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Global Capitalism, Monthly Economic Update:
“Now What? The Real Economic Issues and the New Government”
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, these will include:
- Where is this capitalist system going?
- Monopolies, yet again, and deepening economic inequalities
- Alternative, non-capitalist economic structures and opportunities
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I have been watching [email protected] for quite some time and absolutely love it. However, in all your great work I have not really seen you address how worker cooperatives would address the continuing injustices of the rentier economy/capatilism. How would cooperatives help redress inequality brought about buy the collection of rents on eg land, resources, communication infractructure(such as bandwith), intellectual property and usury (interest).
I keep thinking that even if cooperative were to become dominant the cooperatives and the people in them could still be held over a virtual barrel if we do not address the enclosure of the commons that allows a very small minority to charge rent for something that they ‘own’ but didn’t create. (Ultimately these thing we are being charged rent for were lands taken by force, commodified resoureces that were once free or such as water or EM bandwith or monopoly rights like interllectual property. (How do you own a gene?))
I have been looking a Guy Standings work and find that he raises some critical points in these areas and would like to know how cooperatives intersect on this issue.