This article appeared originally at Truthout.org
Recent extreme volatility and sharp drops in US stock markets underscore the instability of capitalism yet again. As many commentators now note, another economic downturn looms. We know that all the reforms and regulations imposed in the wake of the Great Depression of the 1930s failed to prevent both smaller downturns between 1941 and 2008 and then another big crash in 2008. Capitalism’s instability has, for centuries, resisted all efforts to overcome it with or without government interventions. Yet mainstream economics mostly evades an honest confrontation with the social costs of such economic instability. Worse, it evades a direct debate with the Marxian critique that links those costs to an argument that system change would be the best and most “efficient” solution.Read more
With markets in apparent decline, some analysts are worried that we are nearing market-correction or even full-scale recession. Prof. Wolff joins RT America’s Rick Sanchez to share his insights and expertise, arguing that Trump’s fiscal policies amount to “feathering his own nest” and will ultimately damage the economy.