- Published on November 15, 2011AUDIO
Updates focused on the Harvard students walkout of their economics class, the labor union victories in Ohio elections and building bridges to the Occupy Wall Street movements, and the deepening Greek and Italian economic crises. Featured interview with Christina Towne - Part 2 - discussing her activities in and her thoughts about the future of Occupy Wall Street: a real insider's perspective.
Over the last 10 days, Harvard students twice stopped business as usual at this richest of all US private universities. An Occupy Harvard encampment of tents followed a large march of many hundreds through the campus protesting Harvard's complicity in the nation's extreme inequality of income and wealth. A week earlier some 70 students walked out in protest of Harvard's large lecture course in introductory economics. They too explained that they were acting in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movements.
- Published on November 13, 2011VIDEO
In this fifth year of economic crisis, as the 99% bear its mounting costs, a new movement is rising to confront and change the system in crisis. What strategy should we pursue, what choices must we make to realize the historic potential of our movement?
Richard Wolff speaks by the central fountain in Washington Square Park.
The political movements of the left that I have participated in over many decades were almost always focused on or prioritized particular issues (wars, civil liberties, civil rights, poverty, collective bargaining, etc.) and/or particular subsections of the population (African-Americans, women, gay people, immigrants, etc.). The authorities almost always took advantage of that focus to separate and isolate the movement from society generally. They were often successful.
- Published on November 8, 2011VIDEO
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
- Published on November 6, 2011VIDEO
Broadcast Date: 30 Oct. 2011 Watch on YouTube
Thousands of Americans have been occupying Wall Street for weeks. Is this the start of the American revolution?
They say they are defending the 99 percent of Americans against the wealthiest 1 percent who control 50 percent of America's wealth.
Since the 2008 financial crisis, which was caused by the financial sector, the US economy has been in and out of recession. Thousands of people have lost their jobs, real wages are declining and benefits have been cut.
- Published on November 6, 2011AUDIO
Brief updates cover China's latest financial interventions in Europe, Greece scapegoated as France and Germany deflect domestic attention and criticism of their austerity programs, comparison of European and US crisis-coping mechanisms, and poor US showing on OECD social justice indicators. We air the first part of fascinating interview with Occupy Wall Street activist Christina Towne on how and why she got involved. The second part - Towne's views on how and where OWS is developing as a movement - will be aired Nov. 12.
- Published on November 1, 2011VIDEOIn the below animation and audio presentation, Wolff explains what class is all about and applies that understanding to the foreclosure crisis of 2007–2011. He argues that class concerns the "way our society splits up the output [and] leaves those who get the profits in the position of deciding and figuring out what to do with them...
- Published on October 30, 2011AUDIO
Richard Wolff was invited to speak at the Schonberger Peace and Social Justice Lecture at the University of Maine on October 20th, 2011. The recorded audio touches on many of the normal analyses with some additional attention to recent events.