The Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In and Counter-Conference was held at George Washington University in Washington D.C. today (Wednesday US time that is – April 28, 2010). It was a grass roots exercised designed to counter the conference organised by the arch deficit-terrorists at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which was also held today in Washington D.C. While that event will also talk about “fiscal sustainability”, the reality is that it will merely rehearse the standard and erroneous neo-liberal objections to government activity in the economy. The objections are underpinned by religious-moral constructions dressed up as economic reasoning.
Here is a narrated version of the talk I gave at the Teach-In today which I did prior to the live talk. I was up early this morning and I thought it would be useful to put some narration to my slideshow and make it available for the benefit of those who could not come and hear it is person. You might have to turn the volume up at your end a bit in case it is too quiet. The talk goes for just over 45 minutes.
I tried embedding the video in the blog but it gave me some problems so I decided to make it available in download format tonight as a download. I will fix the embedded version at the weekend. You can download the video file (34 megs) and view it in your normal video player (VLC is best).
You can also see a live blogging transcript produced by the indefatigable Lambert Strether. It will give you an excellent documentary trail of the presentations and questions.
I would add that it was a really nice group that attended and I was very happy to meet a lot of those mysterious characters that are part of the billy blog community as commentators: joebhed; rebel capitalist; rvm; and others (excuse me for being impersonal).
There is now another effort being planned for Boston perhaps in late June.
Now I have to face going back home tomorrow. I will spend a few hours in Los Angeles tomorrow and will write a blog from there.
Short blog today!