Economic Update - The Economy from 2017 to 2018 - 01.07.18


 "Updates on net neutrality, workplace sexual harassment, bitcoin, worsening global inequality, Europe's recovery and instability, and using prison labor to fight fires. Major discussions of consumerism, gathering revolt against capitalism, and the economics of alternative populisms."


Economic Update - Public Service vs Private Profit - 12.24.17


Updates on Economic Threats: Corbyn vs Morgan Stanley, cars for super-rich, information vs profit, Fed chair Powell's over-reach, why regulations are never enough, and corporate criminality. Interview with David Jette about public vs private banking.


Economic Update - Different Economics, Different Policies - 12.17.17


Updates on UK company's parental leave policies, Citibank fined for abusing student borrowers, US tobacco companies air self-critical ads, Bezos' obscene wealth, and ideological attack on US higher education. Major topic discussions: Marxian economics and UK Labor Party policy initiatives.


Economic Update - Revolt Against Sexual Abuse - 12.10.17


Updates on other countries undercut US tax changes, US graduate students: fewer and taxed more, "recovery" myth vs foreclosure stats, Valve Corp: worker coops better for innovation, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize snubbed, Starbucks: not really worker-friendly. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on revolt against sexual abuse.


Economic Update - Which Way for US Economy? - 12.03.17


Updates on Uber's corrupt profiteering, sugar producers immoral cancer research, Trump's personal business, neglecting New York subways, UK's historic wage decline, and Norway's sovereign wealth fund. Interview with economist Stephanie Kelton, adviser to Bernie Sanders.


Economic Update - Capitalism, Corporations, and Media - 11.26.17


Updates on corrupt Congressional "tax reform," giant corporations' abuse of power, GE CEO wastes millions, corporate structure and sexual harassment/abuse, Detroit's fake "renaissance," dying US malls, unaffordable rents expose fake economic "recovery," and pharma giant Astra-Zeneca shows how capitalism endangers health. Interview of author and broadcaster Laura Flanders on mass media changes in today's capitalism.


Economic Update - How People Change Economies - 11.19.17


Updates on Maine's progressive economic changes, US Senate documents how the very rich abuse the estate tax, Nestle profits as nearby Flint's water still polluted, poverty and 'social exclusion' in Greece and Europe, Trump/GOP cuts health programs, US profits rise as wage share falls. Major discussions: (1) economics of migration and (2) economics of coalitions between labor unions and worker coops.


Economic Update - Socialism: Past, Present, Future - 11.12.17


"Updates on critique of Uber and gig economy; WI Sen Johnson endorses inequality; Norway to pay male and female athletes same; corporations buy back their own shares; deaths of overworked Japanese; 10% NY school kids homeless; and majority of major US corporations already pay much below official 35% tax rate. Major discussion of changing economics of socialism.


Economic Update - Morality and Economics - 11.05.17


Updates on mostly low-paid service jobs in US future, Senate deregulates banks, college spending per student reinforces income inequality, US loneliness a factor in illnesses and premature death, Univ of Chicago grad students unionize, Brazilian civil and religious authorities push almost-rotten food for the poor, and costs of pollution. Interview Dr. Harriet Fraad on psychology and economics of sex work industry.


Economic Update - How Economies Change - 10.29.17


Updates on privatized probation, New Zealand rejects austerity, electricity cutoffs refute "recovery," declining medical insurance, neo-liberalism attacked, rich funders of fake 'public interest groups.' Interview two professors (Umberto Lorenzo and Richard McIntyre) on Cuba's socialist economy changing toward worker coops.


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