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Alternative Visions – The 2018 Midterm Elections: None Dare Call It Victory

Dr. Rasmus evaluates the results of the 2018 midterm elections last Tuesday and the Democratic Party’s ‘Suburbia Strategy’ which produced less than historic average gains in the House of Representatives and major strategic losses in the Senate. The consequences of the now 54 Republican majority in the Senate are discussed—including Trump’s attacks on Mueller and Dems backing off impeachment. Also …

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Alternative Visions – Liberal Art in the Age of Trump + Reflections on America on the Eve of Election – 11.02.18

As the midterms approach, Dr. Rasmus reflects on indicators of social decline in America that the media (Trump’s & mainstream) ignore: 60,000 opiod deaths, 45,000 suicides, and 33,000 gun killings now occurring every year; daily school shootings; how lies and fear increasingly permeate US life; decline in democracy indicators; escalating violence and inequality; constant wars abroad that never end; technology …

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Alternative Visions – The Global Economy’s Growing Fragility

Dr. Rasmus reviews the current state of the global economy, discussing sectors where it’s slowing and growing financially more fragile. Quotes from JM Morgan, Forbes, Moody’s, Merrill Lynch surveys, IMF, and even other mainstream economists all predict a global recession coming 2020. Rasmus explains why it may be sooner, in late 2019. In Europe, the factors of Brexit, Italy, Euro …

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Alternative Visions – Is a 3rd Independent Progressive Party Now on the Agenda in America? – 10.19.18

Dr. Rasmus invites guests, Nick Brana and Alan Benjamin, to discuss the growing demand for a 3rd, independent political party, now supported by 67% of Americans according to a recent Gallup Poll. Nick Brana is the former national coordinator for the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign’s liaison to the Democratic Party, formerly the electoral manager for the post-2016 ‘Our Revolution’ movement …

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Alternative Visions – US &Global Stock Markets Plunge—What’s Next?

Today’s show focuses on the past week’s turmoil and decline in US and global stocks (Japan, EME, China, Europe), as Fed rate hikes and the ‘wall of money’ tsunami provided to investors by the Fed and Congress since 2008 now begins to recede. Dr. Rasmus explains why US stock and financial markets accelerated to record levels between 2009-2018 (i.e. Fed …

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Alternative Visions – Global Economic Instability Rising + Trump’s NAFTA 2.o

With the US Fed rate hikes accelerating, and US and global bond selloff accelerating this past week, Dr. Rasmus looks at signs of growing financial instability in the US and abroad. Bond interest rates accelerating and more Fed rate hikes coming. The impact intensifying again on emerging market economies. Stock markets and recessions deepening. Italian bonds and banks (+ Euro, …

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Alternative Visions – China-US Trade War: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Dr. Rasmus analyzes in depth the past week’s further trade tariffs announced by Trump against China ($200b) and China’s response in kind ($60b). Big  retreats in both cases in terms of tariff rates and composition (tariff exemptions)  show that real trade war not yet begun but getting closer. US investors and stock markets agree, and surge. Trump objective in latest …

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Alternative Visions – Lehman Brothers 2008 Crash & Emerging Markets 2018 Crises Compared

Dr. Rasmus explains the financial crash of 2008, from the collapse of Bear Stearns investment bank to the Lehman Brothers collapse of September that set off the general financial crisis. Are we seeing something similar beginning in Emerging Market Economies like Argentina, Turkey, So. Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, India perhaps?  Rasmus explains the 2008 crisis was not simply a subprime mortgage …