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Marxian Economics

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).

Economic Update: Mainstream vs Critical Economics

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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Economic Update: Labor and Unions

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.

Economic Update: Economics of Private Property

Updates on unpaid internships, extreme wealth, and economic perceptions. Response to listener questions on real economics of public pensions and of home refinancing. In depth analyses of private property and income and of economic regulation vs system change.

Economic Update: Capitalism's Personal Costs

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. 

Economic Update: Extreme Capitalism

Updates on low Irish taxes on corps, interns fight back, thriving opium, VW brings new  labor relations to US, big banks caught cheating again. Replies to questions on domestic outsourcing and democracy of workers self-directed enterprises. Major discussions of college sports, the business oligarchy in the US and forgiving countries' debts.

Economic Update: "Elections but no Democracy"

Updates on election results, Ebola, mortgage rules, China limits execs' pay, and whose got the wealth. Responses to listeners on changes at Costco, so-called "non-profits", why ever more billionaires, and Piketty's problem. Major topics discussed: election economics, child poverty, Capitalism and Democracy.

Economic Update: "Hostages to Profits"

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.

Economic Update: Capitalism, Inequality, and Martin Luther King

Updates on Detroit's water shutoffs, corporations prioritize profit at people's expense (4 big examples), US Senators making money, economics of ebola, and hedge funds pay fines with pensioners' money. Interview: Dr. Obery hendricks, Jr., on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s lifelong criticism of capitalism and preference for democratic socialism. Response to listeners on (1) economics of the disabled (productivity and wages) and (2) reduced 2014 deficit in US.

Economic Update: "Economic Realities"

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. 

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