May 22, 2019
Have you ever wondered how dolphins feel about quantitative easing? OK, probably not, but it is important to consider the effects that money and monetary policy have on the real world of energy, society, and the environment. Nate Hagens joins Asher, Rob, and Jason to discuss said dolphins, a never-ending Grateful Dead concert, and the prospects of two mature solar panels giving birth to a little bitty baby solar panel. Oh, and Nate also offers coherent comments on how money works, how our economic system is likely to perform in the coming years, and how individuals can respond appropriately to humanity’s overshoot predicament (spoiler alert: it doesn’t involve stockpiling guns, gold, and beans).
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- Good (and long) article on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
- Presentation by Nate Hagens that covers some of the topics in this episode, delivered on Earth Day 2019
- Videos that discuss the relationships between money, energy, and wealth in the real world — produced by Nate for his class at the University of Minnesota