The Reality Principle -Episode 1

“Austerity at Home & Abroad” with Dr. Jeffrey Sommers

Boiling Frogs Post welcomes Eric Draitser to its team of Partners! This is the first episode of The Reality Principle. Starting next week this weekly podcast show will be available to Boiling Frogs Post subscribers.

RPLogoAs the global economic crisis continues to worsen, austerity has become the consensus of the ruling elite.   The combination of brutal cuts, exploitative privatizations, and the assault on organized labor has led millions into the streets of Europe, demanding an end to the attack by the financiers.  However, in the United States, we face the prospect of an insidious "grand bargain" between Obama and the Republicans, one that will usher in a wave of cuts to social services that will surely cost lives and lay the groundwork for the destruction of critical social programs.  It is against this backdrop that we ask the question: Why is it always working people, the poor, the elderly, and other disadvantaged groups who are forced to pay for the excesses of the ruling class? Why must we pay for them?

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JeffreySommersDr. Jeffrey Sommers is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He is the co-author of the forthcoming book The Contradictions of Austerity: The Socio-Economic Costs of the Neoliberal Baltic Model (2013).  His research in political economy has recently brought him to Latvia and other parts of Eastern Europe where he has studied austerity and its impact on society. A strong critic of neoliberal capitalism, Dr. Sommers discusses the need for growth and credit creation as central to any economic recovery. He also explains how austerity fits into the larger historical context of the financial ruling class and their exploitation of the working class and the poor.

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  1. Thanks for a good first show, Mr. Draitser! Very informative, in depth, and with great musical interludes. Looking forward to more episodes.

    I do have one bit of constructive criticism/request though. I know you mentioned at the very end, but I think it might be helpful to mention it at the beginning as well, so that, when it gets shared on the net, listeners will have an easier idea of where to find it, more episodes, and more of Boiling Frogs Post!

    Not saying you shouldn’t mention your own site and shows and other places where you can be found. But I think the BFP brand should be mentioned out front on this particular show. We supporters of BFP are very happy you are providing this great content here and want others to know that this quality work is a part of BFP.

    Thank you!

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