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  • Economic Update: Global Inequality

    Updates on Colorado's new marijuana shops, how context exposes "recovery" claims, cause and cure for US obesity epidemic, and France's 75% tax rate on annual incomes over $1.3 million. Major discussions of history and dimensions of global inequality and movements for guaranteed annual incomes in Switzerland and beyond. Responses to questions on credit unions versus private banks and on the uniqueness of the economic crisis in western Europe.

  • Economic Update: The Trend to Inequality

    Updates on economic decline and meanness, car sales in China, McDonalds embarrassed, Cuba exports doctors to Brazil, and a campaign to rescue higher education from "efficiency." Major discussions of conservative inequality denials and of the significance of "productivity" statistics. Response to question on the nature, origin, and meaning of "profit."

  • Economic Update: Recent Economic History

    Updates on Wisconsin's public employees, the GRAT tax evasion, and the last 50 years of the "War on Poverty." Major discussions of the FED's "taper program," the Boulder, CO vote to produce electricity production itself, and evaluating 20 years of NAFTA. Response to emailed question on AIG bailout and its results.

  • Economic Update: There Are Alternatives

    Updates on dangers in anti-bacterial soap, South African union to start socialist party, Germans retire abroad, billionaires' whims shape health care. Major discussions of Obamacare and alternatives to capitalist bank scandals. Responses to emails on worker coops in US and on "regulated Capitalism."

  • Economic Update: Crisis Hits Puerto Rico

    Updates on bee-killing pesticides; movements against austerity and inequality in Chile, New York, and Italy; university presidents’ 6-figure pay packages vs adjuncts’ exploitation; rejecting pay cuts, Minnesota’s orchestra reforms as worker coop. Interview NYU Prof. Juan Flores on deepening economic crisis in Puerto Rico. Response to questions: (1) bitcoins and (2) exceptions to constitutions that “guarantee” contracts.

  • Economic Update: Struggles over the Welfare State

     

    Updates on tentative budget deal in Congress, psychiatrists refusing insurance, and austerity's terrible toll on Ireland. Interview with Yale History Prof. Jennifer Klein on rise, fall and possible rise again of the US welfare state and organized labor. Response to questions on possibilities of worker take-over of Boeing in Seattle.
  • Economic Update: Capitalism's Inequalities

    Updates on Detroit's and Illinois's attacks on public employee pensions, minimum wages, tiny middle east oil countries take over global air travel, job openings vs unemployed, and companies' profit-driven hustles of dangerous flame-retardant chemicals. Major discussions of (1) redistribution policies versus not distributing unequally in the first place and (2) Capitalism's uneven development. Response to emails on free trade's consequences, robotics/less labor versus doing labor differently, and government repression against opponents of austerity policies.

  • Economic Update: Giving Thanks?

    Updates on seriously wrong solutions for real economic problems (in Hawaii and at Walmart), 10 big companies paying the lowest wages, Pope's assistant with strong critique of capitalism, correction on Swedish economics prize. Major discussion on the economics of organized religion and separating the issue of full employment from respecting the environment. Response to listeners on Philippine typhoon and critique of seeing "capitalism" as root of all evil.

  • Economic Update: Learning from History

    Updates on key economic causes of Obamacare difficulties, risks of global deflation, Madrid's garbage strike, and the $13 billion settlement with JP Morgan Chase. Interview with Prof Sheila D. Collins on new book about lessons from the New Deal for today's crisis. Response to listeners on super PACs and issues of socialism.

  • Economic Update: Behind the Headlines

     

    Updates on Janet Yellen, minimum wages, Twitter, and Cuba trade embargo. Major discussions of a bankruptcy inside Mondragon and "private" universities that aren't. Response to questions on full employment and inflation.  

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