Economic Update: "Democracy At Work"

Updates on European crisis (creative Spanish anti-austerity politics, Mondragon avoids worst of crisis, suicides in response to crisis), Chilean students' strike against privatized education as bad education. Interview with Jen Hill, co-founder of new social movement Democracy at Work - democracyatwork.info - explains nature and goals of economic transition to worker self-directed enterprises (WSDEs). Question answered on dominant US ideology that blames economic problems on the government.

Goldman Sachs: Off the hook?

This video originally appeared on Aljazeera's website.

Five Reasons Why Crisis Persists

This article originally appeared on on Truthout's website

This crisis is not going away. Officially begun late in 2007, nearly five years later, no end is in sight. Trillions in government-funded bailouts and interventions failed to do the trick. The private sector's hyped resilience disappeared. "Recoveries" proved weak, uneven and short-lived. The president who rode the crisis into power risks being ridden out by its persistence.

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Choosing Ryan, Embracing Austerity

Whatever electoral calculations drove Mitt Romney to choose Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate, the choice also has a deeper meaning.

Richard D. Wolff: Can We Remake Our Workplaces To Be More Democratic?

The economic crisis of the past five years has caused a lot of people around the world to question the very foundations of our system -- is capitalism really the best way to do things? One of the biggest problems, though, is that there seems to be no other way to run an economy. Communism has been discredited—the Soviet Union failed, and China has moved to a strange hybrid that at times seems to take the worst of both communism and capitalism—and no one's got an alternative.   Dr. Richard D. Wolff has spent the better part of his life as a critic of capitalism.

Economic Update: "The Public's Health and Economics"

Updates on extremes in Spain's crisis, Paul Ryan as VP candidate, US Justice Dept drops case against Goldman-Sachs, college costs crisis, and fast-rising food prices. Interview with Prof. Carles Muntaner on how deeply social and economic conditions shape health and on the implications of that shaping. Question answered on requiring workers in Workers Self-Directed Enterprises to all participate in directing enterprises.

A Public Affair: Interview with Allen Ruff on Professor Wolff's new book Occupy The Economy

This interview originally appeared on WORT FM.

Allen Ruff interviews Professor Wolff about his latest book Occupy the Economy. Interview starts at 5:42.

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Democracy at Work is a project, begun in 2010, that aims to build a social movement. The movement’s goal is transition to a new society whose productive enterprises (offices, factories, and stores) will mostly be WSDE’s, a true economic democracy.

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