Economy & Work

A Civilized Critic of Savage Behavior – Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (pt 6/8)
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A Civilized Critic of Savage Behavior – Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (pt 6/8)

This is an episode of Reality Asserts Itself, produced on June 15, 2014. Mr. Johnson says the compulsive pressure of money in politics has led to an abandonment of rules other than rules which transfer risk onto the back of the public.

The Destruction of Baltimore’s Middle East Community – Marisela Gomez on RAI (pt 2/4)
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The Destruction of Baltimore’s Middle East Community – Marisela Gomez on RAI (pt 2/4)

This is an episode of Reality Asserts Itself, produced on January 9, 2014. On Reality Asserts Itself, Marisela Gomez tells Paul Jay that Johns Hopkin’s “broken windows” policy and Baltimore’s use of eminent domain law helped destroy a once vibrant community.

Why the Media Doesn’t Understand Control Fraud
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Why the Media Doesn’t Understand Control Fraud

Financialization of the economy and pervasive corruption go hand-in-hand. The stronger the financial sector and more parasitical it becomes, the more profound and systemic the corruption. Paul Jay joins “The New Untouchables” for a discussion about Bill Black’s conception of “control fraud.”

What Happened to Making Steel in Baltimore? – Mark Reutter on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)
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What Happened to Making Steel in Baltimore? – Mark Reutter on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

This interview was originally published on February 24, 2015. Mark Reutter, author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might, talks about why steel production collapsed across America.

What Would You Do If You Ran Baltimore Housing Policy – Marisela Gomez on RAI (pt 4/4)
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What Would You Do If You Ran Baltimore Housing Policy – Marisela Gomez on RAI (pt 4/4)

This is an episode of Reality Asserts Itself, produced on January 14, 2014. Marisela Gomez tells Paul Jay that redevelopment in Baltimore must start with revitalizing the community, not to gentrify and raise real-estate values, but for the benefit of people who historically lived there.

Imperialism Then and Now: Wealth, Unemployment, and Insufficient Demand- Pt 1/3 Prabhat Patnaik

Imperialism Then and Now: Wealth, Unemployment, and Insufficient Demand- Pt 1/3 Prabhat Patnaik

Imperialism which existed in the colonial era persists to this day and the system cannot do without it. In a 3 Part series, Prabhat Patnaik discusses his read on the history of capitalism from colonialism into the present. Prabhat Patnaik reviews the connection between imperialism and capitalism through history to stress that by necessity of the accumulation of wealth, somewhere demand has to be suppressed to provide cheap inputs to ‘the markets’. The colonialist relation is retained to the present, with changing subjects.

Capitalism Will Hit the Wall Again, Hard – Heiner Flassbeck on RAI Pt 5/5
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Capitalism Will Hit the Wall Again, Hard – Heiner Flassbeck on RAI Pt 5/5

Mr. Flassbeck says people must get politically engaged and find an alternative or we will face dictatorship because today’s capitalism is out of answers. This is an episode of Reality Asserts Itself, produced August 3, 2014, with Paul Jay.

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