March 24, 2020

Disaster Economics

As the world shelters in place from the coronavirus pandemic, an economic crisis is growing. This week, Nick and Goldy pull the curtain back on why trickle-down has made us extra vulnerable to disasters like COVID-19. Our focus always, but especially now, should be on building a more resilient and inclusive economy that can actively protect people from ruin and tragedy. The only limit to our ability to address this crisis is our imagination and our willingness to act.  Further reading:  Hurricanes hit the poor the hardest: Insult to Injury: Natural Disasters and Residents’ Financial Health: How natural disasters can increase inequality: Poverty and Death: Disaster and Mortality 1996-2015: Poll: Nearly 1 in 5 Households Have Lost Work Because of Pandemic: Mnuchin warns senators of 20% US unemployment without coronavirus rescue, source says: Coronavirus shock will likely claim 3 million jobs by summer: News clips from CBS News and ABC News Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer
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Re-imagining capitalism (with Anu Partanen and Trevor Corson)

Contrary to popular belief, Nordic countries aren’t actually socialist! No, friends, the Nords are capitalists—but they pull it off much better than we do. To help re-imagine American capitalism, writers Anu Partanen and Trevor Corson join us this week all the way from Finland.  Anu Partanen is a journalist and the author of The Nordic Theory of Everything. The book debunks some of the most common myths about Nordic societies and discusses what the United States might be able to borrow from aspects of Nordic success in the twenty-first century. She has written for The New York Times and The Atlantic. Twitter: @anupartanen Trevor Corson is an award-winning author and editor. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and many more.  Twitter: @TrevorCorson Further reading:  The Nordic Theory of Everything: Finland Is a Capitalist Paradise: What Americans Don’t Get About Nordic Countries: Capitalism Redefined: Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all the answers? Make sure you check out Majority.FM’s AM Quickie, the morning news podcast for progressives in the know: Website: Twitter: @PitchforkEcon Instagram: @pitchforkeconomics Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer
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