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Maintained by Robert Hockett

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Public Finance for Perpetual
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Welcome to Capital Futures, a Site dedicated to Financially Engineering Ever More Just and Remunerative, Labor-Owned Modes of Production and Distribution in the Spirit of Hamilton, Hilferding, Lincoln, List, Luxemburg, Marx, Perkins and Wicksell, Among Other Heroes of Human Emancipation.

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Columns, OpEds, Occasional Journalism

I'm no Marx or Keynes, but like them I do try to accompany most of my scholarly, policy advocacy, and legislative work with more accessible journalistic companion pieces. Here are some of my regular columns for Forbes, The Hill, FT, and Huffington Post, along with other occasional journalism.

Image: Ben Franklin at his printing press, 18th century Philadelphia

The Green New Deal

The Green New Deal initiative begun in 2018 marked the beginning of a return to ambitious public-private coordination in the cause of rebuilding the American economy along more just, productive, and sustainable lines. Hockett worked with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her team from the start on the GND Resolution introduced to Congress in early 2019, then on the initiative's finance plan as well as much follow-up legislation found in the 'Legislation' Module of this site.

Image: Cover Art for Hockett's 'Financing the Green New Deal: A Plan of Action and Renewal
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Posthumous Mentors

G.W.F. Hegel
G.W.F. Hegel
1770-1831

Lenin perhaps said it best: those who would understand Marx - in particular, the dialectical logic of internal relations among mutually constitutive parts of any organic whole - must learn Hegel. As with Kant before him, his greatest achievement might have been his re-centering of normative order as prerequisite to any intelligible conception of freedom - a classical Greek, Chinese, and Indian motif all but lost to the West amidst the intellectual wasteland of 'British Empiricism.'

Michael Dummett
Michael Dummett
1925-2011

This one's a bit personal too. It was Michael who led me to nonstandard logics during my early grad school days. And while I ultimately swore-off intuitionist logics in favor of dialetheist logics where 'ultimate' questions are concerned, I still find the former most useful for many normative-modeling purposes. Most influential of all, however, was Michael's moral and intellectual passion. The intensity with which he worked and prayed (at our shared church - St. Aloysius) are ever atop my mind.

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