inside the meltdown

Investigating how the economy went so bad so fast and what Bernanke and Paulson didn't see, couldn't stop and weren't able to fix.


James ThindwaJames Thindwa
James Thindwa, whose campaign for economic fairness for working people in Chicago has brought him up against the city’s powerful political establishment and corporate giant Wal-Mart. (March 27, 2009)

Robert Johnson, photo by Robin HollandRobert Johnson
Bill Moyers talks with economist Robert Johnson, who decodes this week’s news on the bank bailout, with a hard look at the international ramifications of the plan and a discussion of why nationalization has become a flash point. (February 27, 2009)

Simon Johnson, photo by Robin HollandSimon Johnson
Former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), MIT Sloan School of Management professor and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Simon Johnson examines President Obama’s plan for economic recovery. (February 13, 2009)

James Galbraith, photo by Robin HollandJames Galbraith
Bill Moyers sits down to talk about the economic future with James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Galbraith is the author of six books, the most recent, THE PREDATOR STATE: HOW CONSERVATIVES ABANDONED THE FREE MARKET AND WHY LIBERALS SHOULD TOO. (October 24, 2008)

Michael Zweig, photo by Robin HollandMichael Zweig
Michael Zweig, professor of economics and director of the Center for the Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, on the economic realities of the downturn. (October 17, 2008)

George Soros, photo by Robin HollandGeorge Soros
Bill Moyers talks with one of the world’s most successful investors George Soros about the global capital meltdown, how he saw it coming, and what can be done now. (October 10, 2008)

Kevin PhillipsKevin Phillips on BAD MONEY
Bill Moyers sits down with former Nixon White House strategist and political and economic critic Kevin Phillips, whose latest book BAD MONEY: RECKLESS FINANCE, FAILED POLITICS, AND THE GLOBAL CRISIS OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM explores the role that the crumbling financial sector played in the now-fragile American economy. (September 19, 2008)

HeadlinesWinners and Losers
NEW YORK TIMES business and financial columnists Gretchen Morgenson and Floyd Norris discuss who wins and who loses in the financial turmoil. (September 19, 2008)
FBI Domestic Spy PosterFacing up to the Economy
Bill Moyers talks with economist Dean Baker and journalist Bob Herbert about the economic challenges facing the government and the populace. (August 8, 2008)

FBI Domestic Spy PosterMortgage Mess
THE JOURNAL travels to ground zero of the mortgage meltdown — Cleveland, Ohio. Correspondent Rick Karr takes viewers to Slavic Village, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the nation when it comes to the spate of foreclosures caused by the subprime mortgage crisis. (July 18, 2008)

William Greider, photo by Robin HollandWilliam Greider on Wall Street
Veteran journalist William Greider on the current financial crisis and what he calls «the great deflation of Wall Street.» (July 18, 2008)

Katherine Newman, photo by Robin HollandThe Downturn on the Homefront
Sociologist Katherine Newman on the global markets› effect on kitchen table issues. (January 25, 2008)

Wall StreetAn American Recession?
Veteran market watcher Robert Kuttner and Wall Street insider William H. Donaldson give their read of the current economic landscape and discuss the risks of the deregulation of the financial industry. (October 12, 2007)

John BogleJohn Bogle
Investment industry giant John Bogle says that as more and more money managers take control over corporations on Wall Street, Main Street is paying the price. (September 28, 2007)
FBI Domestic Spy PosterGretchen Morgenson
Financial columnist Gretchen Morgenson on the SEC, the mortgage crisis and other matters fiscal. (June 29, 2007)


«Globalisation, Global Crisis, and Global Transformation»

by Professor Barry K. Gills, University of Newcastle

28th October 2009, 18.00-20.00
Auditorium XII, Main University Building, Unioninkatu 37

Podcast from the lecture can be downloaded here [mp3 file]


Slovenian Philosopher Slavoj Zizek on Capitalism, Healthcare, Latin American «Populism» and the «Farcical» Financial Crisis

Democracy Now: Dubbed by the National Review as “the most dangerous political philosopher in the West” and the New York Times as “the Elvis of cultural theory,” Slovenian philosopher and public intellectual Slavoj Žižek has written over fifty books on philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory. In his latest book, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Žižek analyzes how the United States has moved from the tragedy of 9/11 to what he calls the farce of the financial meltdown. [includes rush transcript]

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Tax havens & currency speculation Pt.2

Kapoor: Closing tax havens could pay for health care


Modern monetary theory blogs

CofFEE Director’s Blog – contains a daily commentary on economic events from a modern monetary theory perspective.

Interviews with Bill Mitchell and Randy Wray May 2009

The following links provide access to the Modern Monetary Theory interviews with Professors Bill Mitchell and Randy Wray which were recorded on May 29, 2009 at Newcastle, Australia.

The interviewer was Victor Quirk. They are in standard video mp4 format.

Part 1 – 139mb

Part 2 – 130mb

Part 3 – 161mb

Part 4 – 210mb

Public Policy Lectures May 2009

The CofFEE University is holding a series of public lectures on the Global Financial Crisis during May 2009, in Newcastle, Australia.

Lecture 1 – An introduction to the Global Financial Crisis – May 14, 2009

Where: University House, Room UNH416 – King Street, Newcastle
Time: 17:30 – 19:00

The video stream and slideshow will be available by Friday, May 29, 2009.

Topics Covered:

  • What caused it?
  • What are the solutions?
  • How do we assess the response by Governments to date?

Lecture 2 – Macroeconomics for beginners – Part 1 – May 20, 2009

Where: University of Newcastle (Maths Building) Room V101, Callaghan Campus
Time: 17:30 – 19:00

Complete video podcast


32:17 – 1 year ago youtube.com

The Global Financial Crisis: Causes and the Islamic alternative


THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Essential Resources from the Carnegie Council

May 13, 2009

House of Cards. Photo by Bah Humbug (CC)

In the last two years, nearly everyone has felt the dramatic effects of the global financial crisis.

Developed economies are contracting, and emerging markets are facing slower growth rates. Unemployment is rising rapidly. Aid flows are down. Governments, rather than businesses, are driving economic decisions.






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