Global Capitalism - A Monthly Update & Discussion (September 2011)

These Tuesday evenings will each begin with an update and analysis of major economic events of the last month and their contexts of longer-term economic trends shaping politics and society here and abroad. We will focus on the evolving global capitalist economic crisis and its consequences. We will examine topics such as

La verdad sobre la "guerra de clases" en EE.UU.

Republicanos y conservadores siempre se oponen a propuestas de aumentar impuestos a las corporaciones y a individuos ricos con dos afirmaciones básicas: Primero, semejantes propuestas equivalen a una “guerra de clases” anti-‘americana’, que enfrenta a la clase trabajadora a las corporaciones y los ricos. Segundo, semejante actuación extraería dinero para el gobierno que de otra manera se invertiría en producción y por lo tanto crearía empleo.

Economic Update on WBAI Sept 24

Updates focus on Obama's deficit and national debt reduction program, on government gridlock and inability to emerge from economic crisis, on ecological risks of Exxon-Mobil deal with Rosneft to drill for oil in Arctic. Today's in depth interview on recently signed labor contracts and strikes. Guest is Prof. Michael Pelias, Long Island University faculty union leader. Comparison of LIU gains and losses in their academic strike and final contract with just-signed General Motors deal with UAW for 48,000 auto workers.

The Truth About "Class War" in America (Alternate)

Appeared originally on Truthout on September 19th, 2011

Republicans and conservatives have done us a service by describing federal policies in terms of "class war." But by applying the term only to Obama's latest proposals to raise taxes on the rich, they have it all backward and upside down. The last 50 years have indeed seen continuous class warfare in and over federal economic policies.

Thom Hartmann Interview - Haves and Have Mores

Professor Richard Wolff appears with Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture to discuss the recent wild volatility of the stock market and some of the ramifications.

Economic Update on WBAI Sept 17

Updates focus on (1) President Obama's jobs program and (2) the deepening crisis of European banks and indebted countries. In-depth discussion on the extent, causes and social effects of poverty in the US following on last week's report from the US Census Bureau. Guests Willie Baptist of the Poverty Initiative and Prof.

The truth about 'class war' in America

Appeared originally in The Guardian on September 19th, 2011

Taking his cue from Warren Buffett, President Obama has announced a 'millionaire tax' as part of his budget plan; Republicans have denounced it as 'class war'. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

On KPFA's Letters and Politics - Sept 9, 2011

Pacifica's Mitch Jeserich hosts “Letters & Politics,” a look at burning political issues and debates, and their historical context, within the US and worldwide.

Οι παραλογισμοί της κρίσης

Η Standard & Poor's υποβαθμίζει το χρέος των ΗΠΑ, τα κυριότερα χρηματιστήρια στον κόσμο κάνουν βουτιά.

Economic Update on WBAI Sept 3

Updates focus on (1) appointment of Prof Alan Krueger as Obama's chief economic advisor in relation to continuing high unemployment, (2) a medical study on the deaths resulting from poverty, and (3) the history of US national debt. In-depth analysis: how the economic crisis is affecting both private and Social Security pensions and how to improve Social Security's finances. Question answered focused on why the economics profession - with few exceptions - failed to anticipate the crisis or find effective policies to overcome it.

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