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Front Running

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Front Running dives deep into the issues of wealth taxes, Medicare4All, student debt forgiveness, and universal basic income. Gathering together the smartest minds in politics, finance, and economics, the show looks at the radical new economic ideas being offered in order to attract the new largest voting block in America, the Millennials.

Jan 19, 2020 08:37

Universal basic income

In this episode, Front Running looks at the signature policy from presidential candidate Andrew Yang. If Wall Street is getting richer thanks to the trillions of dollars the Fed has deployed to bailout the financial system, why shouldn't the ordinary citizen also get some of this 'free money?' Yang is proposing a $1000 per month no questions asked 'freedom dividend' for all US citizens. Is this a solution to the problems of globalization?

For this episode of Front Running, Max and Stacy are joined by guests, Sinclair Skinner, an entrepreneur with a background in engineering, Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and a researcher at the Levy Institute, and Josh Crumb, a businessman and former Wall Street banker. They discuss the issue of justice, and how voters feel they have been ripped off by the current political and economic setup, where only some are too big to fail. They also debate whether or not automation or trade deals are the route source of the declining incomes of the working class. Is a universal basic income the right answer? Would Bernie Sanders' idea for a 'jobs guarantee' work better? And what about the ideas from the right rather than the left? F.A. Hayek, the Austrian-British economist, had originally proposed a sort of universal basic income (UBI) policy decades ago, when he suggested that a minimum floor would create a fairer market for jobs, as it would put the employee on a more level playing field with employer. Tune in to learn more about the possibilities and perils of UBI.

Jan 12, 2020 07:45

Green New Deal

In this episode, Front Running looks at the jobs program called the Green New Deal, most associated at the moment with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez but which has been formulated for quite some years with the ambition to provide an FDR-like jobs program to put Americans to work rebuilding its infrastructure for a post-carbon world.

Two guests join Front Running to discuss the Green New Deal; James (Jim) Howard Kunstler, author of “The Geography of Nowhere” and “The Long Emergency,” and Randy Voller, former mayor of Pittsboro, North Carolina, as well as the former chair of the Democratic Party of North Carolina.

Together they look at the ability of the Green New Deal to be a jobs program of the magnitude that could restore US infrastructure and manufacturing capacity. Kunstler believes that it is a ‘when-you-wish-upon-a-star’ program filled with ‘wishful thinking’ because we can’t keep our fantasy land of suburbia, Walt Disney World, and the US military afloat on alternative energy as these all need an underlying platform built on oil, gas, and coal. Voller has more hope that the Green New Deal can succeed and programs can be implemented locally and immediately for genuine benefit.

Jan 5, 2020 07:42

China policy (E2)

Front Running looks at the ‘Sputnik moment’ for the US as China overtakes it in high-tech achievements. Donald Trump won 2016 on the promise to ‘Make America Great Again’, but has imposing new trade conditions on China worked? Are any candidates proposing an industrial policy that can trump Trump’s policy? How was it that China was able to overtake America in the first place? 

Max and Stacy are joined by guests Dan Collins, a businessman who lived and worked in China for 20 years, and Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and a researcher at the Levy Institute. They trace the history of the policy first set in motion by the Clinton administration in 2000 when Congress was urged to accept China into the WTO. Trump’s current trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, was almost the lone voice at the time arguing that allowing China into the WTO would destroy US manufacturing. He was right, everyone else was wrong. How can the US be extracted from its own disastrous mistakes? Is it possible to catch up to China’s high-tech advantage? Dan Collins notes that there has been a manufacturing boom over the past two decades, only it’s been happening in China, not America. Marshall Auerback believes it is possible to remedy that. Tune in to learn how.

Dec 29, 2019 07:47

Billionaire tax (E1)

In this episode, Front Running looks at the ‘billionaire tax’ proposed by the likes of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. What is driving the demand for this tax? Why are billionaires suddenly so hated? Where do billionaires even come from? Is there such a thing as ‘odious wealth?’ Front Running and guests, Dr Michael Hudson and Professor Steve Keen, look at the massive rise in wealth inequality and the central bank money printing that has contributed to it. They trace the rise of finance capitalism at the expense of the industrial capitalism which made America great for decades after WWII. Can taxes ever make America great again? Or is something more profound required to restore the wealth creation machine that powered the largest middle class in history?