Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from December 2012

Econ4 on housing

December 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Econ4 on housing

Via Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism. Econ4 economists put out a statement on housing accompanying this video. It includes this passage, which I think is spot-on: We oppose treating the nation’s housing as a bundle of assets to be sliced, diced, flipped, and bailed out in pursuit of inflated profits and bonuses. We call for […]

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Tags: Economy

Neil Barofsky for SEC Chair

December 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Neil Barofsky for SEC Chair

Matt Stoller interviews Neil Barofsky, who says he’d be happy to serve as chairman of the SEC, if the President nominates him. He and Stoller talk about what he would do as SEC Chair and the important role the SEC has to play to regulate the banking system and make sure we don’t ever go […]

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law


December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Brilliant!

Alex Pareene offers up some great strategic advise for Democrats in DC: If Democrats want to get the big pundits on their side, they should pull a Boehner and just name whatever it is they’re trying to pass “The Simpson Plan.” That should be the name they use when they reintroduce card-check. And cap-and-trade. Planned […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Economy

Mr. Burns explains the fiscal cliff

December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Mr. Burns explains the fiscal cliff

Yep, this about covers it. Also, too, class war.

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Tags: Economy

On self-immolation

December 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on On self-immolation

Yesterday the 92nd Tibetan self-immolated in Tibet while calling for freedom since 2009, most in the last year. Think about that for a minute – 92 Tibetans have set themselves on fire while calling for an end to China’s occupation of Tibet. In Foreign Policy, Michael Biggs has a piece on the differences between suicide […]

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Tags: Human Rights · Tibet & China

Organizing & Occupy Sandy

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Organizing & Occupy Sandy

Yotam Maron has a good piece on Occupy Sandy and turning community organizing in response to a crisis into organizing to produce proactive policy solutions that we need. It’s definitely worth reading. Community-based organizing around mutual aid creates a tremendous opportunity to move people affected by crises to a new political viewpoint that is informed […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Climate Crisis