- Published on August 25, 2011VIDEO
In the context of deepening economic decline, Richard Wolff analyzes and attempts to answer these questions:
What were the causes and the results of the recent political theater focused on raising the US debt ceiling? What does the "deal" between President Obama and the Republicans mean economically and politically? What are the alternatives that Congress never explored? What can and should now be done, economically and politically?
- Across US states, governors are forcing through Greek-style austerity measures. Corporations wouldn't have it any other wayPublished on August 22, 2011
Appeared originally in The Guardian on August 22nd, 2011
In the US, as in the UK, public sector unions are facing cuts to their wages, pensions and benefits to pay for budget cuts. Photograph: Sang Tan/AP
Last week, Democratic governors in New York and Connecticut repeated the austerity politics of Greece's Prime Minister Pappandreou and Portugal's former Prime Minister Socrates. In doing so, they likewise imitated the austerity politics of their Republican and Democratic counterparts across virtually all 50 states.
- Published on August 21, 2011AUDIOThis episode focused on the previous weeks' major events, including the S&P downgrade of US debt, extreme stock market gyrations, and major signs of broad economic decline. Visiting guest, Professor Immanuel Ness, touches on the history and current prospects of worker-controlled enterprises as alternatives to capitalist enterprises.
Standard and Poor’s downgrades US debt, stock markets gyrate around the world, Sarkozy and Merkel perform yet another empty summit, the Chinese and Japanese economies look worrisome. Serious commentators worry about global recession, another global banking collapse, eurozone dissolution, and austerity programs that only make matters worse. Nouriel Roubini, famed Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business asks this month, “Is Capitalism Doomed?” His answer: maybe.
- Published on August 13, 2011AUDIOOn Economic Update with Professor Richard Wolff, Wolff and guests will discuss the current state of the economy, both locally and globally in relation to the economic crisis.We will focus on wages, jobs, taxes, and debts - and on interest rates, prices, and profits. We aim to explain why certain economic changes are happening and other changes get postponed or blocked and we will explore alternative ways to organize enterprises, markets, and government policies.
- Published on August 10, 2011VIDEO
Richard Wolff joins Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture to discuss the recent downgrading by Standard and Poor's and the resulting plummet in the stock market (634 points) that occurred soon after - the largest one-day loss since the financial crisis began in 2008.
- Published on August 9, 2011AUDIOOn Economic Update with Professor Richard Wolff, Wolff and guests will discuss the current state of the economy, both locally and globally in relation to the economic crisis.We will focus on wages, jobs, taxes, and debts - and on interest rates, prices, and profits. We aim to explain why certain economic changes are happening and other changes get postponed or blocked and we will explore alternative ways to organize enterprises, markets, and government policies.
Appeared originally on Truthout.org on August 3rd, 2011
The political posturing around the debt ceiling "crisis" was mostly a distraction from the hard issues. The hardest of those - underlying US economic decline - keeps resurfacing to display costs, pains and injustices that threaten to dissolve society. Its causes - two long-term trends over the last 30 years - help also to explain the political failures that now compound the social costs of economic decline.
- The plain fact is that corporate profits are the only area of the US economy to recover since 2009. Any other claim is a liePublished on August 1, 2011
Appeared in the Guardian "Comment is Free" on July 28th, 2011
Corporate profits and stocks have recovered, but for the millions of Americans who live on Main Street, economic conditions remain depressed. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP
This evening will also launch Wolff's latest book, Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism released September 1st, 2012 by Haymarket Publishers. He will gladly sign purchased copies.
Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All funds go to Democracyatwork.info.
- on Democracy Now! with Amy GoodmanPublished on July 28, 2011VIDEO
Republicans have agreed to a vote today on a budget plan they say will cut the deficit $917 billion over 10 years. The move sets the stage for showdown against unified Democratic opposition in the Senate and threats of a White House veto. To discuss the debt talks and economic austerity worldwide, we’re joined by Richard Wolff, Emeritus Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and author of several books including, "Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It." "Politics in the U.S.