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Global Capitalism: Live Economic Update
55 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
The Challenge of China [July 2021]
In this month's lecture, Prof. Wolff will discuss the following: China’s Economic Growth since its Revolution (1949) China’s Economic “Model” and the Global Economy China, Capitalism, and Socialism China versus the US: Options versus Threats
63 minutes | May 12, 2021
Biden’s Economic Plans and Likely Results [May 2021]
In this month's lecture, Prof. Wolff will discuss the following: Changes in Government Spending and Taxing Joe Biden and Franklin Roosevelt: Differences and Similarities Historic Decline of US Capitalism: Reality vs Denial
89 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
March 2020-March 2021: Covid and the Crash [March 2021]
In connection with Prof. Wolff’s discussion of the main topic above, he will also give short updates on: who lost what; who gained what; where is the US economy headed now; and lastly, political fallout: revisiting the January 6 DC assault
80 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
US Capitalism’s Decline and Desperate Efforts to Save It [January 2021]
Professor Wolff will also give short updates on: the US military intervention in elections; a major political breakthrough in Argentina led by women; the economics of advertising; Trump’s political crash and lastly, Biden’s Economic “Team.”
95 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Post-Election Special [November 2020]
This is a special post-election Global Capitalism featuring comments from guests Lee Camp, Lee Carter, Laura Flanders, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Nomi Prins, and Yanis Varoufakis.
78 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Capitalism’s Decline Accelerates [September 2020]
Prof. Wolff presents the following topics: the failures mount: failed preparation for COVID-19; failed containment of COVID-19; failed preparation for 2020 capitalist crash; failed containment of crash’s social effects; failed scapegoating. The social problems explode: systemic racism; State and local budget collapse; unaffordable housing and eviction.
71 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
As US Capitalism Shakes, US Socialism Renews [July 2020]
Topics: mass unemployment undercuts US capitalism; Trump vs Biden: neither are solutions, the choice is a symptom of system decline; what old socialist responses to today’s crisis would be; what new socialist solutions to today’s crisis could be. Wolff also covers: why US capitalism has needed racism, and and how it has used it; why US current protests against racism and police violence are so strong.
11 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
Wolff Responds: Protests and Class War
Prof. Wolff talks about the protests sweeping across the US incited by yet another brutal killing of a Black American, George Floyd. He argues that the capitalist system, with its endless drive for profits over people, is the true culprit and failing Americans. The levels of inequality, massive unemployments, and injustices are symptomatic of a system that is in deep trouble. Divide and conquer, or class war is the tactic capitalists are using to distract Americans from uniting against the common enemy: capitalism.
68 minutes | May 14, 2020
Corona and Capitalism: Overlapping Sicknesses [May 2020]
Topics: why capitalist enterprises & governments failed to prepare for Corona; private unemployment vs gov’t re-employment; pandemic policies worsen inequality, instability of capitalism; how to do better than capitalism during Corona. In connection with Wolff’s discussion of the main topic above, he covers the following issues: Bubonic plague/feudalism dies; Corona virus/capitalism dies; the pandemic and worker cooperative enterprises.
76 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Changing Strained Alliances of World Capitalism [March 2020]
In connection with Wolff’s discussion of the main topic above, he will also cover the following issues: US in decline turns nationalist, drops old allies, targets China Europe in decline turns toward China, away from US UK and Japan: isolated, in greater decline Other nations desperate to survive amid changing alliances Bloomberg: another billion dollar disaster uses the system Why some mega-corporations are OK with Green New Deal movement
82 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
The Three Key Economic Issues of 2020 [Jan 2020]
In connection with Wolff’s discussion of the main topic above, he will also cover the following issues at the January 08, 2020, event: How, why US economy is not in “great” shape How, why US capitalism now struggles between tariffs, trade wars (protectionism) and free trade (globalization) Tensions, conflicts with China Class War in France: Macron vs united unions and yellow vests Class War in the UK: Labor Party defeat, Brexit, and what comes next
96 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
The Economics of Taxing Wealth [November 2019]
In connection with Wolff’s discussion of the main topic above, he will also cover the following issues at the November 13, 2019, event: - Current wealth tax proposals by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren - How US already taxes wealth (of some, not others} - How other countries tax wealth - How US enables/allows wealth to escape taxes - Redistributing wealth: pros and cons- The protest movements in Chile, Lebanon and beyond and how they differ from those in Hong Kong - The overdue critique of “libertarian” capitalism
100 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
US-China Trade Wars: Causes, Prospects, Risks [Sept 2019]
In connection with Wolff’s discussion of the main topic above, he will also cover the following issues at the July 10th, 2019, event: Gainers and Losers Trade Wars and Military Wars A New US Isolationism? Trade War, Recession, and the 2020 Election
100 minutes | Jul 12, 2019
Global Capitalism: Economic Issues of the Upcoming US Elections [July 2019]
In connection with Wolff’s discussion of the main topic above, he will also cover the following issues at the July 10th, 2019, event: - US-China Trade War and Tariffs - Immigration, Census Questionnaire, Anti-foreigner propaganda - Student Debt Relief - Federal Reserve and Lowering Interest Rates
92 minutes | May 9, 2019
Global Capitalism: Rise of Socialism in the US Today [May 2019]
In connection with Wolff’s discussion of the main topic, he will also cover the following issues at the May 8, 2019, event: 1. Libertarianism and socialism 2. Anti-capitalism and socialism 3. Democratic socialism: its multiple meanings
93 minutes | Mar 14, 2019
Global Capitalism: US and China: 1 Global Economy, 2 Giants - Tariffs, Competition, Deals: What’s Coming
These programs begin with 30 minutes of short updates on important economic events of the last month, then Prof. Wolff analyzes several major economic issues. For March 2019, these issues will include: 1. The record US gov’t budget deficit in 2018: causes and effects 2. The record US trade deficit in 2018: causes and effects 3. Unions reviving? Strikes, organizing and the looming strategic decision they face about socialism in the US
95 minutes | Jan 10, 2019
Global Capitalism: Huge Risks for Economy and Politics - What We Can Expect
In connection with Wolff’s discussion of the main topic, he will also cover the following issues at the January 9, 2019, event: 1. Historic “yellow vests” movement in France and beyond 2. GOP and Dems face threats, splits, and opportunities 3. Record global debt levels and crises capitalism
100 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
Global Capitalism: The Economic Consequences of the Election - What Can We Expect? [November 2018]
In connection with the main topic above, Prof. Wolff discusses: 1. Is another crash coming? 2. The economic and political lessons from young US socialists winning elections 3. The main, different meanings of “socialism” these days.
92 minutes | Sep 27, 2018
Global Capitalism: Economic Nationalism [September 2018]
Economic Nationalism: How Capitalism Tries to Cope With Extreme Inequality As global capitalism changes, each country tries to grab gains from and shift losses onto others: nationalist hostility becomes the new “spirit of the age” (Brexit, Trump, demonization of immigrants and foreigners, etc.). In connection with Wolff’s discussion of the main topic above, he will also cover the following issues at the September 2018, event: Emerging market crises (Venezuela, Turkey, Argentina, Indonesia, etc.) Modern Monetary Theory, how banks create money, and the meaning of today’s record levels of government, corporate and personal debts.
89 minutes | Jul 12, 2018
Global Capitalism: Immigration and Trade War: The Economics of Desperation [July 2018]
These programs begin with 30 minutes of short updates on important economic events of the last month, then Wolff analyzes several major economic issues. For July 2018, these issues will include: : The anti-union Janus decision of the Supreme Court The Obrador election victory of the left in Mexico
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