Economic Update Episode List: Season 12

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Season 12

Season 12 began in January 2022, and will run through December 2022. 


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Guest: Emily Guendelsberger

May 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 19)

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In this week's show, Prof. Wolff presents updates on the unionization of Grinnell College student-workers; US GDP drops 1.4% in Q1 of 2022; food inflation versus rationing; Germany's refugee shame; small US businesses to plan price inflation; and western corporations leaving Russia replaced by eager corporations from China, India, Turkey, Brazil etc. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews Emily Guendelsberger, author of On the Clock, on how badly paid, insanely stressful jobs are the workplace future facing the US.


Housing - Human Right vs. System Failure

Guests: Manon Vergerio & Velvet Ross (aka Fannie Lou Diane)

May 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 18)

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In this week's show, Prof. Wolff discusses global impacts of food inflation, endless class struggle over length of the workday and workweek and US deaths by guns. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews housing activists Manon Vergerio and Velvet Ross (Fannie Lou Diane) on the US housing crisis, homelessness and evictions.


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No Guest

May 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 17)

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In this week's show, Prof. Wolff talks about Sri Lanka’s economic crisis as a global example, and how US billionaires escape taxation at our expense. In the second half, Wolff discusses how and why the market system produces inflations like today’s.


Progressive Politics Win

Guest: Gayle McLaughlin

April 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 16)

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This week on Economic Update, an analysis of Ukraine propaganda war, US inflation worsens, the US college debt crisis and New York City eviction crisis looms. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews Gayle McLaughlin, former Mayor and City Council member, Richmond, CA on winning progressive politics.


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Guest: Chris Hedges

April 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 15)

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This week on Economic Update, Prof. Wolff discusses nurses’ suicides as results of our profit-driven healthcare, sanctions and their effect on inflation, US states where 40% of workers earn under $15/hr, and US corporate profits triple from 2008 to present. In the second half, Wolff talks with host and journalist Chris Hedges about Ukraine and the end of the US empire.


Capitalism & Its Self-Delusions

No Guest

April 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 14)

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In the first half of this week's show, Wolff evaluates US capitalism as a system of production and distribution of goods and services. In the second half, he compares the evaluation with the very different self-image of dominant voices within US capitalism. His conclusion: US capitalism has peaked and finding it very difficult to face its decline.


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Amazon Workers Organize a Union

Guest: Christian Smalls

April 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 13)

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This week on Economic Update, Prof. Wolff talks about oil and gas inflation, its impacts, and politicians' phony solutions, the stagnant US gender pay gap and its significance, and why Americans are experiencing economic crisis, while Biden pretends the US economy has "recovered" and is in great shape. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews Amazon union leader Chris Smalls about union organizing efforts across Amazon and beyond in a revived labor militancy.

***Since the recording of this episode last week, the Amazon Labor Union secured a major victory and has established the first Amazon union in the country under the leadership of @Chris.Smalls_. This is a historic event and we want to express our congratulations to Chris and the Amazon Union workers on this historic feat.


Christian Socialism

Guest: Prof. Joerg Rieger

March 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 12)

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This week on Economic Update, Prof Wolff presents updates on Amazon workers' strike, the impact of US inflation, and the underappreciated economic aspects of Russia-Ukraine war. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews Prof. Joerg Rieger on Christian Socialism, past and present.


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Ukraine, Race and Class

Guest: Prof. Adolph Reed, Jr.

March 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 11)

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This week's show on Economic Update, Prof. Wolff talks about the emerging new world order, Ukraine and inflation, and the economics of sanctions. On the second half of the show, Wolff is joined by Prof. Adolph Reed, Jr. to discuss race, class and the US left.


What Marx & Marxism Offer Us Today

No Guest

March 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 10)

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This week's show features a discussion of what Marx offers in the way of a basic critique of capitalism and an alternative economic system that would be better for most people, and how this differs from mainstream economics.


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Green Party vs. 2-Party Monopoly

Guests: Gloria Mattera and Michael O’Neil (Green Party)

March 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 09)

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On this week's show, Prof. Wolff talks about the UK selling visa to the rich, why "non-profit" is really "un-taxed," Apple's CEO's 2021 pay of $99 million, AOC and NYPD arrests for stealing diapers and kids' medicines, cleaning products. Green Party leaders Gloria Mattera and Michael O'Neil join Wolff in the second half.


