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.
Throughout its history, capitalism never succeeded in preventing recurring economic cycles or crises. However, they were usually contained within the system. Economic crises usually did not become social crises; the system itself was usually not called into question. Transition to a different system was then an idea kept away from public discussion, a project kept from public action. During cyclical downturns production was reduced, unemployment and bankruptcies rose, deflation often hit and hurt, and mass working-class suffering spread.
- Published on July 25, 2011AUDIO
Host Per Fagereng hosts a special one-hour Fight the Empire show with economist Richard Wolff on the economy and the global capitalist crisis.
- Published on July 23, 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 July 18, 2011VIDEO
- Published on July 15, 2011AUDIO
Stanley Heller of www.EconomicUprising.com interviews Richard Wolff on the fight over raising the debt ceiling, the likely severe cuts to social programs, the need to replace capitalism and the outlines of what a post capitalist society might look like.
- Published on July 14, 2011VIDEO
According to a report by Moody’s Analytics, nearly two dollars out of every ten that came into Americans’ wallets last year were payments like jobless benefits, food stamps, social security and disability. So what happens when state and federal benefits run out later this year? Economist and radio host Richard Wolff explains.