White House Cites Economist Who Praised "Model of Socialism Pioneered by the Soviet Union”

"Only socialism can assure everyone material comfort, individual security"


You can see why he would be a good choice for this administration when promoting a minimum wage hike.

After a proposed minimum wage increase ran into economic objections, the liberal Economic Policy Institute collected the names of economists who defend the measure. Since the organization released the list, the White House, Democratic elected officials, liberal organizations and various media outlets have cited the list of 602 as evidence it will be economically beneficial to boost the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

The Employment Policies Institute has examined the list. According to their analysis, of the signatories who actually hold a Ph.D. in economics, 259 (45 percent) did not specialize in labor economics.

Researchers concluded that ten people on the list do not even hold a Ph.D. in economics. One of them appears to be an undergraduate at Queens College who, according to his LinkedIn account, is seeking employment as a security guard.

It could be worse. At least he's not Paul Krugman.

One of the list’s members defined a rogue state as “a fierce and dangerous animal, like an elephant, that separates itself from its herd,” and labeled the United States “the world’s number one rogue.” Another called former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez “a great leader.” A third wrote a paper in which he praised the “particular model of socialism pioneered by the Soviet Union.”

That last fellow was Dr. Kotz, who wrote that,

This paper will argue that socialist reform need not lead to a restoration of capitalism. The experiences of the Soviet Union and of China hold lessons which can help in devising a strategy for transforming a Soviet-type system into a viable socialism that will bring renewed social and economic progress without abandoning the core socialist values of equality, solidarity, cooperation, and democracy


Only socialism can assure everyone material comfort, individual security, and a guaranteed opportunity to participate in productive labor, without some exploiting others. Only socialism can build a society based upon the better aspects of human nature, rather than its baser aspects, and finally enable people to become the real masters of their fate.

But it gets worse...

Another signer, Paul Zarembka, edited the book,“The Hidden History of 9/11.”

A 9/11 Truther and a Math Truther in one.