How does capitalism affect our personal lives? How does the economy affect life at home, relationships at work, romance and dating? Capitalism Hits Home with Dr. Harriet Fraad explores what is happening in the economic realm and its impact on our individual and social psychology.
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The Labor History We Need to Celebrate - The One We Never Hear About
In the episode of CHH, Dr. Fraad talks about the importance of celebrating Labor, which is essential to life. But she argues that we need to go beyond and learn what our labor history is - something which is absent from our education.
Why Are 9.2 Million US Jobs Open?
In this episode of CHH, Dr. Fraad addresses the "labor shortage" in the US today. 9.2 million jobs remain open. Republicans and Democrats differ on what to do about this supposed shortage. 44% of US workers are low pay workers constantly struggling to survive. Maybe they just won't stand for it!
In this episode of CHH, Dr. Fraad explores the concept of cruel optimism from Lauren Berlant's book. American culture teaches us to look on the bright side. Nonetheless, the blight side of US life is emerging. The media, corporate advertisement-driven as it is, hides the reasons why pandemic and recession blight spreads. People, and particularly men, are driven mad. They reach for their guns to reassert their supremacy. Reflexive optimism turns cruel.
Why Has Britney Spears' Pain Riveted America?
On this week's CHH, Dr. Fraad is joined by Tess Fraad-Wolff to talk about Britney Spears. Spears' plight captures our attention because she personifies American suffering. Her exploited, adolescent, coy, sugary sexuality presents her as an object of men's desire without her own desire. Spears represents the gender regression of the Right Wing. We identify because Britney's father's strategy is the strategy of US capitalism to control the American people: isolate, medicate, and appropriate.
Class Transformation in the Household
In this episode of CHH, Dr. Fraad talks about the revolutionary class transformation experienced n the household from feudalism to other class forms, the independent household and the communist or communal household. She argues that many current political struggles such as struggles over abortion rights, birth control, and LGBTQ rights are in large part struggles over the conditions of existence for household feudalism and other household class formations.
What is Class?
In this episode of CHH, Dr. Fraad defines what class is and explores where it has hit in America. America has included 4 class formations: slavery, feudalism, capitalism, and communism. Except for the brief period of the New Deal, we have not experienced socialism, where a strong state regulates capitalism to provide crucial public support for its citizens. Dr. Fraad argues that, surprisingly, we have practiced feudalism in the household for most of our history.
My new favourite podcast
Super pleased I can now listen to Dr Fraad weekly now rather than monthly as before on Democracy at Work. Her insight into, the effects of capitalism on people and society are so interesting and I’ve learned a lot. Fascinating stuff and highly recommended.