An Appeal to Antiquity to Illustrate a Point Regarding Universal Health Care, Federal Spending and the U.S. Constitution

At Rome, 114 A.D. I went down to Trajan’s market to see if it were possible to obtain two plump chickens and a few ripe figs for a dinner party that I was giving to celebrate with my friend, Septimius, the occasion of the birth of his fourth child. I found, to my surprise, Pallidus[…]

Let’s Revive Plato! (Well, sort of)

Let us say that some miners have discovered a new silver vein, and the emperor Augustus issues more coins. The coin is called a denarius and denarii contain a certain amount of silver. “Ok.” Firstly, what is a denarius? “It’s Roman money.” Ok. Fine. Now then, let us say that Augustus stamps a new denarius,[…]

Federal Taxpayers Do Not Fund the Federal Government; The Federal Government Funds Federal Taxpayers

Well that title is blunt, isn’t it? I like blunt. That’s why I chose it. As I always say, blunt cuts through bullshit. It’s my bet that it is sure to cause irritation for those persons who play immature games of semantics with the word ’fund’. Good. Look, we all know what people mean when[…]

Professor Bill Mitchell to Speak On the 25th of September in Brighton

The growth of the Labour Party movement and the popularity of Corbyn are a response to social problems which can be traced back either directly or indirectly to the economic ideology that has defined the last four decades: Neoliberalism. Faced with issues of inequality, democracy, war and humanity’s environmental demise, never has activism been so[…]

If You Can Deliberately Restrain Federal Spending, You Can Deliberately Expand It

Anti-austerity is a word, of which, culturally and socially speaking, perhaps the Spartans wouldn’t have approved of. We can accept that. It was a Laconian thing. We wouldn’t understand anyway. However, it is also a word, economically-speaking, that many orthodox economists and politicians understand but outright refuse to accept. It’s a neoliberal thing. We cannot[…]