This week's episode of Economic Update hosted by Professor Richard Wolff, we discuss Germany's recession, California fast-food workers unionize, How the war in Ukraine boosts US stock market, corporate stock holdings, while hurting most wage/salary incomes, In addition we ask what lessons from the protest/revolt of European farmers? Finally, the ongoing exposing of major injustices of the US federal tax system (tax exemptions for schools, churches, hospitals, and charities and social security's flat tax system) Find out more
Richard wolff joins Martin Haumann to engage in a detailed discussion concerning both American and Danish political landscapes. The conversation aims to dissect the intricacies of the global economy, exploring how economic policies and practices impact societies on a worldwide scale. They also delve into the topic of militarism, discussing its role and consequences in global affairs, as well as the significance of alternative media in today's information ecosystem, examining its influence on public opinion and its capacity to challenge mainstream narratives.Read more
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This week's episode of Economic Update hosted by Professor Richard Wolff, we will be discussing the increasingly more common corporate threats to force remote workers back to working onsite. We then turn to Ukraine war economics, US vs BGI as anti-Chinese economic nationalism, US's escalation of war in the Middle East, and finally a critique of the US tax system's injustices. Read More
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This week's episode of Economic Update hosted by Professor Richard Wolff, we will be discussing the continuing decline of US manufacturing; a 29,000 person strike at California State Univ.; the Houthis disrupt Red Sea shipping in move against Israel; and Texas refuses to obey US federal government's rules in struggle over immigration and white supremacy. In addition we have a special Interview with leading economist Prof. Michael Hudson on basic crises facing US capitalism. Read More...
Prof Wolff joins Dialogue Works to discuss the historical and current European and global politics surrounding Russia and Europe's relationship with the United States. He contends that Europe has often been the aggressor in historical conflicts with Russia and questions the notion of Russia as a contemporary threat. Wolff argues that U.S. policy seeks to make Europe bear the costs of American confrontation with China and BRICS, while Europe risks economic and political stability due to sanctions against Russia. He suggests that Europe must choose its path carefully, potentially finding an independent role or aligning with the U.S. or BRICS, with far-reaching implications for its future. Lastly, Wolff emphasizes that internal opposition in Israel is strong and warns against the endless cycle of violence without resolution.Read more
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This week’s Economic Update Professor Richard Wolff discusses the special dimensions and qualities of the US labor movement's current dynamism; Thomas Piketty’s analysis showing how capitalism generates widening wealth and income gaps leading to crashes or simmering, divisive, and domestic resentments. Leading to the system itself becomes destabilized. Read More...
In this episode of the New Rules podcast, Professor Richard Wolff explains why you should not believe the media hype about the US economy’s “strong performance." Despite recent upbeat statistics, an economic and geopolitical storm is brewing – one that Biden can’t handle.Read more
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In this week's episode of EU, Prof.Wolff delivers updates on the mass closing of Greyhound bus stations around the U.S., the escalating strengths of Russian obstacles in Ukraine, the choice the UK faces between paying for the bombing of Yemen or funding their National Health Service, how Boeing's safety debacle propelled China into the lead of global automotive exports and how Israel has also been aversely affected by the shifts and changes of the world economy caused by the decline of U.S. dominance. Read More...
Prof Wolff joins Dialogue Works and Michael Hudson to discuss various aspects of socialism, the economic systems in Europe and China, the impact of military interventions on economies, and the consequences of sanctions. They highlight the challenges and contradictions within socialist parties in Europe, the different models of socialism, and the role of military actions in shaping global economic dynamics. The conversation also touches upon the sanctions imposed on Russia and their unintended consequences on the global automobile industry.Read more
On this episode of The Socialist Program Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the dramatic new report from the IMF showing that 40 percent of all jobs in the world could be impacted by the introduction of Artificial Intelligence. Fears are deepening about mass unemployment, exploding inequality, and other potential consequences of the integration of this new technology into the world capitalist system.Read more
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In this weeks show, Prof. Wolff analyzes the corporation. It stands as a basic institution blocking real democracy in our society. The corporation's structure and operations empower and enrich a tiny social minority at the expense of the people's wealth and democratic power. Like the critiques of slave plantations and feudal manors that preceded the disappearance of those systems, the growing critique of capitalism reflects but also informs critical social movements now. Read More...
