This is the full audio of the November 20th, 2019, called "," featuring Professor of Economics, Bard College; and Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute, L. Randall Wray.על ידי Jeff Epstein
 
The full audio from the Cowboy Economist video: The Green New Deal: what is it and do we actually need it? Here is the link to the For links to the full audio of all other parts, go to . With thanks to .על ידי Jeff Epstein
 
Welcome to episode 50 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my five-part conversation with one of the original developers of MMT, Mathew Forstater. Mat is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri Kansas City, or UMKC which, according to Sam Levey, who was my first-ever guest and is also UMKC economics PhD. student, is where MMT was b…
 
Today I talk with one of the original developers of MMT, (Twitter/@. Mat is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri Kansas City, or UMKC which, according to Sam Levey, who was my first-ever guest and is also a UMKC economics PhD. student, is where MMT was born. Mat is also research director for the Global Institute for Sustainable Pr…
 
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