Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

There is no denying the fact that our country has a serious problem with guns, in 2013 alone 33,636 people were killed by firearms in the United States, and it seems like every week we are reporting on another tragic mass shooting, which makes the inability of our lawmakers to pass meaningful reforms of our Nations gun laws all the more infuriating.  However, according to Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress things could actually get much worse as a result of the possibility that The Supreme Court might take up a case that could strip lawmakers of much of what remains of their ability to address America’s gun violence epidemic.  Ian joins me today to talk all about the case Friedman v. City of Highland Park and what will happen if the plaintiffs ultimately prevail. 

John Maynard Keynes is perhaps the twentieth century’s most influential economist and is considered by many in the field to be nothing less than the Adam Smith of his time.  His General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, published in 1936, has become one of the most important economics books of the twentieth century, and is as important as Smith’s Wealth of Nations in inaugurating an economic era.  He helped FDR launch the New Deal, saved Britain from financial crisis twice over the course of two World Wars, and instructed Western nations on how to protect themselves from social unrest, economic instability, and high unemployment.  And, although much is known about Keynes’ work and theories the same cannot be said about the other areas of his life, which like many Englishmen of his class and era, he kept compartmentalized and private.  Joining me today to discuss the life and work of John Maynard Keynes is acclaimed biographer and historian Richard Davenport-Hines whose latest book Universal Man: The Lives of John Maynard Keynes is truly the first accessible biography of Keynes, and reveals him to be so much more than just an economist. 


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