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  • Marx Today

    Since the onset of global crisis in recent years, academics and economic theorists from various political and cultural backgrounds have been drawn to Marx's analysis of the inherent instability of capitalism. The rediscovery of Marx is based on his continuing capacity to explain the present.
  • Economic Update on WBAI Apr 21st, 2012

    Updates on extreme budget crisis and cuts by 50 state governments in the US, on raising interest on government loans to students from 3.4 to 6.8 %, and on Argentina's take-over last week of the private Spanish oil company that dominated its oil and gas industry. Interview with econ professor William Tabb on the financialization of US capitalism and its economic and social consequences. Responses to questions on "family values" and on actual economic planning in the US.  
  • Some Relationship Counseling for Feminism and the Left by Harriet Fraad

    First marriages, sometimes cynically called "starter marriages" often don't work. Second and third marriages work out even less. Americans marry and also divorce more than any other people on earth. I believe that a prime reason for our remarkable remarriage rate is Americans' loneliness in our time of disconnection from each other.

  • The Guardian's Paul Harris presents Professor Wolff

      From Fox to Occupy, it seems everyone wants to hear what American Marxist Richard Wolff has to say about economics

    Paul Harris in Chicago guardian.co.uk, Thursday 19 April 2012 11.26 EDT Article history

    Richard Wolff sat in a downtown Chicago coffee shop and confessed he was having the time of his life. "I am a little like a kid in a candy store. I really am," Wolff said with a grin, using the sort of language not usually associated with the dry world of Marxist economics.

  • Global Capitalism - A Monthly Update & Discussion (April 2012)

    These Tuesday evenings will each begin with an update and analysis of major economic events of the last month and their contexts of longer-term economic trends shaping politics and society here and abroad. We will focus on the evolving global capitalist economic crisis and its consequences. We will examine topics such as

  • Global Capitalism - A Monthly Update & Discussion (February 2012)

    These Tuesday evenings will each begin with an update and analysis of major economic events of the last month and their contexts of longer-term economic trends shaping politics and society here and abroad. We will focus on the evolving global capitalist economic crisis and its consequences. We will examine topics such as

  • How 1% and 99% Experience Capitalist Crises Differently (Podcast)

      Around facts of unemployment, people living alone, children and the elderly, we discuss how differently the 1% and the 99% experience capitalism’s crisis. The 1% and their government have ignored widespread suffering and social costs that react back upon capitalism negatively. Yet massive government support goes mostly to the top banks and other corporations that threaten that they are “too big to fail.” Capitalism has proven to be an unjust, inefficient, and self-destructive system.
  • Political Economy Prospects April 2012 (Blog)

        Real wages over the last year are flat to down (depending on whether one looks at hourly or weekly numbers). Together with continuing high unemployment, high home foreclosures, reduced job benefits, increased job insecurities, and a continuing trend of replacing relatively higher wage jobs with lower wage jobs, prospects for a return to prosperity and growth are dim indeed. The spikes in auto loans and student loans will not likely last long.
  • What Capitalism Delivers

    Article first appears in MRZine on April 16, 2012.

    Most Presidents preside over one or more capitalist downturns (recessions, depressions, crises, etc.). Every President since at least FDR generated a "program" to respond to the downturn -- as demanded by citizens and businesses. FDR and every later President promised that his program would "not only extricate the US from the present economic troubles but will also make sure neither we nor our children need face such downturns in the future." Obama is only the latest to do so.

  • Flashpoints Interview - Continuing the Fight Against Foreclosures

    Richard Wolff appears on Flashpoints to speak with CJ Holmes and Dennis Bernstein to provide an economic update as well as touch on the continuing foreclosures.

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