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Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff is a weekly nationally syndicated program produced by Democracy at Work and hosted by Richard D. Wolff. The program explores complex economic issues and empowers listeners with information to analyze not only their own financial situation but the economy at large. Beyond focusing a critical eye on the economic dimensions of everyday life - wages, jobs, taxes, debts, interest rates, prices, and profits - the program also explores systemic solutions to our economy's problems including alternative ways to organize production and distribution of the goods and services we all depend on.

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Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff is a weekly nationally syndicated program produced by Democracy at Work and hosted by Richard D. Wolff. The program explores complex economic issues and empowers listeners with information to analyze not only their own financial situation but the economy at large. Beyond focusing a critical eye on the economic dimensions of everyday life - wages, jobs, taxes, debts, interest rates, prices, and profits - the program also explores systemic solutions to our economy's problems including alternative ways to organize production and distribution of the goods and services we all depend on.

    A Sea Change In US Labor's Militancy

    A Sea Change In US Labor's Militancy

    [EU S14 E15] A Sea Change In US Labor's Militancy
    In this week’s Economic Update Professor, Richard Wolff examines US spending on war materials for Ukraine and Israel, we will discuss Chinese Electric Vehicle imports and the US's protectionist response, and we will highlight the possible convergence of worker cooperatives as part of union negotiating strategies, and we discuss the impact of Harvard college workers vote overwhelmingly to join two unions. Finally, we Interview author and union organizer, Kim Kelly.
    Kim Kelly is a journalist, author, and third-generation union member based in Philadelphia. She is a a regular contributor to Teen Vogue, In These Times, the Baffler, Rolling Stone, and many more, and her first book, FIGHT LIKE HELL: The Untold History of American Labor, is out now via One Signal/Simon & Schuster.
    The d@w Team Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff is a DemocracyatWork.info Inc. production. We make it a point to provide the show free of ads and rely on viewer support to continue doing so.
    You can support our work by joining our Patreon community:
    https://www.patreon.com/democracyatwork Or you can go to our website: https://www.democracyatwork.info/donate
     
    Every donation counts and helps us provide a larger audience with the information they need to better understand the events around the world they can't get anywhere else.
    We want to thank our devoted community of supporters who help make this show and others we produce possible each week.
    We kindly ask you to also support the work we do by encouraging others to subscribe to our YouTube channel and website: www.democracyatwork.info

    • 29 min
    The Myth of Black Buying Power

    The Myth of Black Buying Power

    [EU S14 E14] Economic Update: The Myth of Black Buying Power
    This week’s Economic Update Professor Richard Wolff discusses how the capitalist political economy can explain the Baltimore bridge disaster, we explain why raising minimum wages helps big vs small businesses. We highlight the recent court rulings in New York and how cities can lower rents for their citizens as Kingston, NY just did, (if tenants mobilize to do so).
    Finally an Interview with Professor Jared A. Ball on the myths of black buying power and black capitalism and the role such myths play in supporting capitalism.
    Jared A. Ball is a Professor of Communication and Africana Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. and author of The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power. Ball is also host of the podcast “iMiXWHATiLiKE!”, co-founder of Black Power Media
     
    The d@w Team Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff is a DemocracyatWork.info Inc. production. We make it a point to provide the show free of ads and rely on viewer support to continue doing so.
    You can support our work by joining our Patreon community:
    https://www.patreon.com/democracyatwork Or you can go to our website: https://www.democracyatwork.info/donate
     
    Every donation counts and helps us provide a larger audience with the information they need to better understand the events around the world they can't get anywhere else.
    We want to thank our devoted community of supporters who help make this show and others we produce possible each week.
    We kindly ask you to also support the work we do by encouraging others to subscribe to our YouTube channel and website: www.democracyatwork.info

    • 29 min
    Resurgent Labor Organizing In The South

    Resurgent Labor Organizing In The South

    [EU S14 E13] Resurgent Labor Organizing In The South
    This week’s Economic Update Professor Richard Wolff discusses the US Treasury Department charges Apple as monopoly, Georgia's state government sides openly with employers against unions, two union members decide to enter important elections as independent voices in Nebraska and West Virginia, and a critique of the FED's policy that keeps inflation and interest rates high. Finally we Interview Mike Elk, publisher of the Payday Report, on his views regarding the important UAW fight for union recognition at VW plant Chattanooga, TN.
     
