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President Trump rode a wave of economic anxiety all the way to the White House. He effectively seized on the mass discontent felt by working people across the country, fueled by decades of neoliberal economic policies supported by both major parties. Since entering office, however, Trump has doubled down on the same crony capitalist approach to the economy that’s led to the highest levels of inequality since the Gilded Age. So what would a Left alternative vision of the U.S. economy look like? What kind of policies can activists on the Left push for that would stem the tide of inequality and serve as a counter force to both Trumpism and corporate capitalism? Bernie Sanders outlined a sweeping progressive agenda in his 2016 presidential campaign, but many more radical policies are possible in the United States ranging from a universal basic income to a universal job guarantee, public banking, worker coops, financial transaction tax, and repossession of fossil fuel company resources to fund renewable energy development. Kate Aronoff, Deyanira Del Rio, J.W. Mason, and Darrick Hamilton join In These Times community editor Miles Kampf-Lassin to discuss these and other alternatives to our neoliberal economic system.
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In These Times
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Miles Kampf-Lassin, a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School in Deliberative Democracy and Globalization, is the Community Editor at In These Times. He is a Chicago-based writer covering education, immigration, economics and politics. His work has appeared in publications including In These Times, Jacobin, the Chicago Reader and Alternet.
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In These Times
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Kate Aronoff, an In These Times writing fellow, has written extensively on environmental and economic issues. She is the former Communications Coordinator for the New Economy Coalition and a co-founder of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network. Aronoff’s work has appeared in the Atlantic, Jacobin, Rolling Stone and the New York Times. She is a co-host of the Dissent magazine podcast Hot & Bothered.
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John Jay College
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J.W. Mason is Assistant Professor of Economics at John Jay College, City University of New York and a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute with a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mason's research and teaching is primarily in macroeconomics. He is also interested in finance, economic history, the history of economic thought, and international finance and trade. Current research focuses on the historical evolution of leverage in various sectors of the US economy, and the interface between balance sheet positions and real economic activity.
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New Economy Project
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Dey’s work for 20 years has focused on promoting economic justice and financial inclusion in immigrant and low income communities. She has worked with groups throughout NYC and nationally to combat lending discrimination, strengthen community development financial institutions, and expand reinvestment in communities of color. A leading advocate for cooperative and community-controlled finance, Dey chairs the board of directors of the LES People’s Federal Credit Union in NYC. She also chairs the NYC Community Land Initiative.
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The New School for Social Research
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Darrick Hamilton is the director of the doctoral program in public and urban policy, and jointly appointed as an associate professor of economics and urban policy at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and the Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research at The New School in New York. Professor Hamilton is a stratification economist, whose work focuses on the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality in economic and health outcomes, which includes an examination of the intersection of identity, racism, colorism, and socioeconomic outcomes.
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