Austerity

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 81

Europe Under ‘Austocracy’ Europe’s policies of austerity and ‘adjustment’ have led to a radical decline and crisis in democracy. Where austerity is imposed, democracy is deposed. This we can understand as an emerging ‘Austocracy.’ Looking at news reports, op-eds and quotes from Europe’s political elite over the past year, we see a growing recognition of [...]

The Reality Principle -Episode 18

“Greece: The Political Economy of Depression” with Yanis Varoufakis This week, Eric closely examines the global economic crisis and, in particular, the manifestation of the Depression in Greece. Eric is joined by economist and author Yanis Varoufakis who provides his valuable insight into the origins and character of the Depression in Greece and around the [...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 51

Of Profit and Poverty Many multinational corporations are larger than most governments in the world. While governments and their populations go deeper into debt, these large corporations take in record profits, hoard trillions in cash, and avoid paying taxes. These same corporations then demand our governments impoverish us through austerity measures. Looking at the divergence [...]

The Reality Principle -Episode 10

“Capitalism in Crisis” with Richard Wolff This week, Eric sits down for an extended conversation with Richard Wolff, one of America’s leading economists and critics of the economic system. Prof. Wolff explains why his critique is of capitalism itself and not merely its contemporary manifestation. He and Eric examine the current “debate” regarding the so-called [...]

The EyeOpener- What is Money?

In this age of panic over the sovereign debt crisis and the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling negotiations, we are bombarded with talk of government money printing and images of the printing press, but how many people know that only a tiny fraction of money in the economy is actually in the form of [...]

Our Collapsing Economy & Currency

Don’t expect any foreign bailouts of the failed “superpower.” Is the “fiscal cliff” real or just another hoax? The answer is that the fiscal cliff is real, but it is a result, not a cause. The hoax is the way the fiscal cliff is being used. The fiscal cliff is the result of the inability [...]

The Reality Principle -Episode 1

“Austerity at Home & Abroad” with Dr. Jeffrey Sommers Boiling Frogs Post welcomes Eric Draitser to its team of Partners! This is the first episode of The Reality Principle. Starting next week this weekly podcast show will be available to Boiling Frogs Post subscribers. As the global economic crisis continues to worsen, austerity has become [...]

Podcast Show #96: Austerity is the Consensus of Both Parties

The Boiling Frogs Show Presents Eric Draitser Eric Draitser joins us to define and discuss austerity, what austerity looks like in the US, the fact that austerity is the consensus of both parties, why an anti-austerity movement is essential in the US, and helps us connect what’s happening here to Greece, Italy, and Spain. Mr. [...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 33

A Hope in Hell: A Look at Greece Is the world, and what’s taking place in it, purely depressing, simply bad, and totally negative? Hell no! In this episode, I look at the social devastation currently wreaking havoc on the population of Greece, a frightful, dehumanizing situation to be sure; but out of this ‘hell’ [...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 30

Riots, Rebellion, and the Spanish Miners In anti-austerity protests around the world, over the past several years, we often hear of ‘riots’ breaking out, when bank windows are smashed or rocks are thrown at cops. The violence exists, but the imagery of a ‘riot’ evokes the notion of drunk youths mindlessly causing havoc and setting [...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 29

A Greek Tragedy for Europe Increased poverty, social unrest, talk of military coups, removal of democratic leaders, bailouts, exploitation, and detention camps. This is the new Europe, and Greece is the microcosm of the continental crisis. The situation unfolding in Greece, and spreading across Europe, is explosive to say the least. With austerity and adjustment [...]

Austerity, Adjustment, and Social Genocide

Political Language & the European Debt Crisis   Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.– George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language,” 1946 Political language functions through euphemism, by employing soft-sounding or simply meaningless words to describe otherwise monstrous and [...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 28

Political Language & the Debt Crisis George Orwell wrote that political language is meant to give “solidity to pure wind.” Are politicians and economists simply liars? Or do they speak a different language? Using the example of the European debt crisis, we are able to actually translate political language into the understandable. First, you examine [...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 27

From Indignados to Occupy The Indignados movement was sparked in Spain on May 15, 2011. In part inspired by the Arab Spring, young Spaniards, who face a 46% unemployment rate, occupied the Puerta del Sol in Madrid for several weeks, protesting against the socio-political and economic system that benefits the few at the expense of [...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 26

The Frankfurt Group & the Economic Colonization of Europe Little-known outside the financial press, the EU experienced an elite coup – a political putsch – by a small group of eight individuals who call themselves the ‘Frankfurt Group’. The informal group was formed in October of 2011, and within a matter of weeks, they had [...]