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 Mexican farm exploitation, Grenoble takes down advertising, US teachers underpaid, and cutting workers' pensions. Responses to listeners on Harvard and Yale as full participants in capitalism's defects. Analyzing modern "economics" as a discipline from Adam Smith to Karl Marx and since.
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Updates on Ferguson and Portland as symptoms of economic decline, critic rejections of profit-driven business, Sen. Bernie Sanders for worker coops, homeless in New York City, and rising political lefts in Greece, Spain and now Ireland. Responses to listeners on supply-demand economics and "capturing" government regulators. Interview with Steve Early, activist and author, on the present and future of US labor movement.
Updates on Italy's general strike, opera economics, Miami baseball, and Argentina loans. Responses to listeners on economics of US children and on a new political party. Interview on personal and psychological costs of capitalism with Dr Harriet Fraad.
Updates on destroying public higher education, labor actions, Vermont labels GMO food, workers doing without days off. Major discussions of municipal bonds and how profits drive Capitalism. Response to listeners on PO banks and history of economic systems.
Updates on Walmart shifts medical insurance costs onto US, payday loans, US child poverty, Obama versus workers' needs, profits and death from opioids. Major discussions of medical-industrial complex, manufacturing "renaissance" fantasy, and "socialism's" different meanings. Response to listeners on remarkable economics of US securities industry.