Economist Jeffrey Sachs helps Smiley & West set the stage for “Remaking America”, in this special edition of the Hot Stuff.

Sachs: Participating in the solution is going to be the most gratifying thing we do in our lives.

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Really respecting the root causes of today problem associated with the past. 30 years in the making. But lets further the idea that this problem is older than 30 years. That what we see is a part of a large plan.

 

Yes, children are dropping out of schools,even on the elementary level, as parents cant afford to bring or send their children to school since the "Choice" is given where to send their children. Truancy is at an all time high especially with African Americans.

 

Mind-ful, very important points! Given our selves to TV, Tell a Vision, Televison.

Having more compassion is so important, caring for one another is a key, if not the key. I concur...

 

Yes, what of the billionaires? Great Points...

 

Can wait to 1/12/12, I have to watch it on line; Hope I can. Wish I could be there.....

 

Amen, Thanks, Appreciate it.

 

 

I listened with earnest to Jan. 6 discussion with Jeffrey Sachs. I would be more inclined to find Professor Sachs's convictions about poverty genuine if he would explain how disastrous were the policies he designed for Russia that led to its catastrophic economic problems in the 1990s, which malinger still. These policies plunged the country into unprecedented poverty. Neither Mr. Smiley or Professor West called up this matter, quite the contrary: both Smiley and West lavished praise on Sachs for all of his "very fine work" regarding poverty around the world. 

The policies imposed on Russia abide the script established by the Chicago School of Economics under the pervasive influence of Milton Friedman. Sachs trumpeted the very "shock therapy" for Russia that Friedman advocated for South and Latin America and Southeast Asia. Shock Therapy in this sense means the gutting of social support mechanisms, privatization of critical public support services, wholesale leasing of natural resources to multinational corporations. In short, the shock therapy Sachs gave unflinching support for Russia is anathema to everything that Smiley and West advocate, it seems to this listener. 

I am for that matter flummoxed how Smiley and West could provide Sachs unqualified, even gushing praise for his work on poverty. I must be missing something; but it seems that whatever that something is it is not contrition from Sachs for Russia. I would very much like to be wrong in this matter. 

Interesting. I will further research the background of Mr. Sachs. Appreciating your perspective.
 
Matthew Witt said:

I listened with earnest to Jan. 6 discussion with Jeffrey Sachs. I would be more inclined to find Professor Sachs's convictions about poverty genuine if he would explain how disastrous were the policies he designed for Russia that led to its catastrophic economic problems in the 1990s, which malinger still. These policies plunged the country into unprecedented poverty. Neither Mr. Smiley or Professor West called up this matter, quite the contrary: both Smiley and West lavished praise on Sachs for all of his "very fine work" regarding poverty around the world. 

The policies imposed on Russia abide the script established by the Chicago School of Economics under the pervasive influence of Milton Friedman. Sachs trumpeted the very "shock therapy" for Russia that Friedman advocated for South and Latin America and Southeast Asia. Shock Therapy in this sense means the gutting of social support mechanisms, privatization of critical public support services, wholesale leasing of natural resources to multinational corporations. In short, the shock therapy Sachs gave unflinching support for Russia is anathema to everything that Smiley and West advocate, it seems to this listener. 

I am for that matter flummoxed how Smiley and West could provide Sachs unqualified, even gushing praise for his work on poverty. I must be missing something; but it seems that whatever that something is it is not contrition from Sachs for Russia. I would very much like to be wrong in this matter. 

In watching your Remaking America online last night, I want to thank you for your efforts for the sake of all humanity. As a 68 year old professional white guy who has been watching you and who believes you are providing invaluable insight into the leadership this country needs, may I suggest the following concerning the upcoming Jan 16-18 broadcast of this event on PBS TV (and upon the Smiley & West website). As it was unfortunate that Jeffrey Sacks could not be on the panel because of a prior committment, I believe the impact of your entire effort could be so much greater if you could include some of the comments Jeffrey made in your interview with him that is posted at http://smileyandwest.ning.com/forum/topics/hot-stuff-jeffrey-sachs , even if it is only a picture of him with voice over. Thank you so much.

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