Economic Update: Establishment Media & Russia with Aaron Maté

[S13 E10] New

In this week’s show, Prof. Wolff  presents updates on dying empires and climate crisis; mass shootings; fast-food mega-corps fund referendum to slow California plan to raise fast food workers wages and working conditions, and why the debt ceiling debate in Congress is a phony GOP-Dem political theater. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews Aaron Maté, independent US media critic with special expertise on Russia...READ MORE

 

Sisyphus 55: Marxism

Prof Wolff joins the Sisyphus 55 podcast to discuss Marxism. 

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The Socialist Program: Ukraine War Turns 1: A $100 Billion Giveaway to the Arms Industry

John Prysner and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how one year into the war in Ukraine, the U.S. government has committed $100 billion dollars to this bloody proxy conflict that is threatening the whole world with catastrophe. But while huge numbers of people suffer and die, some capitalists are focused on getting their share of this enormous sum of money. Who profits from war?

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Economic Update: Are Mega-Corporations Ruining Our World?

[S13 E09] New

In this week's show, Prof. Wolff presents a critique of monopoly and oligopoly; past efforts and success in popular control over mega-corporations - in US and abroad; the fight back by mega-corporations to nullify reforms and regulations. Finally, some real solutions...READ MORE


Zero Hour: A Globalization for Workers, Not Capital

Prof Wolff joins Zero Hour with RJ Eskow to discuss the global labor movement, the paradox of capitalism, Marx and Lincoln, and more. 

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The Socialist Program: Bosses Want More Child Labor

Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the decline of numbers of workers post-Covid and the capitalists' solution...the increasing use of child labor. Some states are even rolling back legal protections for children.

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The Socialist Program: Billionaires Win the Super Bowl, Again!

Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss why the Super Bowl happens, what else the owners of the Kansas City football team own, and what it shows about U.S. capitalism that the trophy is presented to the billionaire team owner after the team bleeds, sweats, and often receives or worsens injuries.

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Economic Update: Inequality’s Insidious Spread - COVID-19, India, Insurance

[S13 E08] New

In this week's show, Prof. Wolff presents updates on India's extreme inequality and its lesson, employers squeeze employees with "non-compete" job contracts, and how the profit motive distorts the concept of insurance. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews Dr Stephen Bezruchka...READ MORE


The Social Changes We Need, the Class Obstacle We Face

Article by Richard D. Wolff

"Capitalism’s defining class struggle has always been that between the employer and employee classes. And the victory of the latter ends that dichotomous organization of workplaces (factories, offices, and stores) that grounds and defines capitalism’s class structures and struggles. Indeed, the victory of the employee class could thus finally close the sequence of all those dichotomous class structures (master/slave and lord/serf)."

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Economic Update: Unionization, Marxism and Education

[S13 E07] New

In this week’s show, Prof. Wolff shares updates on Starbucks union growth; Texas journalists and Yale graduate students/employees unionize, strike, win; Western Mass Labor Federation denounces Biden's denial of railway workers' right to strike; two major kinds of US tax injustice: (1) exempting bonds and stocks from property tax when 10% richest own 80% of stocks and bonds, and (2) failing to levy excess profits tax on war profiteers as UK and Portugal have already done. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews Notre Dame Professor Emeritus David F. Ruccio...READ MORE


The Socialist Program: Strikes sweep France, UK: Lessons for the fight against Wall Street

Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss: "how millions of workers across France and the UK have gone on strike in recent days and weeks to protest a raft of anti-worker measures, including efforts to roll back the right to strike and the right to retire with dignity. What can we learn from these episodes in the class struggle as Wall Street prepares similar attacks here in the United States?"

