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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 …

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Alternative Visions – Ideology in Economics II + Updates on Turkey Crisis & US-China Trade Negotiations

The first half of today’s show elaborates further on last week’s show topic: ‘What is ideology in Mainstream Economics’ and how it works.  Today the focus is on two examples of ideology and favorite theories of mainstream econ—Laffer curves and Phillips curves. Rasmus explains ideology as manipulation of language to misrepresent reality, facts, and original ideas. Ideology as conscious, purposeful, intentional …

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Alternative Visions – Turkey’s Currency Crisis + Ideology in Mainstream Economics-How It Works – 08.10.18

Rasmus describes what’s going on in Turkey this week, as its currency collapses threatening to drag down Italian Banks and other emerging market economies. How US Fed and Trump policy are behind the Turkish and emerging markets’ economic crises, now deepening. EME economies that loaded up on dollarized debt  globally are the ones collapsing fastest. How global speculators and Trump-US …