economics

ROI: Does the Pentagon Fund Movies?

One of the most common conspiracy theories you hear in this line of research is that the Pentagon and CIA fund Hollywood movies.  This isn't entirely untrue - the CIA covertly funded productions of Animal Farm and 1984 in the early Cold War period - but on the whole, it is untrue.  In all the many thousands of documen

Interview 1479 – Catherine Austin Fitts Explains the Financial Coup D’état

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2019-09-17%20Catherine%20Austin%20Fitts.mp3"][/audio]Catherine Austin Fitts has been following the story of the black budget, the missing trillions, and the back door in the US Treasury for decades. Now, her tireless work on this subject has been published in a comprehensive report from Solari.com, "The Real Game of Missing Money" Volumes 1 and 2.

Interview 1473 – Catallaxy Defined on Declare Your Independence

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2019-08-29%20James%20Corbett.mp3"][/audio]In this clip from his regular weekly appearance on Declare Your Independence, James debunks the "economics" hoax of the language manipulators and defines the "catallactics" solution.

Interview 1470 – Financial Survival in the Everything Bubble Pop

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2019-07-11%20Financial%20Survival.mp3"][/audio]James joins Melody Cedarstrom of the Financial Survival radio show to discuss negative interest rates, derivative black holes, currency wars and other signs of the coming financial apocalypse.

Interview 1447 – New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2019-06-06%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: ThemTube continues their purge as more alt media gets demonetized; the 2020 candidates line up to pledge allegiance to Israel; and the minimum wage does its job as small independent businesses close in Emeryville.

Episode 355 – The Dark History of the Minimum Wage

[audio mp3="https://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/episode355-lq.mp3"][/audio]There's something strange about the idea of a minimum wage. It's one of those subjects that everyone has a strong opinion about, even if they have no idea what makes actual economic sense. But perhaps the most surprising thing of all is that the minimum wage has a dirty secret that most economists don't want you to know about.

‘All Assistance is Provided at No Cost to You’ – FBI Letter to Martin Scorcese

In late 2009 the FBI got wind of the fact that Martin Scorcese was developing The Wolf of Wall Street, about stock fraudster turned federal cooperator Jordan Belfort.  So the Bureau's Michael Kortan wrote to Scorcese to offer their help and supp

Interview 1428 – Jacob Vigdor on the Seattle Minimum Wage

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2019-03-25%20Jacob%20Vigdor.mp3"][/audio]Jacob Vigdor is Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also the principal investigator of the Minimum Wage Study at the University of Washington, which is exploring the impact of minimum wage ordinances in Seattle and other cities.

ClandesTime 174 – The Big Short vs Margin Call

The 2008 Wall Street crash has inspired little more than a staccato response from Hollywood, with very few films taking the subject seriously. In this episode I examine and review two of the more prominent movies that cover this topic – The Big Short and Margin Call.

Stars of CBS’ FBI Admit They are Making Propaganda for the FBI

Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki, two of the stars of the CBS drama FBI were asked about the government shutdown this week, and responded with a statement that sounds like it was written by the FBI's Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit.

The Wire Season 4 Review (Preview)

In this penultimate review episode I look at how the education system is a poor place to learn anything, how standardised testing is a form of child abuse, the fundamental problems of electoral politics, and expand on why an intelligence-based approach to societal problems is always better than a military-based ap

Interview 1395 – James Corbett on Howe Street Radio

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-10-18%20James%20Corbett.mp3"][/audio]James Corbett joins Jim Goddard for his bi-monthly appearance on HoweStreet.com. This time they discuss the IMF's attempts to put the crypto genie back in the central bank bottle; drug money and the banksters; the latest on the trade war; and the strange, sudden interest of the lamestream media in the sins of the Saudis.

Oligarchy Is as Dangerous as the Soviets

During the Cold War the United States fought to defend its political system against the threat of Communism. But times have changed. Does the US now have to defend its republic and its democracy against the threat of a new Gilded Age of oligarchs and the dangerous consequences of deep income inequality?  Vanderbilt law professor and former Senate staffer Ganesh Sitaraman argues that, in a political system like that of the US, which was designed to be class-blind, widening the economic divide can actually bring down the system.

Episode 331 – Why Economists Are Always Wrong

[audio mp3="https://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/episode331-lq.mp3"][/audio]The state of affairs in economics is not just embarrassing, it's downright perplexing. Economics is a science, right? It must follow some ironclad laws of the physical universe then, mustn't it? But somehow we always end up asking the same question: Why Are Economists Always Wrong?

Economics in One Image

Have you ever agonized over le mot juste for explaining catallactics to your friends? Despaired over a simple explanation of the economic calculation problem? Pulled your hair out trying to get your co-workers to appreciate the miraculous nature of a pencil? Well, worry no more my fellow would-be economic demystifiers! Here is an important economic lesson in one image!

The Australian Housing Bubble Is Ready To Burst! – Home Prices Skyrocket To 7 Year High

Recently, I spoke with author and economic analyst John Sneisen about the alarming rate at which Australian home prices are rising as the real estate bubble proves to be more volatile than ever. Home prices in Australia have risen the most in 7 years as massive market manipulation takes place forcing even the middle class to rent rather than buy homes. The average home values in capital cities surged 12.9% in March alone.

Are All US Presidents Related? – Questions For Corbett #028

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/qfc028-lq.mp3"][/audio]Did you know that Cheney and Obama are eighth cousins? Or that Obama and McCain were 22nd cousins? Or that every US president in history can trace their roots back to British royalty? Is it true, and if so, what does it mean?