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Giant Corporations, Giant Failures

(Image: General Motors, Crime scene via Shutterstock; Edited: EL / TO)

Richard Wolff speaks at University of Southern Maine: "Capitalism Hits the Fan, So Now What?"

This lecture Professor Richard Wolff entitled "Capitalism Hit the Fan, So Now What? Economic Democracy and America's Future," was part of a two-day event at the University of Southern Maine on April 23-24, 2014.

Global Capitalism: June 2014 Monthly Update

Professor Wolff discusses:

Economic Update: Analyzing Incarceration

Updates on health economics, Mississippi political lessons, and whats wrong with a Harvard economist. Interview with Victor Wallis, on economics and politics of US prisons. Response to questions about: gender wage gap, real estate bubbles, and the "ultra richer" except in Latin America.

Economic Update: Economic Codependency

Updates on rising rates of young men earning below-poverty wages, Detroit's retired city workers accept 4.5% cut in pensions, Missouri government struggles over tax cuts for special interests. Major discussions of (a) new book on China-US codependency and (b) how/why our economic system works and breaks down. Response to listener's question on corporate taxes.

Economic Update: "Capitalism's Mounting Contradictions"

Updates on RI Senate rewards firms limiting inequality, recession-driven increases in suicide rates, opposition to Dodd-Frank, negative effects of lower federal deficits, human costs of Detroit-type decline. Major discussions of economics of advertising and privatization. Response to questions on British real estate bubble and on worker cooperatives deciding on uses for their surpluses/profits.

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Equal Time Radio podcast: RIchard Wolff on Piketty: Inequality, the Wealth Divide & Lessons from Our Past

Professor Richard Wolff, author of Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, discusses Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century's research on inequality and the wealth divide while also offering a more systemic critique of capitalism. Piketty’s book is an exhaustive examination of income inequality, based on a formidable database that he and others assembled, that is available online.

Equal Time Radio podcast: RIchard Wolff on Piketty: Inequality, the Wealth Divide & Lessons from Our Past

Professor Richard Wolff, author of Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, discusses Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century's research on inequality and the wealth divide while also offering a more systemic critique of capitalism. Piketty’s book is an exhaustive examination of income inequality, based on a formidable database that he and others assembled, that is available online.

Economic Update: Economic "Side-Effects"

Updates on Walmart's Mexican bribes, car loans turn bad, state taxes, US slower than Europe on renewable energy, Seattle's $15/hour wage minimum, Finland fines according to ability to pay. Major discussions: (1) medical-industrial complex and (2) London conference to build mass acceptance/resignation to capitalism's "side effects". Responses to questions on consumer stocks, H-1b visas, economic growth and differences between socialism and communism.

Richard Wolff speaks at Webster University: "How the Economic Crisis Reshapes Europe"

On April 9, 2014, Richard Wolff delivered this presentation, entitled "How the Economic Crisis Reshapes Europe" to Webster University students, faculty and staff.

Webster University and the Office of Corporate Partnerships welcome Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, as the 2014 Global Leader in Residence for the College of Arts & Sciences.

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