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Feb 13, 2020

Welcome to episode fourteen of Activist #MMT. Today is two interviews in one. First is a short written interview followed by a more usual spoken one.

Interview one: 8th-year MMT activist Anonymous

The first is a written response from eighth-year MMT activist [Anonymous], who is a writer and actress based in New York City. For as long as I have known MMT, [Anonymous] has been at decidedly no-nonsense presence on Facebook, in posts and comments related to economics. She most often provides longform quotes from experts with links to learn more. She has also been a regular source of dry humor and personal support. [Anonymous] was happy to do an interview but preferred to do it in writing. I posed the following questions to her:

  • 1. What was your thinking before MMT?
  • 2. How did you discover MMT and how to change you?
  • 3. What advice do you have for those who just discovered MMT?

[Anonymous]’s responses are read by Fern Mangini, an actress, singer, and published poet based in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area. Fern has performed in many plays, musicals, and movies, most recently portraying a nurse in M. Night Shyamalan’s 2019 film, Glass.

Interview two: 3rd-year MMT activist Ben Szioli

Today I speak with Ben Szioli, a third-year MMT activist based near Philadelphia. We talk about how he discovered MMT, how it changed him from a self-described libertarian goldbug, and his thoughts on how people new to MMT can deepen their knowledge. Ben and I met in late 2016 at a meeting of Our Revolution: South Jersey. Ben holds a degree in linguistics and has since become the copy editor for most of my written work. He uses the suggestion feature in Google Docs to torture me and I hate him. But my writing is much better because of it.


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