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We need a progressive movement that will serve to end the welfare state of the corporations, bring a halt to disaster capitalism, and return gov\'t representation to We The People. Campaign Finance Reform is imperative.

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Prof. R.D. Wolff's Global Capitalism: February 2016 Monthly Update



Global Capitalism: Monthly Economic Update
"Demands for Basic Economic Change Keep Growing"
with Richard D. Wolff

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
Judson Memorial Church (Assembly Hall, 239 Thompson St. at Washington Square, Manhattan)

Co-sponsored by Democracy at Work, Left Forum, 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. This month, these will include:

1. Today’s extreme global wealth inequality: the facts and what they mean
2. Capitalism’s instability: risk of economic crises in 2016, the evidence
3. Britain’s Labour Party endorses worker coops as major new policy

When time permits, we open the floor to questions and comments. Our goal: to develop all participants’ understanding and ability to explain current economic events and trends to others.
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Professor Wolff's Website: www.rdwolff.com

Professor Wolff's Podcast: http://www.truth-out.org/economic-upd...

(Posted by Permission of Prof. R.D. Wolff with much thanks and appreciation.)
Posted by mother earth | Fri Feb 5, 2016, 07:40 PM (4 replies)

Prof. R.D. Wolff's Global Capitalism: January 2016 Monthly Update



Wednesday, January 13th at 7:30pm

“Capitalism Delivers the...: Inequality, Instability, Insecurity'”

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Where: Judson Memorial Church
Assembly Hall
239 Thompson Street at
Washington Square, Manhattan

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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 13th, these will include:

1. Stock Markets from China to New York: Dangers Looming in 2016

2. Deadly Oil Economics: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Middle East Wars

3. Obamacare and the "Medical-Industrial Complex": Troubling Economics

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Professor Wolff's Website: www.rdwolff.com

Professor Wolff's Podcast: http://www.truth-out.org/economic-upd...

(Posted by Permission of Prof. R.D. Wolff with much thanks and appreciation.)

Prof. R.D. Wolff's Global Capitalism: December 2015 Monthly Update



Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:30pm

“Saving Capitalism from Itself or Saving Us from It?

Judson Memorial Church
Assembly Hall
239 Thompson Street at Washington Square, Manhattan

Co-sponsored by Democracy at Work, Left Forum, 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 this December 9, these will include:

1. Paris Climate Conference: Big Words Little Action
2. Beyond “Saving Capitalism”: Beyond Reich and Krugman
3. Destroying Higher Education: Betraying “Equal Chances for All”
4. The Economy in 2015: A Look Back at the Big Changes

When time permits, we open the floor to questions and comments. Our goal: to develop all participants’ understanding and ability to explain current economic events and trends to others.
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Professor Wolff's Website: www.rdwolff.com

Professor Wolff's Podcast: http://www.truth-out.org/economic-upd...

(Posted by Permission of Prof. R.D. Wolff with much thanks and appreciation.)

Prof. R.D. Wolff's Global Capitalism: November 2015 Monthly Update

Published on Nov 12, 2015


Global Capitalism: Monthly Economic Update

Richard D. Wolff
Wednesday, November 11th at 7:30pm
“Immigration, Unaffordable Cities, and Bernie's 'Democratic Socialism'”
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Where: Judson Memorial Church
Assembly Hall
239 Thompson Street at
Washington Square, Manhattan
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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 November 11th, these will include:
1. Why Corporations want Immigration in US and Europe now
2. Housing Economics: "Gentrification" = Unaffordable Cities
3. Bernie Sanders' "Democratic Socialism" : an Analysis

Bio: Richard D. Wolff is a Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. He is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, and Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA.
Wolff hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI, 99.5 FM, New York City (Pacifica Radio).
More: http://rdwolff.com/content/about
http://www.rdwolff.com
For more info or donations: http://www.democracyatwork.info/
Note: Used by permission of Prof. R.D. Wolff (with much appreciation & thanks to him, donations to DAW are tax deductible).

Have You Asked Your Doctor About Voting?



Disclaimer: The opinions and views in the video being posted do not necessarily represent the view of the poster.

'Urban' vs 'Rural' Gun Control - Debunking Hillary Clinton's Attack on Bernie Sanders



Published on Nov 6, 2015


Secretary Hillary Clinton recently went on the offensive, and tried to imply that Bernie Sanders's statements on 'rural vs urban gun legislation' was somehow racist.

Oddly enough, Secretary Clinton said the very same thing in 2008, when discussing gun control policies in New York City and in the rural parts of New York State.

When Collapse Is Cheaper and More Effective Than Reform, Charles Hugh Smith

When Collapse Is Cheaper and More Effective Than Reform
November 5, 2015

Collapse begins when real reform becomes impossible.

We all know why reforms fail: everyone whose share of the power and money is being crimped by reforms fights back with everything they've got.

Reforms that can't be stopped by the outright purchase of politicos are watered down in committee, and loopholes wide enough for jumbo-jets of cash to fly through are inserted.

