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Joseph Stiglitz


Joseph Stiglitz is co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, funded by George SorosOpen Society Institute. He also serves as Chairman of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He is University Professor at Columbia, teaching in its Economics Department, its Business School, and its School of International and Public Affairs.

He has served as an economic advisor to President Barack Obama.[1]

He chaired the UN Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System, created in the aftermath of the financial crisis by the President of the General Assembly. He is former Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank and Chairman of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2001.

Met with Hugo Chavez; Praised Venezuela Economy in 2007

Joseph Stiglitz met with Hugo Chavez and praised their economy in Venezuela in 2007:[2]

"Nobel Prize winning economist and former vice-president of the World Bank, Joseph Stiglitz, praised Venezuela's economic growth and "positive policies in health and education" during a visit to Caracas on Wednesday.
"Venezuela's economic growth has been very impressive in the last few years," Stiglitz said during his speech at a forum on Strategies for Emerging Markets sponsored by the Bank of Venezuela.
"Venezuela, the fourth largest exporter of crude oil to the United States, has experienced the highest economic growth rate in Latin America in recent years, with fifteen successive quarters of expansion and looks set to close the year with 8-9% growth. Despite the high rate of growth, high public spending and increased consumer demand have contributed to inflationary pressures, pushing inflation up to 15.3%, also the highest in Latin America.
"However, Stiglitz, who won the Nobel Prize for economics in 2001, argued that relatively high inflation isn't necessarily harmful to the economy.
"He added that while Venezuela's economic growth has largely been driven by high oil prices, unlike other oil producing countries, Venezuela has taken advantage of the boom in world oil prices to implement policies that benefit its citizens and promote economic development.
'Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appears to have had success in bringing health and education to the people in the poor neighborhoods of Caracas, to those who previously saw few benefits of the countries oil wealth,' he said.
"In his latest book 'Making Globalization Work," Stiglitz argues that left governments such as in Venezuela, 'have frequently been castigated and called ‘populist' because they promote the distribution of benefits of education and health to the poor.'
'It is not only important to have sustainable growth,' Stiglitz continued during his speech, 'but to ensure the best distribution of economic growth, for the benefit of all citizens.'
"Although Stiglitz praised Venezuela's 'positive policies' in areas of health and education and policies to promote economic diversification, he assured that Venezuela still faces the challenge of overcoming structural problems associated with an economy overwhelmingly geared towards oil production.
"In terms of economic development Stiglitz argued it was not good for the Central Bank to have "excessive" autonomy. Chavez's proposed constitutional reforms, if approved in December, will remove the autonomy of the country's Central Bank.
"However, Stiglitz claimed, developing nations must strike a balance between public and private control of the market.
"The key to success is to find the correct equilibrium between the private sector and the government, which is different for each nation," he said.
"Stiglitz also welcomed Venezuela's initiative to create the Bank of the South; due to be founded in Caracas on November 3, saying it would benefit the countries of South America and boost development.
"One of the advantages of having a Bank of the South is that it would reflect the perspectives of those in the South," said Stiglitz, whereas, he argued, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund often impose conditions that 'hinder the development effectiveness.'"
"Stiglitz also criticized the "Washington Consensus" of implementing neo-liberal policies in Latin America, in particular the US free trade agreements with Colombia and other countries, saying they failed to bring benefits to the peoples of those countries.
"The Washington Consensus 'is undermining the Andean cooperation, and it is part of the American strategy of divide and conquer, a strategy trying to get as much of the benefits for American companies,' and little for developing countries, he said.
"Stiglitz also met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Miraflores, where they exchanged points of view on the global economic situation, economic indicators and the behavior of world markets."
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appears to have had success in bringing health and education to the people in the poor neighborhoods of Caracas, to those who previously saw few benefits of the country’s oil wealth."

People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent

People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent

Joseph Stiglitz wrote a book titled "People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent" published in 2019, which "...challenges us to throw off the free market fundamentalists and reclaim our economy". His book has been described as "[A]n authoritative account of the predictable dangers of free market fundamentalism and the foundations of progressive capitalism, People, Power, and Profits shows us an America in crisis"

Excerpt of Review posted at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue:[3]

