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Apr 27, 2019

Steve Grumbine’s guest is Raul Carrillo of the New Economy Project and Modern Money Network.  As an anti-poverty & economic justice attorney he has a unique perspective on the monetary system.
Raul talks about his seminal article, “The Dangerous Myth of Taxpayer Money,” and the legal history of taxation, citing the Supreme Court ruling that the gov’t has power to issue money backed only by the full faith & credit of the US gov’t - not backed by gold, taxes, or bonds.  He reveals some startling facts about the connection between taxation and the civil rights struggle for public education.
Raul & Steve discuss the scramble to find truncated ways to present complex ideas.   Progressives must attack false scarcity, which is at the core of both conservative & liberal thinking.  Raul says that fighting for the Job Guarantee brings people to understand the concentration of power.  It’s an awareness that can create the momentum to take on the system itself.
 
Racial Taxation: Schools, Segregation, and Taxpayer Citizenship, 1869-1973, by Camille Walsh
https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469638942/racial-taxation/
https://splinternews.com/the-dangerous-myth-of-taxpayer-money-1819658902
@RaulACarrillo on Twitter
Modern Money Network https://modernmoneynetwork.org/
New Economy Project https://www.neweconomynyc.org/
 
Special Thanks to Geoffrey Ginter for the excellent intro song! And of course special thanks to our guest Christian Reilly, the donors of Real Progressives and our excellent staff of volunteers.