What Can We Do About the Economy?


In a time of ongoing crisis, with millions in the U.S. facing unemployment or underemployment, it’s time to get radical. A new podcast from the Review of Radical Political Economics (RRPE) looks at the crucial need to create well-being in our society and asks: Can economists move us in the right direction?

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Michael Perelman, Professor of Economics at California State University, Chico, runs the Progressive Economists Network, a moderated listserv intended to foster communication and educate people about what needs to be done. His article, “What Went Wrong: An Idiosyncratic Perspective on the Economy and Economics,” is forthcoming in the December issue of RRPE. Editor David Barkin spoke with Professor Perelman, discussing the urgent matters which should be at the forefront of our thoughts, while also discovering reasons to take heart and take action.

Michael Perelman is a professor of economics at California State University, Chico. He is the author of 19 books. His latest publications are The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers (NY: Monthly Review Press, 2011); The Confiscation of American Prosperity: From Right-wing Extremism and Economic Ideology to the Next Great Depression (NY: Palgrave, 2007); and Railroading Economics: The Creation of the Free Market Mythology (NY: Monthly Review Press, 2006).

David Barkin, doctor in economics from Yale University (1966), is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco Campus, Mexico City where he has been since 1975. In 1974 he was a founding member of the Ecodevelopment Center, created by the Mexican Science and Technology Council as an independent research organization. He was a recipient of the National Prize in Political Economy in 1979 for his analysis of inflation in Mexico. He was elected to the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 1992 and is an emeritus member of the National Research Council.

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