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).
Updates on big bank fines, Tracy Morgan sues Walmart, highway trust and taxes, extreme wealth inequality in the Hamptons. Major discussions of workers self-directed enterprises and Oxfam's data on extreme global wealth inequality. Response to listeners on relation of wages to prices and on economic "value" of solar, wind and green energy vs coal, oil, gas and nuclear.
Updates on minimum wages in Europe vs US, richest US families, and economics of immigration. Interview with Tom Sgouros on broken banking system. Response to listeners on overpaid CEOs.
Updates on health economics, Mississippi political lessons, and whats wrong with a Harvard economist. Interview with Victor Wallis, on economics and politics of US prisons. Response to questions about: gender wage gap, real estate bubbles, and the "ultra richer" except in Latin America.
Updates on RI Senate rewards firms limiting inequality, recession-driven increases in suicide rates, opposition to Dodd-Frank, negative effects of lower federal deficits, human costs of Detroit-type decline. Major discussions of economics of advertising and privatization. Response to questions on British real estate bubble and on worker cooperatives deciding on uses for their surpluses/profits.