Michael Hudson Talk & Green New Deal Discussion

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Michael Hud­son was a recent and wel­come vis­i­tor to Aus­tralia, and I helped arrange a talk by him at Cus­toms House that many peo­ple on this blog sup­port­ed finan­cial­ly, and quite a few attend­ed. My own attempt to record the speech was unsuccessful–the sound qual­i­ty was just too low–but anoth­er record­ing of  the event (by Sean Reynolds from Pol­i­tics in the Pub) was more suc­cess­ful than mine. Here it is below. My apolo­gies for tak­ing so long to post it, but I’ve been even busier than usu­al recent­ly and I sim­ply did­n’t have the time to do so until now.

The sound qual­i­ty is not great (I rec­om­mend using head­phones rather than rely­ing on your com­put­er’s built-in speak­ers) and the image is low res­o­lu­tion, but it is a record of Michael’s speech for those who were unable to be there. The dis­cus­sion chaired by Miri­am Lyons from the Cen­tre for Pol­i­cy Devel­op­ment is also very much worth watch­ing.

On a relat­ed note, I took part in a dis­cus­sion at the “Green New Deal” con­fer­ence in Mel­bourne last month with Greens Sen­a­tor Chris­tine Milne, and com­mu­ni­ty activists Jake Wishart, Joan Sta­ples and Hen­dro Sangkoyo, on the best means and meth­ods of effect­ing real action on cli­mate change.

The good peo­ple at SlowTV were there once again record­ing the dis­cus­sion. Click below if you’d like to watch. This is a pro­fes­sion­al qual­i­ty record­ing, so the sound and visu­al qual­i­ty is extreme­ly high–I wish we’d man­aged the same for Michael’s talk at Cus­toms House. It shows the endur­ing val­ue of pro­fes­sion­al media pro­duc­tion over what us ama­teur media types can do, even with enhanced con­sumer lev­el tech­nol­o­gy.

I’m in Helsin­ki now and have a ton of work to do this week before I can put up any new posts or par­tic­u­lar­ly con­tribute to the dis­cus­sion here. Once that work is fin­ished, I’ll be post­ing sev­er­al videos, includ­ing a detailed pre­sen­ta­tion of my mul­ti-sec­toral mod­el of the econ­o­my made to the UNEP in Bangkok on last Tues­day.

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