"We all have the sense that the American economy—and its government—tilts toward big business, but as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains in his new book, People, Power, and Profits, the situation is dire. A few corporations have come to dominate entire sectors of the economy, contributing to skyrocketing inequality and slow growth. This is how the financial industry has managed to write its own regulations, tech companies have accumulated reams of personal data with little oversight, and our government has negotiated trade deals that fail to represent the best interests of workers. Too many have made their wealth through exploitation of others rather than through wealth creation. If something isn’t done, new technologies may make matters worse, increasing inequality and unemployment.
"Stiglitz identifies the true sources of wealth and of increases in standards of living, based on learning, advances in science and technology, and the rule of law. He shows that the assault on the judiciary, universities, and the media undermines the very institutions that have long been the foundation of America’s economic might and its democracy.
"Helpless though we may feel today, we are far from powerless. In fact, the economic solutions are often quite clear. We need to exploit the benefits of markets while taming their excesses, making sure that markets work for us—the U.S. citizens—and not the other way around. If enough citizens rally behind the agenda for change outlined in this book, it may not be too late to create a progressive capitalism that will recreate a shared prosperity. Stiglitz shows how a middle-class life can once again be attainable by all.
"An authoritative account of the predictable dangers of free market fundamentalism and the foundations of progressive capitalism, People, Power, and Profits shows us an America in crisis, but also lights a path through this challenging time."

Influencing Obama's policies

Joseph Stiglitz’s 2003 book The Roaring Nineties was described by Bloomberg News as “a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s blueprint to reshape the U.S. economy.”

Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, “mentored several members of Obama’s economic team, including budget director Peter Orszag, 40, and Jason Furman, 38, deputy director of the National Economic Council,” according to Bloomberg.[4]

2008 European Socialists meetings

A Party of European Socialists Delegation with PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen; Par Nüder, MP, former Finance Minister, SAP, Sweden and Geir Axelsen, Vice Finance Minister, DNA, Norway visited New York and Washington D.C., on 4-8 February 2008, to meet with Congress members (Barney Frank, Chair of the House Committee on Financial Services and George Miller, Chair of the house, education and labour committee) and well known economists such as Joseph Stiglitz, Economy Nobel Prize, to discuss about Financial markets reform.

PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen visited New York and Washington on 10-16 November 2008 to meet with Dominique Strauss Kahn, Director General of IMF; Paul Volcker, Chairman of the Federal Reserve; Joseph Stiglitz, Co-President IPD; Barney Frank, US House of Representatives; Chair-House Financial Services Committee and many other people.[5]

Federation of American Scientists

In 2009 Joseph Stiglitz served on the Board of Sponsors of the Federation of American Scientists.[6]

Feb. 2009 EFCA statement

On February 24, 2009 Richard B. Freeman, Frank Levy and Lawrence Mishel, issued an Economic Policy Institute Employee Free Choice Act Statement on the Economic Policy Institute website, calling for the passage of the pro labor union Employee Free Choice Act.[7]

Statement endorsers included Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University.

Socialist International Commission on Global Financial Issues

On September 23 2008, the Socialist International Presidium adopted a statement on “the Global Financial Crisis and the G2o Pittsburgh Summit.” In addressing the current phase of the global financial crisis and the upcoming G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, the Presidium received a report on the work of the SI Commission on Global Financial Issues which had held its most recent meeting in New York two days before, on 21 September, under the chairmanship of Professor Joseph Stiglitz.

Strengthening automatic stabilizers through the enhancement of social protections and increasing the progressivity of the tax structure would contribute both to the stability of the economic system and a broader sense of social justice and solidarity.
This crisis has frayed many critical aspects of our social compact. Ordinary citizens have been asked to bail out wealthy banks, who have used some of the proceeds to pay bonuses to their executives. Workers have been asked to take cutbacks in wages, while the contracts of those of highly paid executives of financial institutions have been treated as if they are sacrosanct. In some cases, the profits of the banks have been based on exploitation of the least educated members of society. In some countries, growth has been based on exploitation of the environment; given the pace of climate change, the growth path of the world is clearly unsustainable. The crisis should be an occasion for reflection, for re-establishing the social contract among the members of society today, between the developed and developing countries, and between this generation and future generations.[8]

March 2009 meeting

The Socialist International Commission on Global Financial Issues met in New York on 31 March in advance of the G-20 summit to be held in London to address the global financial crisis.

The Chair of the Commission Professor Joseph Stiglitz introduced the discussion, "which covered the global social democratic response to the crisis.| Considering the new phase of the crisis affecting emerging and developing countries and the urgency of the situation of many people around the world today, the Commission issued a message to the leaders of the G-20 calling for decisive international action.

Criticising the inadequacies and fallacies in the economic system which have led to unbridled financial practices, damage to the environment and inequality around the globe, the Commission called for a new set of rules for the world economy, a set in which citizens are not subservient to the market. It stated that it was necessary to guarantee that markets serve people’s needs, instead of letting them bear the worst of the crisis.
Demanding that global leaders act now to restructure, re-regulate, and reform the global financial system, the Commission called for new standards governing financial activities by function, the establishment of mandatory new standards for transparency and timeliness, as well as the chartering of a new World Finance Organisation to set global standards and globalise enforcement. The Commission also called for the closure of tax havens.

