This course provides a working foundation in the core concepts of Marxian economic theory – necessary and surplus labor, labor power, surplus value, exploitation, capital accumulation, distributions of the surplus, capitalist crises, and the differences between capitalist and other class structures. In addition, these core concepts will be systematically used to understand current social problems (including political and cultural as well as economic problems).
Watch as Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself. Wolff traces the source of the economic crisis to the 1970s, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a dysfunctional spiral of borrowing and debt that ultimately exploded in the mortgage meltdown.
A talk delivered at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, City University of New York
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.
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.
This article originally appeared at Truth-out.org
Capitalism as a system seems incapable of solving its unemployment problem. It keeps generating long-term joblessness, punctuated by spikes of recurring short-term extreme joblessness. The system's leaders cannot solve or overcome the problem. Before the latest capitalist crisis hit in 2007, the unemployment rate was near 5 percent. In 2013, it is near 7.5 percent. That is 50 percent higher despite the last six years of so-called "effective policies to address unemployment."
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.
Professor Rick Wolff explains why growth has become a focus of our modern political system. He describes how inequality is created by the way our enterprises are organized.
Updates on major economic events in the news over the last month. Major attention is devoted to the following:The federal government’s austerity policy, compromises with the Republicans over social security, medicare, Obamacare, etc. The state and local governments’ austerity policies (summary of a major new report on state and local cutbacks) How and why changes in federal, state and local taxes could remove the need for austerity and achieve tax justice.
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Updates on big bank's manipulation of foreign exchange market, Ireland pays for bank bailouts, big pharma guilty of "recklessly endangering health, new book on US poverty. Major discussions of economics education as Manchester University students protest, unemployment and falling share of labor in total national income. Response to frustrated listener's question about obstacles to needed change with focus on DiBlasio mayoral victory in New York and Richmond, CA mayor's use of eminent domain.