Episode #726: Podcast for February 2, 2013 Shows


‘IMF is Promoting Socially and Economically Harmful Policies Broadly Across Europe,’
‘Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down’ … and some ‘Lawpaganda.’

On an abbreviated one hour forty minute This is Hell! this Saturday, February 2, beginning at 9AM (US central) in Chicago’s Sound Experiment WNUR 89.3FM, streaming live here, and podcast shortly after our over-the-air broadcast at this page.

This weekend, your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviews …

Dave Zirin returns to discuss his new book, “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down” (New Press). Dave was named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World.” He is The Nation‘s first sports writer in 150 years of existence. His most recent writing there is, “Soccer and Egypt’s Current ‘State of Emergency’.” He also hosts Sirius XM Radio’s weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio.

Mark Weisbrot is co-director of The Center for Economic Policy and Research with past This is Hell! guest Dean Baker. Mark is co-author of the new report, “Macroeconomic Policy Advice and the Article IV Consultations: A European Union Case Study.”

Our irregular correspondent will be …

Florida Coastal School of Law Professor Brian Foley disseminates his own version of ‘Lawpaganda.’ Brian’s most recent writing includes, “NRA: No Rational Answer.”




  • Shane Menken

    Potential Question From Hell for Mark Weisbrot

    In Tim Pat Coogan’s new history of the Irish Famine, The Famine
    Plot , he compares Ireland then and now-

    “The influence of the unacknowledged portion of the legacy (of the famine years) is the
    stark warning to today’s Republic of Ireland’s citizenry of what can
    happen when a country has no government of its own and must rely for
    its sustenance on the droppings from the table of a wealthy neighbor.
    Ireland’s tragedy at the time of the Famine was that, through
    conquest, she had no government of her own.

    As this is written, Ireland…..has lost its economic sovereignty and …currently stands in a dole queue in Brussels to receive the handouts of the Europeans and the
    International Monetary Fund. The famine bell does not merely toll for those who died during the nineteenth century; it has resonance for those who live in the twenty-first.”

    In your report Macroeconomic Policy Advice and the Article IV Consultations
    the IMF recommendations for Ireland include ““limiting
    tax relief on mortgage interest,” “raising social security
    contributions,” as well as the possibility of introducing a
    property tax” among other plans, most of which seem to remove cash from the working
    class of Ireland and make ownership of property expensive if not
    impossible mirroring in part the English policies of the century
    leading up to the great Famine where many Irish farmers were driven
    off their land by punitive rent and debt schemes, leaving many in
    penury to emigrate or starve.

    Are today’s IMF policies of austerity for Ireland going to create a new Famine?

    Thank you

  • http://thisishell.net Chuck Mertz

    DAMN! I wish I woulda got to this on the show. Lemme see if I can get him to respond via email.