FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dean Baker, Getting Back To Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 1:59 pm

In 2009 there was the Keynesian moment. With the economy shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month, with the financial system imploding and GDP crashing, the US government stepped in with a stimulus bill designed to get spending started, to boost the states, and to invest for the long-term. At a spending level nowhere near the challenged, President Obama still managed to oversell what it would deliver. By 2010, with unemployment still high, Democrats would silently walk away from the entire endeavour.

This lead to the counter-Keynesian assault of 2011-2012, politically lead by the Tea Party in Congress.


Konczal, Douthat and Neoliberalism

By: Sunday October 27, 2013 10:35 am

Mike Konczal discussed the Obamacare computer system problems raising the question of its implications for liberal versus neoliberal approaches to problem solving. Ross Douthat also deals with this issue. Douthat thinks conservatism is not the same as neoliberalism, but he seems to agree with Konczal’s definition of the latter. I think both are discussing only one small part of the neoliberal project.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Gar Alperovitz, America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy

By: Sunday June 3, 2012 1:59 pm

What is the future of progressive politics? What is the world that we are trying to build? In some ways these are the wrong questions. There’s so much in terms of low-hanging fruit that needs to be accomplished. From mass unemployment, to climate change, to immigration reform, to slowing the power of the military-industrial complex, to shepherding and building on complicated financial and health care packages, there’s no lack of things that need to get accomplished.

But, as Gar Alperovitz’s America Beyond Capitalism notes, the means of politics by which left-liberal reform happens is breaking down, and it can only be rebuilt by changing the long-horizon vision of what justice will look like on the left.

Dayen’s Roundup from March 4th, 2012

By: Monday March 5, 2012 6:15 am

Dayen’s news roundup from the past weekend, including stories about Rush Limbaugh, BP Gulf Spill Settlement, recess appointments, bank mortgage settlement, Joe Stieglitz, Mike Konczal, ocean accidification, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, and much more.

What Is Standard and Poor’s Agenda? Because It Ain’t About Default Risk or Economics

By: Friday July 29, 2011 1:12 pm

Whatever S&P’s agenda, it has nothing to do with avoiding default risks or putting the US on sound fiscal footing. It’s time the media and Congress started asking them what their political agenda is and whom it serves.

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