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  • 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.

  • Economic Update on WBAI Apr 14th, 2012

    Updates on huge fines for major pharmaceutical firms, long-standing huge wealth redistribution from richer to poorer states by Washington, and crisis in public higher education funding. Major interview with Dr Harriet Fraad regarding profound psychological costs of capitalism's instability.
  • Deficits, Debts and Demagogues

    Government budget deficits and the national debt are occasions more for demagogues to preach than for serious analysis. The usual suspects, conservatives and liberals, are gearing up for the election. Each side uses the large federal budget deficits and fast-accumulating national debt to beat its tired ideological drums. Conservatives insist that deficits and debts require huge cuts in government jobs and job benefits (especially pensions) and in social programs (especially Medicare and Medicaid).

  • Occupying Our Future: Solutions to Capitalist Crisis

    Richard Wolff offers a compelling new manifesto for a democratic alternative to capitalism based on workers direction their own workplaces. The solution requires the institution of genuine economic democracy as the basis for a genuine political democracy. The event took place at Columbia College Chicago on March 27th, 2012.

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