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Maintained by Robert Hockett

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Public Finance for Perpetual
Public Progress

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

Claudia Jones
Claudia Jones
1915-1964

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Jones was a founding figure in Britain's and America's later 20th century feminist, anti-colonial, and black nationalist movements. A formidable Marxian social critic, she also founded Britain's first large circulation Black newspaper, the West Indian Gazette.

James Steuart
James Steuart
1712-80

Steuart was one of the earlier figures of the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment. A major influence on the social theory of Hegel, Steuart's many years of exile throughout Europe afforded him a far richer understanding of how public and private sectors collaborate to generate modern productive economies than his countryman, Adam Smith, ever found. All who read Smith's Wealth of Nations (1776) must read Steuart's Principles (1767) beforehand as inoculation, afterwards as antidote, or both.

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