Standard and Poor’s downgrades US debt, stock markets gyrate around the world, Sarkozy and Merkel perform yet another empty summit, the Chinese and Japanese economies look worrisome. Serious commentators worry about global recession, another global banking collapse, eurozone dissolution, and austerity programs that only make matters worse. Nouriel Roubini, famed Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business asks this month, “Is Capitalism Doomed?” His answer: maybe.
Richard Wolff joins Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture to discuss the recent downgrading by Standard and Poor's and the resulting plummet in the stock market (634 points) that occurred soon after - the largest one-day loss since the financial crisis began in 2008.
Richard Wolff appears on The David Pakman Show to discuss the downgrade of Standard and Poor's, the impact of that decision, and how important this downgrade is - especially with respect to the continuing debt deal.
Appeared originally on Truthout.org on August 3rd, 2011
The political posturing around the debt ceiling "crisis" was mostly a distraction from the hard issues. The hardest of those - underlying US economic decline - keeps resurfacing to display costs, pains and injustices that threaten to dissolve society. Its causes - two long-term trends over the last 30 years - help also to explain the political failures that now compound the social costs of economic decline.
Appeared in the Guardian "Comment is Free" on July 28th, 2011
Corporate profits and stocks have recovered, but for the millions of Americans who live on Main Street, economic conditions remain depressed. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP