On Contact: American economic illusion

Chris Hedges welcomes Richard Wolff on On Contact this week to discuss the nearly $5 trillion being allocated by the Biden administration for Covid-19 relief and infrastructure projects.

"The basic message of both of these big bills is the capitalist system of the US is now 100% on life support from the government." 

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No Bullshit News: Big Business Controls the Economy

Who controls the economy? Big business, says economist Richard Wolff on No Bullshit News.

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Thom Hartmann: Can We Democratize The Economy?

America is supposed to be a democracy, so why don't you have a say in where the economy goes? Professor Richard Wolff joined The Thom Hartmann Program to discuss growth vs. de-growth and which economic picture means we can survive on the planet.

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The Zero Hour: Global Profits, Global Tax, Global Chaos

Prof Wolff joins RJ Eskow on The Zero Hour to discuss global profits, taxes and chaos, using examples such as the blockage of the Suez Canal, Covid-19, and more. 

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Fault Lines: IMF Calls for Wealth Tax

Richard Wolff joins Fault Lines to talk about the IMF's calls for wealth taxes being implemented around the world to repair economies on the other side of COVID-19 - and how the funds from those taxes would be used by governments seeking them. Prof Wolff also answered the question; what would it take to remove poverty in the United States? Wolff answered that we'd need to see big boosts to incomes, a change in the kinds of jobs people get and how they see their lives fitting into society, and a significant shift in the ownership of workplaces.


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Boom Bust: Amazon Facing Rising Heat

Amazon is facing heat from all sides as the e-commerce giant is awaiting the fate of a unionization drive in Alabama and allegations of anti-trust from small businesses. Professor Richard Wolff joins Boom Bust to discuss. 

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The Socialist Program: Biden is Funneling Trillions to the Capitalists

Prof. Wolff joins Brian Becker on The Socialist Program to discuss the Biden administration's next big priority -- passing an infrastructure plan his administration says will create a huge number of jobs. What’s in the proposal, will it pass and what does it mean for the working class?


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Community Church of Boston: Capitalism as Problem, Cooperation as Solution

Professor Wolff joins the Community Church of Boston to discuss capitalism as a problem, and cooperation as a solution.

"Crises accumulate within US capitalism today. They include extreme, growing economic inequality; business cycle instability; mounting climate, viral and other environmental dangers; racial, gender, etc.social divisions and conflicts. Inability to prepare for, contain, or end these crises flows from the basic structure of capitalist enterprises. Restructuring factories, offices, and stores as cooperatives can overcome those crises."

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Economic Update: When Economic Systems Fail

[S11 E13] New

On this week's episode, Prof. Wolff talks about the structural failure of Biden's American Rescue Plan, Nigerian mass workers' movement, private electricity for the US rich, big vs small business...READ MORE



KPFA Evening News: Biden Taxing Wealth

Professor Wolff joins KPFK Evening News to comment on Biden's recent statements that he wants to "start to reward work not just wealth" by taxing wealth. Wolff says when the bar is as low as it is today, anything is a step in the right direction, but that that phrase is already damning with faint its praise. 

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Economic Update: Dems' Self-promotion versus Hard Economic Realities

[S11 E12] New

On this week's show, Prof. Wolff discusses the US coal industry decline, Brazil's Covid disaster, economic surge after Covid, and Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax...READ MORE

NPR, Planet Money: Socialism 101

Richard Wolff joins NPR's Planet Money to explain socialism and a socialist criticism of capitalism. 

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Act TV: What China's Rise As World Economic Leader Means to Average American

In this clip from the Waking Up With Julianna Forlano show, Professor Richard D. Wolff discusses how China is becoming the world economic leader, and what that looks like for the average American, and what happens to US citizens and families as this process continues.

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The Socialist Program: The Main Threat to U.S. Capitalism is U.S. Capitalism

Prof. Wolff joins Brian Becker on The Socialist Program to discuss the Biden administration's new major economic proposal, promising to spend trillions to create huge numbers of jobs and enact policies beneficial to working people. But what is this plan really?


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Boom Bust: UK, EU at Odds amid Vaccine Rollout

While the United States has had a swift vaccination process so far, Europe is seeing a struggle to deliver doses to its population, causing a rift between the United Kingdom and the mainland. Professor Richard Wolff joins the Boom Bust to discuss the growing fracture and global hesitancy to adopt certain COVID-19 vaccines.

"Unfortunately, this is the way the system works. This is a global pandemic, it needs a global response, and what we have instead is different companies lobbying with different governments to get advantages."

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Act TV: How Far We Haven't Come In 110 Years Since The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

On this the 110 year anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, one of the largest industrial tragedies in our nations history, Professor Wolff speaks with Julianna Forlano on ActTV to answer the question: Is it a tragedy when you lock young women into a fiery death trap or is it something else? Like murder?

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Economic Update: Finally a Tiny Sales Tax on Stocks

[S11 E11] New

On this week's show, Wolff talks about the taxing of CEO pay in the US, the immoral and self-defeating vaccine policy, and LeBron James speaking out on...READ MORE

The Socialist Program: The Alarm About Inflation, Don’t Believe the Hype

Prof. Wolff joins Brian Becker on The Socialist Program to discuss inflation. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen assured the public last weekend that growing fears of rising inflation are misplaced. Is this true? What is inflation? Why does this matter for the working class?


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The News with Rick Sanchez: China's rise is unstoppable, even for Biden

Relations between Beijing and Washington are at a worrying new low as the two superpowers meet in Alaska for a tense, highly-anticipated summit. The Biden administration has just imposed a new round of sanctions of Chinese individuals and entities and referred to its government as "insidious, corrosive and corrupt." Meanwhile, the Chinese economy is set to overtake that of the US in 2028. RT America's Alex Mihailovich reports for the News with Rick Sanchez. Prof. Richard Wolff joins The News with Rick Sanchez to share his insights on this.

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The Hill Rising: Biden’s No FDR, Here’s The Proof

Richard Wolff joins The Hill's Rising with Krystal Ball & Saagar Enjeti to analyze the latest relief package. "What really irks me is the comments from some of the Democratic leaders. The other day a statement from Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel prize winning economist who should know better, this notion that it is 'transformative,' that it's going to eradicate poverty, this is nutty. This is not gonna do that... You're grateful for [the help], but boy is this less than what we need... So comparing [Biden] to FDR does a disservice to one of the few who were willing to think structurally in the history of the Democratic party."

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Economic Update: People to People: Horizontal Social Change

[S11 E10] New

On this week's show, Prof. Wolff presents updates on the Texas energy catastrophe, the 'Robinhood/Reddit' Wall Street incident, college workers organizing, Hollywood's dependency on China, and how New Zealand...READ MORE

Radio Sputnik: The American Rescue Plan

Richard Wolff joins Radio Sputnik to discuss the 1.9 trillion dollar COVID-relief package, and gives our hosts his idea of what would be necessary to address both proximate and structural problems in the US economy. Also, Dr. Wolff critiques the economic response to the economic fallout from the pandemic.

"Notice please, that almost everything that is in this bill is a temporary support. That's why the word 'rescue' is appropriate... I appreciate the help and the relief that there will be, but none of this changes the basic structure of the American economy and that's the biggest problem: not even the virus, not even the crash. It's a system that isn't working, not a lack of resources." 

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Watching The Hawks: The Economics of the Covid-19 Stimulus

Richard Wolff joins Watching The Hawks to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Biden Covid-19 Stimulus.

"I believe Nancy Pelosi was the one who referred to it (or at least one of the leaders in the congress) as a 'transformative' bill. That's what it isn't and that has to be understood or else we're going to be in a very, very dangerous position in which promises are made or implied and will not and cannot be kept."

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The Zero Hour: Imagining a Real American Rescue

Richard Wolff joins RJ Eskow on The Zero Hour to discuss the new stimulus bill and why it is not the transformative action that we need.

"A 'stimulus' carries with it the implication that the basic structure and the basic organization of what you're trying to stimulate is not the problem... I don't believe it for one minute. I don't think we're at that point. I think what the economy needs is a radical transformation."

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Thom Hartmann: Rising Food Prices Could Bring World War

Food lines, growing prices, and widening inequality are all leading to global unrest. Economist Richard Wolff warns that it will only get worse. 

What is the relationship between rising food prices and social unrest? Prices have increased by 2.4% in just February. What does this mean for the economy? What does that mean for the world's hungry? Professor Richard Wolff joined The Thom Hartmann Program to discuss how healthy the economy is for food and whether there is trouble on the way.

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