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How Declining Interest Rates Make for Rising Populism | YDHTY, S2E47

In the final episode of this season of YDHTY, the Data Monk returns to discuss how easy money policies have created a feedback loop of unsustainable consumption in the United States, contributing to wage stagnation, income inequality, and rising populism. You can listen to the full episode via the...
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Bretton Woods 2.0 - the Case for a New Monetary System | Ben Studebaker | YDHTY, S2E46

As we wind down this season of YDHTY, I invited Ben Studebaker on to review everything we've learned since he sent me down a rabbit hole of monetary policy, commodities markets, and food systems in our last conversation on the war in Ukraine. In this conversation, we discuss how the major domestic...
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The Link Between Diet and Democracy | Andrey Scherbak | YDHTY, S2E42

In his book, The Age of Turbulence, former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan noted how a capitalist democracy has never experienced a famine. Many subscribe to the belief that what could be typified as the Western style of liberal democracy and free markets has brought about prosperity by creating the most...
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The Link Between Fossil Fuels and Population Growth | Carey King | YDHTY S2E41

The story goes that, in the aftermath of World War 2, democratic nations created a world order that would set the foundation for democracy and prosperity worldwide. This order would challenge, and eventually beat, the autocratic model laid out by the Soviet Union, feeding this idea. What these...
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Imported Deflation, Exported Demand: How Debt Fueled Consumption is Eating the World | YDHTY, S2E40

Over the past few episodes of YDHTY, we've been exploring the foundations of the global economy and the powers that drive it. The main focus has been on the role of dollar dominance among global currencies, what forces might diminish its role, and the role debt could play in all of this. Absent...
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The Imperial Dollar: The Price of US Hegemony | Bob SWarup | YDHTY, S2E37

In discussing America's growing economic might in the 1930s, journalist Ludwell Denny wrote, "We shall not make Britain's mistake. Too wise to govern the world, we shall merely own it." In 1944, his prediction came true, as the US dollar was officially made the de facto currency of the world via...
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Will Saudi Arabia Begin to Sell Oil in Yuan? | Anas Alhajji | YDHTY, S2E38

The Saudi government made headlines in March when it hinted it might accept payment for oil in China's currency, the renminbi. This breaks with the longstanding tradition of OPEC buying and selling oil exclusively in US dollars, and is thought to be a move towards creating an alternative system of...
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Will the Renminbi Become a World Currency? | Benjamin J. Cohen

In the last episode of YDHTY, we explored China's plan to replace the dollar as the dominant global currency with Zoe Liu of the Council on Foreign Relations. In it, we learned the measures China is taking to internationalize the renminbi and create an economic sphere independent of US influence. ...
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Redback vs Greenback: China's Plan to Replace the Dollar | Zoe Liu | YDHTY, s2e35

Sanctions have proven a valuable weapon against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, allowing Western nations to cripple the country's economy and target the oligarchs who run it. They've also accelerated a trend to move away from the dollar as the chief currency for international...
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How to Pay Off the National Debt - What History Tells Us | Barry Eichengreen | YDHTY - S2E28

The United States ranks alongside a long list of nations that have taken on enormous debt to fight wars, pandemics, and fuel future economic growth. How have nations resolved their debts, and what does this tell us about the future of the United States? Barry Eichengreen of UC Berkeley joins me in...
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