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Global Capitalism: Live Economic Update is a series of live lectures by Richard D. Wolff in New York City. Programs begin with 45 minutes of updates on recent events, then a Q&A session with the live audience. We hope to develop all participants’ understanding and ability to explain current economic events and trends to others.
 
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In this lecture, Prof. Wolff will discuss the following: Medical (Covid) and military (Afghanistan) defeats deepen social divisions Exploding debt bubbles (gov’t, corporate, and personal) Threats of inflation China’s rise as a US competitor: its “surprise” strategyBy Democracy at Work - Richard D. Wolff
 
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.”By Democracy at Work - Richard D. Wolff
 
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 evict…
 
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 prot…
 
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 sys…
 
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/feud…
 
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 d…
 
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 …
 
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 - Redistributin…
 
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 RatesBy Democracy at Work
 
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? Str…
 
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 capitalismBy Democracy at Work
 
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.By Democracy at Work
 
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 top…
 
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 MexicoBy Democracy at Work
 
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 May 2018, these issues will include: : 1. Power and potential of public school teachers’ strikes 2. The 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth and Marxian economics today 3. Comparing the conditions…
 
Co-sponsored by Democracy at Work and Judson Memorial Church 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 March 2018, these issues will include: West Virginia public school teachers strike victory Why 700 Quebec doctors reject salary incr…
 
Co-sponsored by Democracy at Work and Judson Memorial Church 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 January 2018, these issues will include: Reviving the “privatization” myth (that private works better) Reviving the “deficit problem…
 
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