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Economic Update: 2023 World Economic Trends

[S13 E06] New

Identifying and examining the larger economic dimensions and trends of three key aspects of today's global economy: Russia/Ukraine war, Europe's quandary, and the decline of the US empire. Attention focuses on the immense direct and indirect costs of the war in Ukraine; on Europe's desperate position and choices caught between the US and China blocs in the world economy; and on how the US empire is responding to its decline in the world economy. Our approach is to stress...READ MORE


Bad Faith Podcast: Progressive Solutions to Debt Crisis NEVER Proposed

Prof Wolff on the Bad Faith: "Briahna interviewed Marxist economist Richard Wolff about the debt ceiling negotiations that started this week, and the progressive solutions to the debt crisis that are never put on the table, including taxing the rich, cutting the military budget, and minting the coin. The conversation eventually turns toward the subject preoccupying the left: the future of the left, Marianne 2024, and the leadership void left by Bernie Sanders. Is there hope for a "Draft X" movement? Who is Wolff's dream candidate?" 

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WHMP's Talk the Talk: The Debt Ceiling

WHMP's new two-hour radio program Talk the Talk, with Bill Newman and Buz Eisenberg, invites Prof Wolff to discuss the debt ceiling and 'The Sickness is the System.' 

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The Socialist Program: Recession, inequality and capitalism: A "soft landing" for who?

Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the state of the U.S. economy. With the Federal Reserve poised to slow down its rate hikes at least temporarily, is it true that the economy is headed for a so-called soft landing? How healthy or sick is US capitalism? Are mainstream economists missing the big picture?

 

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Democracy Now!: Marxist Economist Richard Wolff on How the Debt Ceiling Benefits the Rich & Powerful

Prof Wolff on Democracy Now!: "As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Biden prepare for their first face-to-face meeting this week to discuss raising the debt ceiling, we speak with Marxist economist Richard Wolff about why the limit on the federal government’s borrowing lets politicians avoid making hard choices about taxing the wealthy. House Republicans are pushing for major spending cuts as part of any deal to raise the federal government’s $31.4 trillion borrowing limit. “It’s 99% theatrics,” says Wolff, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a visiting professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of The New School. Wolff also discusses the economic impact of the Ukraine war."

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Economic Update: A Corporatized America with Chris Hedges

[S13 E05] New

In this week's show, Prof. Wolff explains why capitalism does not deserve credit for improved living conditions, Home Depot billionaire blames US capitalism's problems on US workers being "lazy, fat, and stupid," Southwest Airlines as example of failures by both corporations and their gov't "regulators," George Santos as creature of capitalist advertising. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews Chris Hedges...READ MORE


The Comedy Cellar: Live from the Table - The Ills of Capitalism

Prof Wolff joins the NYC Comedy Cellar podcast: Live from the Table to discuss the ills of capitalism. 

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Community Church of Boston: The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us

Prof Wolff joins the Community Church of Boston to discuss how The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us. 

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Zero Hour: Making Tech Work for the Workers

On Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, Prof Wolff joins to discuss: making tech work for the workers. 

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The Socialist Program: The "debt ceiling" and the war on social programs

Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the so-called “debt ceiling” government borrowing limit. As the countdown begins to a default, right wing politicians are using the situation as leverage and demanding huge cuts to some of the most essential social programs, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Will these crucial safety net programs survive?

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Journal of Global Studies / Revista de Estudios Globales [Spanish]

Prof Wolff's articles on inflation, the market economy and class war are published in the Journal of Global Studies [Spanish]. 

REVISTA DE ESTUDIOS GLOBALES: ANÁLISIS HISTÓRICO Y CAMBIO SOCIAL. Vol. 2 Núm. 3 (2022). Inflación, Economía de Mercado y Guerra de Clases. Editor: Ediciones de la Universidad de Murcia (Editum)

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Economic Update: Economics for a New Year

[S13 E04] New

In this week's show, Prof. Wolff discusses US spending for war in Ukraine paid for by higher interest rates and inflation hurting middle and small businesses ; a rational transport system is NOT electric cars; an appreciation of the "degrowth"...READ MORE


The Socialist Program: How to Become a Billionaire

Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss widening global inequality in light of the Oxfam report showing that two-thirds of all wealth created around the world since 2020 has gone to the richest 1%. They also dissect what makes the rich different from the rest of us.

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Conversations with Politics: The economic system that only benefits the rich has to go

Prof Wolff joins Dr Abdullah Yusuf on the show Conversations with Politics to discuss the ethically bankrupt economic system.

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