Did you take a class in economics? Could be high school, could be college; it doesn’t matter. What’s the one thing you’re most likely to remember? “Supply and demand.” What people often forget or don’t know: Most of the subsequent classes teach the various ways in which it ain’t necessarily so. Ron Baiman’s latest book, Ghost Curve Ideology and the Value Neutral Aspect of Neoclassical Economics, takes a hammer to the concept, proposes alternatives and, furthermore, asserts that claims of neoclassical economics as value neutral are not just untrue but have contributed to many of the public policy disasters we’re suffering through today.
Baiman appeared most recently on Chicago DSA’s Talkin’ Socialism in January of 2016. He and Bill Barclay discussed whether the aftermath of the “Great Recession” is the “Great Stagnation”.
Historian William Pelz has a new book that brings the spirit of Howard Zinn to European history: A People’s History of Modern Europe. “From the monarchical terror of the Middle Ages to the mangled Europe of the twenty-first century, A People’s History of Modern Europe tracks the history of the continent through the deeds of those whom mainstream history tries to forget.” You can watch Pelz’ discussion of the book HERE.
Pelz was interviewed on Talkin’ Socialism in June of 2015 on the occasion of a re-issue of an earlier book, Eugene V. Debs Reader: Socialism and the Class Struggle.
Historian Margaret Power was interviewed on Talkin’ Socialism in November of 2015 about her forthcoming book (co-authored with Timothy Kelly and Michael Cary), Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community During the Great Depression. As day follows night, the book has been issued by Penn State University Press.
Norvelt, a town in western Pennsylvania named for EleaNOR RooeVELT, was established as part of a New Deal program to create about 100 new towns, removing destitute families from desperate urban industrialism to a Jeffersonian cooperative community. The book examines a “still-unfolding narrative of transformation in one Pennsylvania town, and the struggles and successes of its original residents against the backdrop of one of the most ambitious federal endeavors in United States history.”