Unaffordable Housing

Guest: Rob Robinson

February 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 08)

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This week on Economic Update, Prof. Wolff presents updates on the 2021 record 100,000 opioid overdose deaths in the US, the savage reductions in K-12 public education, inflation's profiteers, and offers a different take on the truckers' convoy in Canada. The second half of the show features an interview with activist Rob Robinson, formerly homeless, now a professor advocating for public housing.


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Covid Criminals, Pandemic Profiteers

Guest: John Nichols

February 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 07)

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On this week's show, Prof. Wolff presents updates on Mississippi's legalization of pot, US's $30 trillion national debt, Mexican workers at GM plant vote in militant union, and Amazon's 17% price increase (after a year of record profits), as much of nation already suffers from 7% inflation. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews John Nichols, author of Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers.


Fascism

No Guest

February 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 06)

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On this week's show, Prof. Wolff talks about the US' 2021 trade deficit and its implications, the FED's inflation policy dilemma, and the political economy of the Baltimore and Bronx fires. In the second half of the show, Wolff uses the actual history of fascism in Italy, Germany and Spain to analyze the positions and prospects of fascism in the US today.


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Rebuilding a Labor and Left Movement

Guest: Aviva Chomsky

February 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 05)

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This week on Economic Update, Prof. Wolff presents a critique of US Megacorp merger (Microsoft and Activision Blizzard), China vs US on inflation and economic growth, and the collapse of Boris Johnson (like Trump's lost election). In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews author Aviva Chomsky on problems and prospects of US labor and left social movements.


The Socialism Issue

No Guest

January 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 04)

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On this week's show, Prof. Wolff talks about the recreation of `company towns' (eg., Kalamzoo, MI) by the richest US capitalists, Biden and the reality of US jobs lost, how and why the US follows UK decline, and rising mass alienation from established political leaders and parties. The second half of the program features a discussion of socialism without Cold War taboos.


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The End of the Megamachine

Guest: Fabian Scheidler

January 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 03)

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On this week's show, Prof. Wolff talks about the sharp reduction in US population growth; how "lockdowns" are the anti-Covid policy everywhere, some gov't run and focused while others are private, haphazard, and unfocused. In the second half of the show, Prof. Wolff is joined by Fabian Scheidler, author of The End of the Megamachine: A Brief History of a Failing Civilization.


Emotions and US Politics Today

Guest: Tess Fraad-Wolff

January 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 02)

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On this week's show, Prof. Wolff talks about US bank closings as a sign of system decline; victory for 3000 striking Columbia University students; Laredo, Texas combats food deserts with co-ops; pandemic years worsen global inequalities, US defense bill aggravates US capitalism's inequalities. Special guest Tess Fraad-Wolff joins the second half of the show to discuss the role of emotions in US politics today (by Dems and GOP establishments but also Trump and Bernie wings).


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Strikes Amid Reviving US Labor Movement

Guest: Mike Elk

January 2022 (Season 12 - Episode 01)

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This week on Economic Update, Prof. Wolff presents updates on Huawei vs Cisco, Europe's exploding energy prices falsely blamed on Covid, Robert Kuttner announces he has become a socialist, polls show big drop in religious affiliation and praying especially among Christians from 2007 to 2021 as secularism accelerates. In the second half of the show, Prof. Wolff is joined by Mike Elk of Payday Report to discuss the growing wave of US strikes since the pandemic began.


 
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  • Francoise Hall
    commented 2022-01-31 03:21:52 -0500
    01/31/22. This is a comment on Economic Update Season 12, Episode 4, “The Socialism Issue.” Perhaps the reason why neither capitalism, nor socialism, nor communism has changed the situation of workers is that treating workers as inanimate objects is the only way that production can be predicted.

    I refer you to the book by German dramaturge and author Fabian Scheidler, entitled, The End of the Megamachine — a Brief History of a Failing Civiiization (2015), English translation 2020 by Zero Books.

    Since the Scientific Revolution, economists and scientists have wanted to have a predictable world — a world which functions according to calculable laws of cause and effect, and is, therefore, controllable. Capitalism, socialism, and communism treat their workers as inanimate objects mindlessly obeying commands, and thereby are assured of a predictable economic output.

    By treating workers as living beings with a mind of their own, workers’ coops are much less able to predict future production.

    I would appreciate your thoughts in a future Economic Update.

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