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[TaM-502] The Truth About Markets – 04 April 2016

We talk about the current account deficit, neoliberalism and media coverage of Syria.

[KR896] Keiser Report: Economics of Crime & Stupidity

We discuss crime and stupidity as a horrible long term economic plan. In the second half Max interviews Kerry-Anne Mendoza of about the latest wave of privatizations announced by the UK Treasury on a holiday weekend. Kerry-Anne notes that a parliamentary select committee found that Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs) are ALWAYS more expensive than infrastructure projects built with government finance.

[KR895] Keiser Report: Fools in Charge

We discuss the fools in charge making things more complex as small print and Byzantine paperwork mire people and systems in ‘gotcha’-style debt traps. In the second half, Max continues his talk with Michael Betancourt about his new book, The Critique of Digital Capitalism. Michael suggests we are evolving into our pocket calculators as the submerged costs of social networks bite. They also discuss ‘the aura of information’ – everything can become data; once it becomes information, it can become a tool; but that fantasy implodes when we start having to take account of physical costs.

[KR894] Keiser Report – Helicopter Money in the Days of Digital Capitalism

We discuss billions from heaven as more economists, bankers and pundits plead for money printing. We also look at three charts which show the ‘fundamentals’ are not, in fact, improving; only the illusion is getting bigger. In the second half, Max talks to Michael Betancourt about his new book, The Critique of Digital Capitalism, in which all is about flow, not real trade and where wages are considered a cut into profits – so online ‘work’ no longer receives wages.

Double Down: Has Helicopter Money Arrived in Japan? Can the ECB Do the Same for Europe?


Our new radio series, Double Down. In the first episode, we interview Mitch Feierstein about helicopter money in Japan.


[E501] The Truth About Markets – 26 March 2016

[KR893] Keiser Report: Despair Fatigue

We ask not what corporations can do for you, they, instead, ask what you can do for your corporations. We look at how multinationals and giant corporations like Pfizer and AT&T ‘lobby’ politicians to increase costs to consumers and restrict competition. In the second half, Max and Stacy continue their talk with anthropologist and LSE professor, David Graeber, about his latest article, Despair Fatigue.

[KR892] Keiser Report: Valley Girl

We talk ‘tacos and cabernet’ as both the media elite and the political elite go like totally Valley Girl as rising inequality and declining wages stump the so-called experts. In the second half we talk to anthropologist and LSE professor, David Graeber, about his latest article, Despair Fatigue. They look at the latest in austerity outrages and at the complicit media which refuses to cover the resistance to these policies.

[KR891] Keiser Report: Warnings from Confucius

In a double-Stacy episode, we look at the warnings from Confucius and Adam Smith. First, we look at the danger of those who think but do not learn; so ‘free trade’ deals are imposed because a ‘think tank’ believes it’s a great ideological idea but without looking at history to see what happens when wealth and hope are taken from an entire class of people. Then, in the second half, we look at the most important issue of 2016: creeping monopolization as oligopolies emerge in every major sector in America and across the world.

[KR890] Keiser Report: Beware the Ides of March

We look at the dangers hidden in the Ides of March and the S&P 500’s rounded top. As markets send out bad omens, one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies buys gold to protect itself from negative interest rates. Will the retail investor be far behind? In the second half Max interviews Lorien Gamaroff of about cryptocurrency in South Africa where up to 80% of the population has no access to financial services. They also discuss crowdfunding schools in Soweto.

A drunk leprechaun fight

[KR889] Keiser Report: Trump-Addicted America

We ask what’s the matter with Kansas? And Virginia? North Carolina? Florida? Alabama? Michigan and Massachusetts? Are voters flocking to Donald Trump because they’re racist? Or, is it the economy and so-called ‘free trade’ deals, stupid? In the second half Max continues his interview with Satyajit Das, author of Extreme Money and A Banquet of Consequences about the coming market collapse.