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Economic Update – Worker Co-ops, Socialism’s Future

“First half focuses on how, why socialism has changed from what it meant in the 19th and 20th centuries (public enterprises + state planning vs capitalism’s private enterprises + markets). Second half explores why 21st century socialism aims to democratize capitalist workplaces, replacing their top-down undemocratic organization with worker cooperatives   Download Here

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Economic Update – A Growing US Left

Updates on California events (LA Times labor union, 80,000 Kaiser workers to strike, new state public banking law), gross inefficiency of private car industry, anti-left politics in US labor history, wide global use of wealth taxes vs “conservative” claims. Interview: Michael Brooks, host of Michael Brooks Show podcast.   Download Here

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Economic Update – Capitalism and Mental Health

Updates on ICE raid in Mississippi, global comparisons of gun violence, conservatives on Dem’s wealth tax ideas. Interview With Dr Harriet Fraad on how capitalism affects mental health in US.   Download Here

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Economic Update – US Economy and the Market

Analysis of the state of the US economy at summer’s end, 2019: a decidedly mixed picture. Critique of the institution of the market that focuses on its structure, social effects, and particular beneficiaries: a counter to the imaginary ‘free market’.   Download Here

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Economic Update – Capitalism in Denial

Updates on parallel declines of UK and US capitalisms; denials of their systemic problems worsens them. Longer segments on (1) political economy of immigration, and (2) why the basic problem of Central and South America is 2-3 centuries of capitalism producing and reproducing extreme inequality, staggering poverty, and corrupt government elites. That is the crucial context for the Cuban and …

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Economic Update – Homelessness in the US

Updates on politicians’ “blame game” of scapegoating to avoid blaming capitalism, middle class squeezed by prices, limits of workers on corporate boards of directors, lessons from a courageous Puerto Rican people. Interview Rob Robinson, global advocate for the homeless.   Download Here

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Economic Update – “Injustice, Race and Class”

Updates on 3 deadly failures of capitalism, DOJ investigation of hi-tech monopolies, worker coops franchised, how income inequality breeds social inequalities. Interview with Bob Hennelly, investigating reporter on Garner, Epstein and Kushner cases.   Download Here

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Economic Update – Working Class History and the 2020 Election

This special program discusses how the history of the US working class shaped US politics. We start with how and why the 1930s Great Depression married the US working class to FDR’s Democratic Party (New Deal Coalition). We next show how and why after 1945, US business leaders and Republicans broke up that marriage to undo the New Deal. By …

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Economic Update – Reparations and Forgiving Student Debts

Updates on economics of 2 million home health aides, extreme Uber inequalities, Alaska universities 41% budget cuts, Michigan governor during Flint Water Crisis says his critics are “uncivil,” a British district’s labor party proposes a worker-coop sector to UK Parliament using resources from our “Economic Update” programs. Major topics discussed: economics of reparations for African-American slavery and economics of Bernie …

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Economic Update – “Win-win for Womens’ Soccer”

Updates on Trump as distraction vehicle, Macron’s corruption, coffee price collapse drives immigrants to US, why rightists oppose free tuition and student loans, and why Trump/GOP do not stop jobs exodus from US. Interview Dr. Harriet Fraad on implications of US women’s soccer victories   Download Here