The Squatters and Unwaged Workers support and promote those resisting social order and trying to create an alternative to it. Interviews with local and interstate unwaged and unemployed activists, squatters and plugs of local and interstate actions, protests, conferences, meetings and film screenings.
UWFB: The Case for Free Universal Childcare
Why do women do less well out of our economy? Didn't the feminist revolution of the 1970s deal with all that? We speak with two women about a significant moment in women's lives that happens to be a key moment in their financial lives - becoming a mother then deciding when and how to return to work. Fantastic conversations with Melinda (mother and careers counsellor), and Professor Guyonne Kalb (economist at the University of Melbourne).(With cameo appearances by economist Professor Barbara Pocock, and MMT organiser Rohan Grey.)Further reading:Here is an article by MMT advocate Jengis Osman, that explains in more depth, how the government was able to increase the childcare subsidy in 2020, and the impact this extra spending had on the economy: Why Universal Free Childcare is Possible.The video mentioned, featuring Dr. Andrea O'Reilly: "When My Kids were Young".
UWFB: A 1950s Economy for Women
Why are women feeling the pinch more than men in the covid-economy? How do attitudes towards women wend their way into a national budget? Are we squeezing a 2021 economy into a 1950s budget? That's a pretty uncomfortable fit.Anne & Kev discuss the momentum for change and the pre-figurative potentials of a music festival.(Featuring Professor Barbara Pocock and organiser Gabrielle Bond.)Sustainable Prosperity Action Group
UWFB: Animated MMT
Anne & Kev chat with Mischa Herman about what gets a sound engineer excited enough about macroeconomics to produce a 2-part animation on an Introduction to MMT (Modern Monetary Theory).We chat with Mischa about the basics of how an economy works, and reminisce about war bonds. If you ask us what the MCG has got to do with MMT, you might get more than you bargained for.Resources mentioned in the showIntroduction to MMT (Modern Monetary Theory)part 1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX59aMG682AIntroduction to MMT (Modern Monetary Theory)part 2https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUp_kX64DJw&t=5sWill Australia ever run out of money? | The WeeklyJul 22, 2020Luke McGregorCowboy EconomistJ.T. HarveyAs mentioned, the script of the 2-part animation is based on the work of Bill Mitchell, Warren Mosler, Steven Hail, & The MMT Podcast.
UWFB: Inflation: Don't F*ck Up The Resources!
Zoltan Bexley walks Kev & Anne through the inflation controversy, and explains who are inflation's winners and losers. Holy cow, you can lose big! But isn't that why we want activists, who understand the distribution of resources? Enter Kristin from the Australian Unemployed Workers' Union (AUWU) who reveals how one bunch of Australians is ganging up on another bunch of Australians.Featuring Martin Watts (Professor of Economics), Rohan Grey (Associate Professor of Law), and Janet Yellen (U.S. Treasury Secretary).To delve further into the MMT perspective on inflation:Our friends Patricia Pino & Christian Reilly, over at The MMT Podcast, speak with MMT founder Warren Mosler and MMT scholar Dr Phil Armstrong about their recent paper: “Weimar Republic Hyperinflation through a Modern Monetary Theory Lens”.
Kevin shares his thoughts on Australia Day, and we look at how covert racism sneaks in under cover of views about the economy. Pssst! Who is going to tell the PM there is no such thing as a "debt" that needs to be paid back when he spends on national necessities like Jobseeker and Jobkeeper?
UWFB: It's Complicated: All About QE
The Australian federal government seems to be spending a lot of money to support the economy as we fall into a recession due to the pandemic lockdowns. Does it seem to you like not so much of that money is having a positive effect? Could it be that the Coalition Government are not great economic managers? Anne and Kev call upon the guidance of Andrew Chirgwin to navigate the black lagoon of current monetary policy where lives the Quantitative Easing creature. (Featuring MMT economist Dr. Steven Hail, and RBA Governor Philip Lowe.)
Both Kev and Anne do a great job of simplifying MMT and highlighting its uses in society, along with attracting great guests.