The reform quickly becomes "reform"--a simulacrum that maintains the facade of fixing what's broken while maintaining the Status Quo. Another layer of costly bureaucracy is added, along with hundreds or thousands of pages of additional regulations, all of which add cost and friction without actually solving what was broken.

The added friction increases the system's operating costs at multiple levels. Practitioners must stop doing actual work to fill out forms that are filed and forgotten; lobbyists milk the system to eradicate any tiny reductions in the flow of swag; attorneys probe the new regulations for weaknesses with lawsuits, and the enforcing agencies add staff to issue fines.

None of this actually fixes what was broken; all these fake-reforms add costs and reduce whatever efficiencies kept the system afloat. Recent examples include the banking regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 meltdown and the ObamaCare Afforable Care Act (ACA).

More:

http://www.oftwominds.com/blog.html

It's a bit disconcerting to say the least, but I fear, collapse is going to become another "normal" since what we have on way too many levels and in way too many cornerstones of our lives is in dire need of reform. When huge corporations and banks can play the system, knowingly disregard law, knowing all too well, what they will face at worst will be fines, nothing more. I'd have to say I'm very much in agreement that it may be cheaper to build anew. Collapse, a word that we may come to appreciate rather than fear. I don't ever remember a time so volatile. The mere thought that collapse might be the better of two possibilities, with two roads before us, this blog "Of Two Minds" becomes almost prophetic. Read the article and see if you agree. Is real reform impossible?

Posted by mother earth | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 09:41 PM (8 replies)

Richard Wolff - Economic Justice, Sustainability and Transition Beyond Capitalism (Talking StickTV)



Published on Oct 28, 2015

Talk by Richard D. Wolff on "Economic Justice, Sustainability and Transition Beyond Capitalism" recorded October 27, 2015 at the Communications Building, University of Washington, Seattle.


Bio: Richard D. Wolff is a Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. He is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, and Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA.
Wolff hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI, 99.5 FM, New York City (Pacifica Radio).
More: http://rdwolff.com/content/about
http://www.rdwolff.com
For more info or donations: http://www.democracyatwork.info/
Note: Used by permission of Prof. R.D. Wolff (with much appreciation & thanks to him, donations to DAW are tax deductible).
Posted by mother earth | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 06:54 PM (0 replies)

Why Bernie Sanders Should Invoke Eugene Debs

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/02/why-bernie-sanders-should-invoke-eugene-debs/
Excerpt:
Eugene V. Debs is to Bernie Sanders what Abraham Lincoln is to Barack Obama. It is easy to see why Sanders admires the old Socialist leader. He was a tireless champion of the working class, who went to prison before sacrificing his integrity, and made the capitalist class (or as Sanders calls it, the billionaire class) shudder with fear. Last week, Sanders announced that he is planning a “major speech” on Democratic Socialism, and while providing examples of modern European countries like Denmark and Norway is no doubt important, it would be remiss to leave out America’s own radical past and one of its foremost leaders. As Eric Foner wrote in The Nation last week, in a letter to the Senator:

“I urge you to reconsider how you respond to the inevitable questions about what you mean by democratic socialism and peaceful revolution. The next time, embrace our own American radical tradition. There’s nothing wrong with Denmark; we can learn a few things from them (and vice-versa). But most Americans don’t know or care much about Scandinavia. More importantly, your response inadvertently reinforces the idea that socialism is a foreign import. Instead, talk about our radical forebears here in the United States, for the most successful radicals have always spoken the language of American society and appealed to some of its deepest values… Each generation of Americans had made its own contribution to an ongoing radical tradition, and you are following in their footsteps. So next time, forget about Denmark and talk about (Thomas) Paine, (Frederick) Douglass, FDR, and Debs as forebears of a movement that can make the United States a fairer, more equal, more just society.”

America has a rich history of radicalism, and Sanders is quite simply reviving this long tradition after decades of dormancy. It has been nearly a century since Debs was sentenced to prison for opposing the first World War, and today, opposition and revolt are more important than ever.

Prof. R.D. Wolff's Global Capitalism: October 2015 Monthly Update



Published on Oct 15, 2015

Global Capitalist Downturn Yet Again

Judson Memorial Church
Assembly Hall
239 Thompson Street at Washington Square, Manhattan

Co-sponsored by Democracy at Work, Left Forum, 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 this October 14, these will include:

1. Volkswagen: Scandal for Capitalism, Germany and Beyond
2. Bad US Job Numbers; Wages Stagnate; Prices Fall….Downturn Looms
3. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Corps/Govts Do Their Trade Deals

When time permits, we open the floor to questions and comments. Our goal: to develop all participants’ understanding and ability to explain current economic events and trends to others.




Bio: Richard D. Wolff is a Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. He is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, and Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA.
Wolff hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI, 99.5 FM, New York City (Pacifica Radio).
More: http://rdwolff.com/content/about
http://www.rdwolff.com
For more info or donations: http://www.democracyatwork.info/
Note: Used by permission of Prof. R.D. Wolff (with much appreciation & thanks to him, donations to DAW are tax deductible).
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