FROM Robert Pollin
The Economy after the Great Recession Forget the argument about the stimulus and the deficit. We're having the wrong conversation, according to Richard Florida. The Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto says, "We need to blow up the fundamentals of our economy."
What Comes after the Great Recession? The Great Recession is not economics as usual but the beginning of a historic transformation, according to some long-term thinkers. They say arguing over the stimulus and the deficit is the wrong conversation, based on the past instead of the future. But what will the future require? As the manufacturing economy is replaced by the knowledge economy, where will the next Middle Class come from? Will “green” industry generate jobs? Will home ownership still be relevant? Can government liberate creative entrepreneurs and encourage economic equality at the same time?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.