Gaius Publius • UnPeople



In this 5 min editorial, first presented in the course of his Jan 2014 Counterpoints conversation with Economist Stephanie Kelton, Gaius Publius considers Noam Chomsky's ideas of Unpeople, adapted from George Orwell’s term for those unfit to enter history.

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Kevin C. Murphy & Stuart Zechman • Defining Liberalism & Progressivism

Kevin C. Murphy & Stuart Zechman discuss the difference between modern ¨liberalism¨ and modern ¨progressivism.´ Five minutes excerpted from this longer conversation where Stuart Zechman and Kevin C. Murphy discuss Kevin's dissertation, Uphill All the Way: The Fortunes of Progressivism 1919-1929

Gaius Publius considers  it here.

Listen to Kevin's Aug 2013 conversation about 1920s progressive context, thought and action in which progressives became liberals... here.

Joan McCarter & David Waldman • Reid Rule•Filibuster Reform

Nov 22, 2013 – Joan McCarter and David Waldman discuss the implications of the Reid Rule, and the future of the filibuster in the Senate. David (KagroX) has been working on this issue for at least 6 years, as reported today by CNN. Kudos to Joan, Darcy Burner and Sen. Jeff Merkley

Here's to 'up or down' votes in the Senate. Read more

From TPM • 'A Great Day': Jeff Merkley's Filibuster Reform Crusade Finally Pays Off

From HuffPost • History Of The Filibuster Explained By Senator Jeff Merkley

From Hullabaloo • What filibuster supporters don't understand

Stephanie Kelton: The Taylor Rule for Fiscal Policy

Stephanie Kelton, Chair of the Economics Department at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, cites Marriner Eccles – FDR's Fed Chair –  in this concise explanation of  what a Taylor rule for fiscal policy would look like. 3 min, 39 sec. Listen,

Clipped from Stephanie Kelton's October hour-long conversation with Jay Ackroyd. Complete episode here.


From Business Insider

Former Obama Economic Advisor Has A Fascinating Suggestion ... To Automatically Get Out Of The Next Recession

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Read Christina D. Romer  @ Johns Hopkins University, Oct 25, 2013







What Digby Said: The Big Lie

Digby asks economist Stephanie Kelton to explain the debt ceiling. Digby, Susie Madrak & Stephanie Kelton discuss the fallacy of national debt and the so-called Grand Bargain. 12 min 32 sec. Listen

Excerpted from Sept 22 VS Sundays. Listen the full hour here.

Follow @StephanieKelton @digby56 @SusieMadrak


Stephanie Kelton, Ph.D. – Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; Editor-in-Chief of New Economic Perspectives; and a member of the TopWonks network of the nation’s best thinkers. Her book, The State, The Market and The Euro (2001) predicted the debt crisis in the Eurozone, and her subsequent work correctly predicted that: (1) Quantitative Easing (QE) wouldn’t lead to high inflation; (2) government deficits wouldn’t cause a spike in U.S. interest rates; (3) the S&P downgrade wouldn’t cause investors to flee Treasuries; (4) the U.S. would not experience a European-style debt crisis.

digby —  American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake. 

Susie Madrak – Journalist; Managing Editor at Crooks and Liars. Susie’s blog is Suburban Guerrilla at



Dave Johnson & Stuart Zechman: TPP



Snipped from May 26 VS Sundays. Dave Johnson unpacks the Trans Pacific Partnership - what it is and what it isn't . Stuart Zechman connects the dots back to Democrats in power.

Dave, in a a recent Huffington Post:

Upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like Corporate Takeover

Dave begins

"You will be hearing a lot about the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. TPP's negotiations are being held in secret with details kept secret even from our Congress. But giant corporations are in the loop.
TPP is a "trade" agreement between several Pacific-rim countries that is actually about much more than just trade. It will be sold as a trade agreement (because everyone knows that "trade" is good) but much of it appears to be (from what we know) a corporate end-run around things We the People want to do to reign in the giant corporations -- like Wall Street regulation, environmental regulation and corporate taxation."

In AmericaBlog, Gaius Publius writes

TPP is a secret Obama trade agreement that will trump national sovereignty


Dave Waldman: #GunFail



Snipped from June 24 VS Sundays. How many gun enthusiasts injure themselves or family and friends? Dave Waldman, aka KagroX, responds to prompting from Gaius Publius about his Twitter-based campaign to increase media attention on the steady stream of accidental gun injuries and deaths.

Dan Ellsberg: Circe's Potion

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From a longer conversation recorded 2011.

The year was 1969. Henry Kissinger had made his first presentation to the National Security Council.  Dan Ellsberg describes a conversation with Henry Kissenger on the effects of being granted awareness of and access to new layers of information that your previous circles don't have access to and may not know exist. Text below.


"Henry, there's something I would like to tell you, for what it's worth, something I wish I had been told years ago. You've been a consultant for a long time, and you've dealt a great deal with top secret information. But you're about to receive a whole slew of special clearances, maybe fifteen or twenty of them, that are higher than top secret.

"I've had a number of these myself, and I've known other people who have just acquired them, and I have a pretty good sense of what the effects of receiving these clearances are on a person who didn't previously know they even existed.  And the effects of reading the information that they will make available to you.

"First, you'll be exhilarated by some of this new information, and by having it all — so much! incredible! — suddenly available to you. But second, almost as fast, you will feel like a fool for having studied, written, talked about these subjects, criticized and analyzed decisions made by presidents for years without having known of the existence of all this information, which presidents and others had and you didn't, and which must have influenced their decisions in ways you couldn't even guess. In particular, you'll feel foolish for having literally rubbed shoulders for over a decade with some officials and consultants who did have access to all this information you didn't know about and didn't know they had, and you'll be stunned that they kept that secret from you so well.

"You will feel like a fool, and that will last for about two weeks. Then, after you've started reading all this daily intelligence input and become used to using what amounts to whole libraries of hidden information, which is much more closely held than mere top secret data, you will forget there ever was a time when you didn't have it, and you'll be aware only of the fact that you have it now and most others don't....and that all those other people are fools.

"Over a longer period of time — not too long, but a matter of two or three years — you'll eventually become aware of the limitations of this information. There is a great deal that it doesn't tell you, it's often inaccurate, and it can lead you astray just as much as the New York Times can.  But that takes a while to learn.

"In the meantime it will have become very hard for you to learn from anybody who doesn't have these clearances. Because you'll be thinking as you listen to them: 'What would this man be telling me if he knew what I know? Would he be giving me the same advice, or would it totally change his predictions and recommendations?' And that mental exercise is so torturous that after a while you give it up and just stop listening. I've seen this with my superiors, my colleagues....and with myself.

"You will deal with a person who doesn't have those clearances only from the point of view of what you want him to believe and what impression you want him to go away with, since you'll have to lie carefully to him about what you know. In effect, you will have to manipulate him. You'll give up trying to assess what he has to say. The danger is, you'll become something like a moron. You'll become incapable of learning from most people in the world, no matter how much experience they may have in their particular areas that may be much greater than yours."

....Kissinger hadn't interrupted this long warning. As I've said, he could be a good listener, and he listened soberly. He seemed to understand that it was heartfelt, and he didn't take it as patronizing, as I'd feared. But I knew it was too soon for him to appreciate fully what I was saying. He didn't have the clearances yet.