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Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism (Open Media)


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ISBN13: 9780872865679
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Todays economic crisis is capitalisms worst since the Great Depression. Millions have lost their jobs, homes and healthcare while those who work watch their pensions, benefits, and job security decline. As more and more are impacted by the crisis, the system continues to make the very wealthy even richer. In eye-opening interviews with prominent economist Richard Wolff, David Barsamian probes the root causes of the current economic crisis, its unjust social consequences, and what can and should be done to turn things around.  While others blame corrupt bankers and unregulated speculators, the government, or even the poor who borrowed, the authors show that the causes of the crisis run much deeper. They reach back to the 1970s when the capitalist system itself shifted, ending the century-old pattern of rising wages for U.S. workers and thereby enabling the top 1% to become ultra-rich at the expense of the 99%. Since then, economic injustice has become chronic and further corrupted politics. The Occupy movement, by articulating deep indignation with the whole system, mobilizes huge numbers who seek basic change. Occupying the Economy not only clarifies and analyzes the crisis in U.S. capitalism today, it also points toward solutions that can shape a far better future for all.

Richard D. Wolff is professor emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at the New School University. Author of Capitalism Hits the Fan, hes been a guest on NPR, Glenn Beck Show, and Democracy Now!

David Barsamian is founder and director of Alternative Radio and author of Targeting Iran. He is best known for his interview books with Noam Chomsky, including Targeting Iran.

“With unerring coherence and unequaled breadth of knowledge, Rick Wolff offers a rich and much needed corrective to the views of mainstream economists and pundits.”

—Stanley Aronowitz


A hot-button primer on the taboo subject impacting most Americans today: the failure of capitalism to deliver public good.

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Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics at U. Mass, and Visiting Professor at the New School University. He gives signings throughout the year and averages 2-3 media interviews per day, including A-list outlets like National Public Radio, the Glenn Beck Show, and Democracy Now! Wolff is author of the breakout book, Capitalism Hits the Fan.

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Gene Marchi, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Gene Marchi)
this is an excellent book and a must read to understand why the US, let alone the rest of the world ecomony, is in an economic crisis
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Wolff, Richard
City Lights Books
Barsamian, David
Wolff, Richard D.
Economic Conditions
Politics - General
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