Thursday is my last day in Helsinki and I have a lot of travelling to do later in the afternoon after I finish teaching. So I am posting this in the early hours of Thursday (Oz time), even though I am still in Helsinki. The new Post Graduate program in Global Political Economy, which we have launched at the University of Helsinki is a great development. I have been conducting lectures in a subject – From Modern Money Theory to Global Political Economy and Revival of Classical Political Economy. The class is largely made up of non-economics students and so the challenge has been to develop a set of conceptual and analytical tools fairly quickly and apply them to the major debates of the day. I think the time I have spent working out how to do that will be of great use when we launch programs under the MMT University banner later in the year. After my trip to Barcelona last weekend, we are hoping to introduce a similar type of course into the University there as part of an expanding network where students will be able to learn the principles of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and apply them to real world problems. More later on other developments.
Video of Public Lecture in Helsinki, February 27, 2018
This is an edited version of the Public Lecture I gave at the University of Helsinki on February 27, 2018.
The title of the talk was – Think our governments can no longer control capitalism? You’ve been duped, which was taken from the UK Guardian article (December 14, 2017) of the same name by Larry Elliot.
That article provides some analysis of my new book with Thomas Fazi – Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, September 2017).
The presentation is 65 minutes long and excludes the Q&A that followed, which was, in part marred by some sound issues. But the most important reason I excluded the Q&A was to keep the file smaller.
The video is taken from the University’s teaching system and they format the footage in this format.
Music to fly back home with …
Here some of the tracks I am listening to as I make my way back to Australia tonight.
The first is from one of my favourite guitar players – Peter Green – who recorded this after replacing Eric Clapton as the guitar player in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.
The whole album – A Hard Road – which was recorded in 1966 is exceptional, but this track – The Supernatural – is one of the best guitar tracks of all time.
The control he gets on his reverb is something else.
2:57 minutes of pure tone!
And just to put a finer point on it … here is John Mayall off his 1967 Ace of Clubs release – The Blues Alone.
This track – Broken Wings – has John Mayall playing and singing with Keef Hartley on drums.
This was the first album I ever owned and this track motivated me to want to play blues music. The B3 organ sound is beyond belief.
Both tracks are on my phone playlists and still get done to death!
Flying high …
I will resurface in much warmer climes for my next blog post on Monday.
The Weekend Quiz will pop up tomorrow as usual.
That is enough for today!
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