Prof Wolff, Michael Hudson join Dialogue Works to discuss economic challenges faced by countries like Argentina due to high levels of debt and inflation. The conversation delves into global movements advocating for debt forgiveness, emphasizing the potential impact on politics and economics. The speakers question the widely held perception of capitalism as the most effective system, attributing it to the ideological dominance established by the United States as a global empire. They discuss the evolution of capitalism, noting a shift towards finance capitalism or neo-feudalism and drawing a comparison between the economic approaches of the US and China. The critique extends to the lack of democracy within workplaces under capitalism, highlighting contradictions between employment structures and societal ideals of democracy. Additionally, the rise of the professional managerial class and the potential challenges posed by automatic intelligence are explored.Read more
Article by Richard D. Wolff
"In 1863, the Russian social critic, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, published a novel entitled “What Is to Be Done?” Its story revolves around a central heroine, Vera Pavlovna, and her four dreams. It brilliantly intertwines her personal life and the social turmoil of Russia’s transition at the time from feudalism to capitalism. Chernyshevsky, a revolutionary imprisoned by the Czarist government, wrote a novel that was nothing less than a pioneering work of socialist feminism. In it, he also passionately appealed for an urban, industrial economy based on worker cooperatives, a modern and transformed version of Russia’s earlier agrarian communes. An appreciative Lenin entitled one of his most important political pamphlets, published in 1902, 'What Is to Be Done?'"Read more
Professor Richard Wolff presented and discussed the potential of worker cooperatives with "The Brock Press" - a small Canadian business that recently converted into a cooperative. The conversation covered various aspects of transitioning to a worker cooperative model, emphasizing the importance of advocacy and raising awareness. The discussion touched upon scenarios where retiring business owners may choose to transition their enterprise into a cooperative, and Professor Wolff addressed questions about expertise in business and finance, highlighting the cooperative's ability to seek external expertise when needed.
Prof. Wolff joins Dialogue Works to discuss the current geopolitical situation, focusing on the conflict in Ukraine. He criticizes the miscalculations made by the Biden administration, citing three major errors in their approach. Wolff emphasizes the failure of sanctions against Russia and the inability to isolate the country, leading to a weakening of the United States' global dominance. He argues that the Ukraine war is a disaster, with Russia gaining dominance and the West facing difficulties in coordinating its efforts. Wolff also expresses concern about the impact on the U.S. political future, particularly for Biden and his administration. He concludes by highlighting the potential shift in European politics away from the U.S. and towards a more independent stance, influenced by the changing global dynamics.Read more
The Socialist Program: Don't Believe Everything You Read: Was the 2023 Economy Really As Wonderful As the Capitalists Say?
In this conversation, Prof Wolff and Brian Becker analyze the mainstream's optimistic view of the economy's soft landing in 2023. Wolff critiques the one-sided narrative, emphasizing capitalism's inherent instability, rising inequality, and global challenges. The discussion delves into the Democrats' struggles to formulate a compelling message for Biden's potential reelection, urging a more comprehensive debate on the flaws within the economic system.Read more
Prof. Wolff joins India & Global Left in a discussion about the revival of the Labor movement in the US. The conversation delves into the role of the Democratic party and the state of the new Left in the US, especially in the aftermath of the perceived decline of the Sanders movement post-2020. Additionally, insights are shared regarding Prof. Wolff's perspectives on the reporting by liberal US Western press such as the NYT and FT on the apparent slowdown of the Chinese economy. The video concludes with Prof. Wolff offering his reflections on rethinking socialism in the present day.Read more
Prof Wolff joins Rachel Blevins to discuss various aspects of U.S. foreign policy and economic challenges. He expresses skepticism about the Biden administration's handling of international conflicts, particularly the focus on foreign funding for conflicts in Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. He criticizes the administration's economic approach, highlighting its failure to explore alternative measures to address inflation, such as wage-price freezes and rationing. Wolff also touches on the declining influence of the U.S. in the global arena, emphasizing the emergence of China and other BRICS nations as significant competitors. Throughout the interview, Wolff urges for a more realistic assessment of the changing world order and its implications for the U.S. economy.Read more
The Socialist Program: Behind Zelensky's Trip to Washington: The Ukraine War Is Financing US Capitalists
In this discussion, Brian Becker and Professor Richard Wolff explore the symbiotic relationship between the US economy and the military-industrial complex. They emphasize the continuous wars, the escalating defense budget (proposed at $842 billion for 2024), and the monopolistic nature of the military-industrial complex. The conversation draws parallels with the medical-industrial complex and highlights how both have become integral, non-competitive components of the US economy.Read more
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This week's episode of Economic Update features updates on the economic crises in Argentina and Germany, the graduate student unionization wave happening across U.S., how & where the chocolate industry is using child labor, a critical analysis of what "profit" means and a departed Kissinger. Read More