• Economic Update: Economics and Health

    Update on intern's death in London, austerity and suicide, over-prescribing anti-depressants, cutting health benefits, and laying off mortgage workers at Wells Fargo. Major discussions of the economics of the richest 1% and their relation to the Democratic Party in the US. Continuing response to listeners on defining capitalism and Black Star workers coop (brewpub) in Austin, Texas.

  • Economic Update: Economics of Foreclosures

    Updates on Social Security, real wage decline, part-time work, political mavericks and others, subsidy for Walmart. Interview with Laura Gottesdeiner on foreclosure epidemic. Response to listeners on demographic change and economics.

    On Economic Update with Professor Richard Wolff, Wolff and guests will discuss the current state of the economy, both locally and globally in relation to the economic crisis.

  • Economic Update: Religion and Class Economics

    Updates on billionaires buying newspapers, the bad news in latest US jobs report, IMF proposals for Spain's economic crash, and a progressive new bill in the US Senate. Interview with Theology Professor Joerg Rieger on religion, class, and capitalism. Response to listeners: recognition of extraordinary leadership by Mayor Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, CA.

    On Economic Update with Professor Richard Wolff, Wolff and guests will discuss the current state of the economy, both locally and globally in relation to the economic crisis.

  • KPFA Interview: Letters and Politics

    Richard Wolff on the political economy of a BART Strike. 


  • Economic Update: What Capitalism Delivers

    Updates on latest US GDP growth, corporate guilty pleas in Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, "economic insecurity" in US, Detroit's new sports arena and Prince William's paid paternity leave. Major discussions of US disposable income drop, banks deny 10 million checking accounts, and remarkably favorable polling numbers for labor unions. Response to listeners on sources of capital for worker coops.

  • How Much Would a Minimum-Wage Increase Help Students?

    This article originally appeared at USA Today.

    Christin King, like many college students, is worried about keeping up her grades and squeezing in extracurricular activities while holding a job.

    “I’m really stressing out,” she says. “I don’t know how I’m going to fit it all in.”

  • Economic Policy Debates: Theater of Distraction

    This article originally appeared at Truthout.

    Endless debates over austerity vs. stimulus policies agitate governments. Which is "the correct" one to escape global capitalism's ongoing crisis? The debates proceed as if official policies were key to ending crises. But the politicians' fights over policies are mostly distractions from the main events: how crises usually end themselves and their immense social costs.

  • Economic Update: Economy: Private and Public

    Updates on polls on the economy, austerity and national debts, financial transaction tax, North Carolina's people mobilize on economics, G-20 plans to tax corporations, austerity's privatization effects, and Walmart fights DC to keep minimum wage low. Major discussions on Detroit's bankruptcy and private versus public enterprises. Response to listeners on "wagemark" and on capitalism and race.

  • Democracy Now!: Detroit a "Spectacular Failure"


    Professor Wolff joins Amy Goodman to discuss President Obama's "Drop Dead" moment for Detroit.

    A transcript of this video is available at Portside.

  • The Opposite of What the Marchers Demanded

    This article originally appeared at Moyers & Company.

    The March on Washington aimed to secure a decent, livable wage for all Americans as a way to reduce income inequality. Fifty years later, that noble goal remains unachieved. In fact, the 1970s proved to be a turning point. The decades since show a steady decline in the share of national income going to the lower 50 percent and, indeed, to the lower 90 percent of American households.

  • Detroit's Decline Is a Distinctively Capitalist Failure

    This article originally appeared at The Guardian.

    A Catalan translation of this article is available at Espai Fàbrica.

    Capitalism as a system ought to be judged by its failures as well as its successes.

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