What do you want to come out of the book?
I want this book to shake up the conventional wisdom. Let's see if we can create some fissures in the paradigm. The recession has taught us really fundamental lessons: The markets aren't self-regulating [and] transferring income from wages to profits does not produce more investment.
What are your thoughts on Occupy Wall Street?
I [recently] kicked off the march in front of Goldman Sachs for Occupy Wall Street with a little speech. I live a couple lives. In the day I am a mild-mannered professor, and by night I am a participant of Occupy Wall Street. I must point out, however, that most of the people would think my defense of consumer culture is bizarre, at least.