FDL Book Salon Welcomes Knut and Masaccio for a Discussion About Thomas Piketty’s Book: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 1:59 pm

As most of you know, we were supposed to have this discussion six weeks ago with Piketty himself, but at the last minute he was overwhelmed by requests for interviews on television (including a stint on the Colbert Report) and just about every major newspaper in the English-speaking world and had to cancel. Jane is hopeful that we can have him on sometime in the future, but for the time being you will have to content yourself with Masaccio and myself.


Krugman Goes Platinum!

By: Friday January 4, 2013 5:51 am

Another platinum coin surge in the Second Wave rippled through the mainstream media yesterday and this time hit the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Domenico Mantanaro of MSNBC kicked things off on one of the morning shows by mentioning the Trillion Dollar Coin (TDC) as a possible solution to the debt ceiling problem. Then, in the afternoon, on MSNBC’s the cycle, Krystal Ball, and Steve Kornacke, in discussing the coming debt ceiling conflict talked rather matter-of-factly, I thought, about minting some TDCs to get around the debt ceiling.

Then Paul Krugman blogged about platinum coins. In the context of answering a question about whether we can “print money,” to get around the debt ceiling, he answers no, and then says…

Morning Headlines: End of the World Edition

By: Monday November 21, 2011 6:15 am

Today’s headlines feature the imploding Euro system, the misreading of the Super Committee’s failure to make the US economy worse, leadership changes in Spain, a mind numbing GOP discussion of religion and more.

We Have Met the Enemy, and Europe Is Us

By: Monday September 26, 2011 6:15 am

In a column ominously titled, Euro Zone Death Trip, Paul Krugman laments the sad state of Euro nation deliberations over the fate of Greece (and Italy and Spain . . .), the Euro itself and the European economy. But he might as well have been talking about the sad state of US politics, because we’re having parts of the same argument here.

Krugman Takes Out Barro and Mankiw with One Chart

By: Monday September 12, 2011 12:20 pm

In the New York Times Economists Bowl, I call it Princeton 2, Harvard 0.

Rock n Rollers: Krugman and The Firebaggers

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 1:10 pm

Krugman and the Firebaggers: Will they be asked to play the White House?

Did the GOP Play Hooky During Third Grade Math?

By: Friday July 29, 2011 6:19 pm

Compared to laying siege to government, hurting millions, and putting the economy at risk, it’s only a minor irritant, I suppose, one of the dozens of little misrepresentations that we are so used to hearing from the right wing that we just shrug our shoulders and wait for something new. But the fact the media almost never pushes back suggests that letting it slide is a mistake. And it’s just fractions!

The Logical Outcome of Protecting the Rich Is Massive Unemployment

By: Sunday June 26, 2011 10:30 am

Protecting banksters from the consequences of their fraud insures massive unemployment for the foreseeable future. The Government has alternatives, but it won’t put them into action. Obama raised $2.4 million dollars for his reelection campaign from Wall Street. No one goes to jail.

WaPo/Bloomberg: Classic Bait and Switch Argument About Social Security

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 3:36 pm

You can view Social Security accounting two ways: First, you can view it as a separate fund, in which case the Trust Fund surplus of $2.5 trillion is very relevant. Or you can view the issue from the perspective of the entire budget, and ask, “how much of the total is paid for by total incoming revenues?” But what you can’t do is mix the two; you can’t honestly switch between the two accounting perspectives just to make a political point about Social Security.

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