The Economics of the Singularity with C. James Townsend: Mises, Marx, Complexity Theory, Techno-Optimism, and the Way to Abundance

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C. James Townsend holds an M.A. in Liberal Arts from California State University Sacramento and a B.A. in Integrated Studies and a minor in physics from the same institution. He is seeking to obtain his Doctorate in Future Studies in the near future. His interests include: Physics, Complexity Theory, political and economic philosophy, Marxism, Techno-Optimism, comparative mystical religions-Gnosticism, Taoism, Zen Buddhism and the Russian Cosmists, Transhumanism and Future Studies. His physical interests include Cheng Man Ching style Tai Chi Chuan … Read More

CRASH, BOOM, POP! Debunking Economics the Fun Way

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Synopsis [View Crash, Boom, Pop! here.] Economics is full of BS — but there is an alternative. Bank bailouts, quantitative easing, housing bubbles, austerity, etc. – are all economic policies putting most of us in the poorhouse. You can fight back…but how? Knowledge is power! This series is all about common sense, humor and great illustrations. It’s 100% bull free. Too many of us are living paycheck to paycheck. Income inequality is a worldwide problem. Students are graduating with record … Read More

The Value of Economic Pluralism: A Talk with Professor John Harvey

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John T. Harvey has been a Professor of Economics at Texas Christian University since 1987, after earning his Ph.D. in Economics that year from the University of Tennessee. He specializes in international economics (particularly exchange rates), macroeconomics, history of economics, and contemporary schools of thought. Dr. Harvey’s work combines analyses rooted in the scholarly traditions of John Maynard Keynes and Thorstein Veblen with that of modern psychology to produce a set of new theories to explain international monetary economics, including … Read More

A Chat with Dr. Mark Thornton, Austrian Economist

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Dr. Mark Thornton is Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute. He serves as the Book Review Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. His publications include The Economics of Prohibition (1991), Tariffs, Blockades, and  Inflation: The Economics of the Civil War (2004), The Quotable Mises (2005),The Bastiat Collection (2007), An Essay on Economic Theory (2010), and The Bastiat Reader (2014).  Dr. Thornton served as the editor of the Austrian Economics Newsletter and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Libertarian Studies. He has served as a member of the graduate faculties of Auburn University and Columbus … Read More

Strange Economic Creatures: Dan Sullivan, Georgist

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Dan Sullivan is the director of Saving Communities and president of the Council of Georgist Organizations. For over 35 years he has been making presentations around the world on both the theory and practical applications of Georgism, has been instrumental in winning shifts to land value tax in Pittsburgh and other Western Pennsylvania cities, and has been featured in newspapers and major magazines, including *Fortune.* “Sullivan has made several studies of the financial impact of higher land taxes on property … Read More

Strange Economic Creatures: Dr. Fred Foldvary, Geo-Austrian

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This is the man who correctly predicted the nature and year of the monumental crash of 2008… back in 1997. Fred E. Foldvary received his B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He has taught economics at the Latvian University of Agriculture, Virginia Tech, John F. Kennedy University, California State University East Bay, the University of California at Berkeley Extension, Santa Clara University, and currently at … Read More

Strange Economic Creatures: Dr. Louis-Philippe Rochon, Post-Keynesian

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Louis-Philippe Rochon is an Associate Professor of Economics, at Laurentian University, in Canada, where he is Director of the International Economic Policy Institute.  He is the founding co-editor of the Review of Keynesian Economics, and co-diretor of New Directions in Post-Keynesian Economics, a book series at Edward Elgar.  He is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Political Economy, Ola Financiera, and the Problemas del Desarrollo, Revista Latinoamericana d’Economia. He has written over 100 articles, and written or … Read More

Strange Economic Creatures: Nate Blair, Georgist

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We discuss the economist Henry George in this episode. I used the phrase “strange economic creatures” while interviewing Dr. Rochon. It seems like a fitting title for this series. Nate, though he had heroically battled food poisoning by bad pupasa the night before, still mustered the strength to talk about ol’ Hank. Below are resources assembled and commented upon by Mr. Blair. Enjoy. The London Jubilee line was constructed at a cost of 3.5 billion GBP, but the public investment, paid … Read More