    The d@w Team Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff is a DemocracyatWork.info Inc. production. We make it a point to provide the show free of ads and rely on viewer support to continue doing so.
    You can support our work by joining our Patreon community:
    https://www.patreon.com/democracyatwork Or you can go to our website: https://www.democracyatwork.info/donate
     
    Every donation counts and helps us provide a larger audience with the information they need to better understand the events around the world they can't get anywhere else.
    We want to thank our devoted community of supporters who help make this show and others we produce possible each week.
    We kindly ask you to also support the work we do by encouraging others to subscribe to our YouTube channel and website: www.democracyatwork.info

    • 29 min
    How Capitalism Distributes Power

    How Capitalism Distributes Power

    [EU S14 E12] How Capitalism Distributes Power
    Updates on resurging child labor in US, colleges athlete vote to join unions, unionization sweeping not-for-profit charities (hospitals, museums, etc) such as MassMoca in western Massachusetts. Major discussion of how capitalism concentrates power in mass media (including social media), in authoritarian internal structures of corporations, and via donations and other controls exercised over two major political parties and over politicians.
    The d@w Team Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff is a DemocracyatWork.info Inc. production. We make it a point to provide the show free of ads and rely on viewer support to continue doing so.
    You can support our work by joining our Patreon community:
    https://www.patreon.com/democracyatwork Or you can go to our website: https://www.democracyatwork.info/donate
     
    Every donation counts and helps us provide a larger audience with the information they need to better understand the events around the world they can't get anywhere else.
    We want to thank our devoted community of supporters who help make this show and others we produce possible each week.
    We kindly ask you to also support the work we do by encouraging others to subscribe to our YouTube channel and website: www.democracyatwork.info

    • 29 min
    Patriarchy and Capitalism

    Patriarchy and Capitalism

    [EU S14 E11] Patriarch and Capitalism
    This week’s Economic Update Professor Richard Wolff discusses the UAW union’s latest moves. Their organizing drives at auto plants, their efforts to form unions among employed and free-lance journalists. In addition, we will highlight New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision to deploy national guard troops in New York City subways and what that means for everyday residents. Finally, an interview with psychotherapist Tess Fraad-Wolff on interactions between patriarchy and capitalism, today.
    The d@w Team Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff is a DemocracyatWork.info Inc. production. We make it a point to provide the show free of ads and rely on viewer support to continue doing so.
    You can support our work by joining our Patreon community:
    https://www.patreon.com/democracyatwork Or you can go to our website: https://www.democracyatwork.info/donate Every donation counts and helps us provide a larger audience with the information they need to better understand the events around the world they can't get anywhere else.
    We want to thank our devoted community of supporters who help make this show and others we produce possible each week.
    We kindly ask you to also support the work we do by encouraging others to subscribe to our YouTube channel and website: www.democracyatwork.info

    • 29 min
    Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx

    Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx

    Professor Wolff takes a deeper look at the life and work of Karl Marx in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Alfred W K ,

A warts & take on capitalism ‘s collapse

even Nobel winning economist aren’t seeing the antecedents of the next and perhaps final collapse. Dr. Wolff addresses government policies designed to advance the wealthy, reduce social spending & allow the financial sector free reign to pillage. Particularly shows with Nomi Prins & Yanis Varoufakis. Suggest David Rogers Webb heard on Kunstler podcast author of The Great Taking similar to Prins views perhaps darker.

TRUMP210000000 ,

Essential to the WORKING CLASS

Excellent pertinent information on working class issues. Prof. Wolff is one of the most well educated and articulate economists pushing for working class awareness, education, and action.

TheDoodle ,

It’s not just you. It’s capitalism.

I don’t seriously ingest main stream news coverage. I’ll read a little just to know what the empire would like us to be focusing on, then I switch to other sources that challenge the ole’ thinking cap a bit more.

I find Professor Wolff’s inquiries and accusations of capitalism to be insightful, and encouraging of the possibility that we could do better as a species. Whether you agree or disagree with some of the accusations made against capitalism, isn’t it worth challenging a system for the better?

I’m hopeful that the more people understand how big of an impact economics (and therefore capitalism) has on their lives, the more we will question and address the failings rather than covering them up in political theater.

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