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Austerity Economics and the Struggle for the Soul of U.S. Capitalism

Amid the wreckage of the 2008-09 Wall Street collapse and Great Recession, orthodox economists and political elites in both the United States and Western Europe have been strongly pushing the idea that austerity is the only viable policy option. The basis for the austerity hawks' claim is that both the U.S. and European economies are being consumed by out-of-control levels of public indebtedness. Public spending must therefore be slashed before economic collapse becomes a real possibility.

Are the austerity hawks correct that there is simply no alternative to their agenda? In fact, the austerity hawks

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