The Commission, established by the Socialist International Presidium at its meeting at the United Nations, New York, at the end of September 2008, brings together political leaders, ministers and experts from around the world. Attending in New York were: Professor Joseph Stiglitz from the United States, Nobel laureate and Chair of the Commission; Anatoly Aksakov, Member of the Board of the Russian Federation Central Bank and Member of Russian State Duma, For a Just Russia Party; Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Founder of the Party for Democratic Revolution, PRD, Mexico and Honorary President of the Socialist International; Elio Di Rupo, Leader of the Socialist Party, PS, Belgium, and SI Vice-President; Eero Heinäluoma, Finnish Social Democratic Party and SI Vice-President; Fathallah Oualalou, Former Minister of Finance, Socialist Union of Popular Forces, USFP, Morocco; Antolin Sánchez Presedo, Member of the European Parliament, Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, PSOE, Spain, and Markus Klimmer, Senior Economic advisor to the Social Democratic Party, Germany; George Papandreou, President of the Socialist International and Luis Ayala, Secretary General of the Socialist International, worked alongside the members who took part in this second meeting of the Commission. The members of the Commission were also joined by a number of academics from the US and Europe, who assisted in an advisory capacity.[9]

Initiative for Policy Dialogue

The Initiative for Policy Dialogue is a globalist group which is funded by George SorosOpen Society Institute. Joseph Stiglitz is the co-founder and president of the Initiative.[1]

Other Organizations

Stiglitz holds roles in the following organizations:[1]

Fundacion Ideas

The Fundacion Ideas, or IDEAS Foundation for Progress was created during the 37th Federal Congress of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) in 2008 to establish a “think-tank with the capacity to bring novel progressive ideas to the arena of political and social debate in an ever changing world.” Its mission is to identify challenges and opportunities and offer innovative and imaginative solutions that are at the same time rigorous from a scientific point of view and politically deliverable.[10]

American members of the Fundacion Ideas Scientific Committee include Joseph Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sachs, George Lakoff, Jeremy Rifkin, Pippa Norris.[11]

Secret Meeting/Progressive Agenda

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held a closed-door meeting at his mayoral residence on April 2, 2015, to create the Progressive version of the 1994 Republican “Contract with America.” De Blasio called his update the “Progressive Agenda” and its stated purpose was to address “income inequality” in the U.S. A dozen far-left leaders attended the closed-door meeting, including George Soros’ son Jonathan Soros. Jonathan claims to support removing money from politics, yet hypocritically serves on several boards at the Open Society Foundation (OSF). OSF has given more than $550 million to liberal organizations. Other liberal leaders at the April 2 meeting were Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, “disgraced” former Obama advisor and 9/11 Truther Van Jones, Marian Wright Edelman, and liberal economist Joseph Stiglitz. In an April 6 interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, de Blasio confirmed that key elements of the Progressive Agenda included: a progressive tax (driven by the Buffett Rule -- which argues that wealthier individuals should have to pay higher taxes), universal free pre-kindergarten, and a $15 minimum wage. De Blasio said the full Agenda would be unveiled at the May 12 event in Washington, D.C. [12]

According to Rolling Stone, other attendees included Sherrod Brown, the populist senator from Ohio, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. The novelist Toni Morrison showed up, delighting de Blasio and McCray. Other attendees included Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva, chair of the House Progressive Caucus.][13]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Klein Online: Another Soros tie to Occupy Wall Street. Envisions ‘New Economic World Order’ no longer dominated by 1 superpower, Oct. 13, 2011 (accessed on Oct. 26, 2011)
  2. Joseph Stiglitz, in Caracas, Praises Venezuela’s Economic Policies accessed August 29 2019
  3. People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent August 29 2019
  4. [http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/forcing-change/010/11-socialist-international.htm The Grasp of Socialist International (SI) By William F. Jasper Forcing Change, Volume 4, Issue 11, January 11, 2011]
  5. The PES in action 2007-2009, Activity Report of the Party of European Socialists Adopted by the 8th PES Congress 8th PES Congress, Prague, December 2009
  6. Federation of American Scientists: Sponsors
  7. EPI Noted economists: The Employee Free Choice Act is needed to restore balance in the labor market, Richard B. Freeman Frank Levy Lawrence Mishel, February 24, 2009
  8. http://talkingunion.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/socialist-international-the-way-forward-on-climate-change-and-the-financial-crisis/
  9. http://www.socialistinternational.org/print.cfm?ArticleID=1993
  10. Fundacion Ideas, Who we are
  11. Fundacion Ideas, scientific committee page
  12. MRC Newsbusters, Earth to Chuck Todd: George Soros Backs New 'Progressive Agenda' with $159 Million By Alatheia Larsen | May 12, 2015
  13. [http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/mayor-bill-de-blasios-crusade-20150506?page=2 Rolling Stone, Mayor Bill de Blasio's CrusadeBY MARK BINELLI May 6, 2015