Economic Update is a weekly nationally syndicated radio 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 their own financial situation as well as the economy at large. By focusing on the economic dimensions of everyday life - wages, jobs, taxes, debts, and profits - the program explores alternative ways to organize markets and government policies.
Workers Successfully Take Over their Workplaces
On this week's show, Prof. Wolff discusses how the US home rental market is failing over 20% of all renters, and the basic flaws in Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. On the second half of the show, Prof. Wolff interviews Prof. Marcelo Vieta on his studies of workers' success in taking over enterprises mismanaged by capitalists.
Marxism's Ongoing Relevance
After clearing away the Cold War debris that blocked discussion of Marxism's insights since 1945, we focus on Marxism's core contribution to (1) thinking about and (2) changing modern capitalist society. That contribution is class structure and class struggle. Marxism explores how class struggle exists in capitalism, how it influences all of social life, and how it changes over time. Marxism also envisions the end of class struggles as its social change goal now.
When Economic Systems Fail
On this week's episode, Prof. Wolff talks about the structural failure of Biden's American Rescue Plan, Nigerian mass workers' movement, private electricity for the US rich, big vs small business struggles, and why opposition to lockdowns only prolongs Covid. On the second half of the program, Wolff interviews author Rob Urie on criticizing capitalism.
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.
He’s fought the fight for worker rights his whole life and he’ll never retire. You must take Wolff in doses but well worth it.
this guys facial expression is unacceptable
Economic update is a tremendously inspiring and edifying program
Professor Wolf is a skilled communicator and interviews helpful and courageous thought leaders and change makers. Hi attended Harvard university 40 years ago and have spent my entire career in the environmental change and green product business. He is the most effective professor I have had!
You can excise the following from my review but I thought this would be an effective way to quickly communicate with Professor Wolf f why don’t you do a program on today’s GM all electric announcement by 2035 that shows how many premature deaths will occur due to the auto industry’s or should I say auto industry’s management and shareholders share of air pollution while they “heroically” shift over the next two decades (to make sure I guess that they don’t reduce their huge -Barra made $21.6 million in 2019- earnings) instead of the next few months or years. We completely ceased private car production in 1942 for four years to defeat fascism during Ww2. A similar shift to electric cars and more importantly to compact development models and bike-ped-transit transportation, Which would reduce the similarly huge public health/economic emergency of auto-related deaths and injuries and associated lost productivity And family trauma.
Also, you could draw a comparison with those consumers who believe they should have a choice to purchase a public health endangering internal combustion car with those who believe it is within their rights to endanger us all by not wearing a mask or Practicing social distancing or not taking the vaccine.
You could also put in the estimated health and national security costs associated with the added floods and fires and mass migrations etc. that will occur as we gradually transition and completely blow the ~seven year window we have to have any hope of staying under 1.5 or even 2° warming.
You could add to that the cost and tragedy of all the agricultural disruption and huge bio-diversity loss caused by this “earnings preserving” gradual transition.
David Adamson, Boulder Colorado, 303-545-6255 david@ goosecreekclt.org