These are disastrous times for millions of people, and our zero-sum money system can only enrich the few by bringing pain to the many. Can we build an economic policy out of our shared crisis and find a common purpose in its solution?
As INET Executive Director Rob Johnson said, "last year's conference punctured the mystique of market stability (not to mention real events). This year, the conference will shatter the illusion of control."
Picking a new head for the National Economic Council is an important moment for the president's rapidly realigning staff. The old economic models are broken, and a little entrepreneurial populism is exactly what is needed.
IMF Executive Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is "cool under fire", as Central European University President John Shattuck said when introducing him, and didn't break his stride during his presentation at Kings College, University of Cambridge.
Pimco's hiring of Neel Kashkari is a slap in the face for a public who is sated with examples of government handouts to the undeserving and the revolving door coziness perpetuated at public expense and detriment.
Even as we are fighting the insurance companies today, we have to get ready to fight the even more powerful Wall St lobby tomorrow, because otherwise our economy, and our very democracy, will be in mortal danger again.