Ryan Dawson Presents Lew Rockwell
Though the intellectually lazy like to try to make free market “capitalism” a blame all for everything from the housing bubble to military-corporate welfare, Lew Rockwell joins us today to break down the complexities of the State, central banking, rubbish media, and Keynesian economics’ malevolence and incompetence, and the government as the facilitator of cartels, protectionism, mercantilism, wars, bailouts, and corrosive financial criminal institutions.
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“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 world. Eric and Yanis discuss the evolution of the crisis and the ways in which Greece has been made into a scapegoat for the economic ills of Europe. Moreover, Yanis explains how the Depression is affecting regular Greeks who now struggle just to survive. Eric and Yanis debate the issue of a Greek exit from the Euro as well as the political formation of resistance to austerity and the policies of the European financier ruling class. In particular, they analyze the rise of SYRIZA as well as the dangerous ascendance of the Nazi Golden Dawn party. Eric and Yanis also examine the historical precedents for the situation in Greece and whether or not they provide a blueprint for how Greece can return to economic prosperity.
Yanis Varoufakis is a world renowned economist, author and lecturer. He is the author of The Global Minotaur: America, the True Origins of the Financial Crisis, and the Future of the World Economy, the second edition of which is now available. Yanis Varoufakis is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Texas – Austin and Economist-in-Residence at Valve Corporation. Follow his blog at YanisVaroufakis.eu.
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Bilderberg: Talk Shop, World Government, or a Bit of Both?
Commentary on the secretive Bilderberg group – whose annual meeting is fast approaching – tends to fall into one of two polarized camps: those who claim it is a mere talk shop for global ‘has-beens’ who get together to discuss past glories and triumphs, and those who claim the group is a secretive global government, pulling the strings of global order from behind the scenes.
Instead of choosing one of these two positions, I propose viewing the institution in its sociological context: as a global think tank, not concerned with ‘conspiracy’ but with establishing consensus among ruling elites. The organization has a particular socializing function for the super rich and elite, partly a forum for discussion and debate, and partly a forum for establishing policy and grooming up-and-coming politicians. With the group’s 60th meeting approaching, it is important to place the organization in its sociological context, to understand both its weaknesses and strengths, and thus, to increase the level of discourse about this secretive and powerful global organization.
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