Planned Obsolescence ix years ago we paid about $700 for a new KitchenAid dishwasher. Since then, we’ve spent considerably more than that getting it repaired. Each repairman (and they’ve all been men) who came to our house told us the same thing: most of today’s appliances are junk. Both the workmanship and the parts are […]
Richard Wolff: An immense new political space and opportunity has been opened on the left. A crisis-ridden capitalism that serves an ever-smaller slice of the population in capitalism’s old centers increasingly alienates millions. Lesser-Evil Choosing
Richard Wolff: Capitalism understood as the prevailing employer-employee relationship in most of today’s factories, offices and stores is not and never has been the only kind of work relationship inside enterprises. Meaning of Capitalism
Richard Wolff: Passing government back and forth between the parties makes the enduring capitalist system appear to be above the fray, beyond political dispute, forever.
Charles Hayes: Capitalism is an incredibly dynamic system capable of both good and ill, but today’s economic playing field is not in any sense level.
Leonard Isenberg: Democratic socialism programs arguably have saved free enterprise capitalism in our country and around the world by cleaning up after the unrestrained excesses of endemic corporate greed that has cyclically been allowed to continuously tank the world economy.
Steve Hochstadt: By obscuring these uncomfortable elements of Adam Smith’s theory, free market absolutists offer another myth: regulation has only costs, not benefits.
Robert Reich: Americans pay more for broadband Internet, food, airline tickets, and banking services than the citizens of any other advanced nation.
John Peeler: Left to its own devices, capitalism really will create a world in which workers are driven ever harder to produce ever more, with a division of labor that becomes profoundly alienating.
A Conference inspired by Stephen Cullenberg’s Tenure as CHASS Dean, 2006-2014 University of California, Riverside 900 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92521 Thursday & Friday, April 2 & 3 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. his conference recognizes and pays tribute to the work of Stephen Cullenberg, the former Dean of UC Riverside’s College of Humanities, Arts, […]
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Although politicians religiously deny that these contributions have any influence on their decisions, it is inconceivable that businesses – always obsessed with their “bottom line” – would continue these contributions without a “return on their investment.”
Berry Craig: One of the strangest—and for me, most annoying—perversions of politics in the Obama era is the meme pursued by so many on the right suggesting that this president is a raging socialist who seeks to install a permanent welfare state in America—despite all evidence to the contrary
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Amazingly, Krugman never mentions the decline of organized labor as a huge factor explaining the decline of the standard of living of working people, adding that there has been so little discussion of these developments.