Why the Fed is the Most Important Economic Issue You Know Nothing About

Why the Fed is the Most Important Economic Issue You Know Nothing About

Session Type(s): Panel

Training Tag(s): Economy

Starts: Thursday, Jun. 7 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jun. 7 5:45 PM (Eastern)

Years worth of bailouts and bank regulation debates have placed a new level of political focus on the Federal Reserve. It has been a topic for the Occupy movement and those concerned with out-of-control financial institutions and the weak recovery. And in the next year, the Federal Reserve, without political pressure, could dismantle financial regulation and stop an economy about to take off. How does the left engage the Federal Reserve? This panel will dive into potential answers.

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Mike Konczal


I write about economics and finance for the Roosevelt Institute. I’m interested in financial reform, theories of unemployment in the Great Recession, inequality and progressive ideas about the economy and the social contract.

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Lisa Donner

Lisa Donner is the Executive Director of Americans for Financial Reform.
Before this she led the Half in Ten campaign, a coalition antipoverty project; was the co-director of the Center for Working Families, where she developed and promoted policy on fair taxes, work and family, and green jobs; organized against big banks and predatory lenders at ACORN; and was a union organizer with SEIU

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Karl Smith


Perhaps the most brilliant and more importantly attractive commentator on the interwebs. Gentle. Kind. Humble to a fault. Concert vuvuzelist.

Also, yells at Fed and kids on lawns.

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Matthew Yglesias


I blog about business and economics for Slate.

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