by Jerry Alatalo
“Settle the economics question and you settle all other questions. It is the Aaron’s rod which swallows up the rest.”
– WILLIAM MORRIS (1834-1896) English writer, artist
Retired economics Professor Richard Wolff’s monthly meetings in a church in New York City have become attended by larger numbers of men and women since their start, as well as increasing numbers of people around the Earth over the internet as the talks are found at “RichardDWolff” on YouTube. His July meeting has received over 5,200 YouTube views in a little over a day after posting. Besides the increasing popularity of these monthly “Economic Update” productions, Mr. Wolff is a popular guest on radio and television talk/news programs and hosts a weekly radio program “Economic Update” on the Progressive Radio Network.
The men and women who attend his monthly meetings to hear him in person pay $10 each, and at the beginning of the July meeting he asks the thousands of people from around the world who will watch for free on YouTube to consider donating $10 at his website:
What stood out for this writer while listening to Mr. Wolff’s July update/meeting was his description of the 1976 military coup in Argentina, how government officials after the end of the military dictatorship (1983) said “no” to repayment of debts incurred by the military dictatorship from 1976-1983, and particularly how it lined up with and confirmed the corruption and dangerous nature of geopolitical financial machinations described by John Perkins in Perkins’ bestselling book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”. Here we are talking about war by means other than with the use of military force, but financial force through bringing about the impossible-to-repay indebtedness of entire nations.
The most recent example of what economist Michael Hudson calls “war by finance” is Greece, where the government of Alexis Tsipras became forced – after unfortunately thinking that negotiations with the Eurogroup would be successful, mutually reasonable and lead to better conditions for the Greek people – to capitulate and accept further austerity measures, after financial terrorism in the form of euro/cash cutoff threatened economic destruction of the nation. Richard Wolff, after decades of economics study and university teaching, gives a brilliant lecture that paints historic and current economics events in a manner few teachers of economics are able to match.
His analysis of the economic conditions facing Americans is brutally honest, suggesting in the strongest terms the necessity for bringing about massive, effective change. That Richard Wolff’s talks are generating increasing interest not only from Americans but listeners and viewers around the Earth reinforces the validity and commonality of experience of what he shares.
The only slight disappointment in the talk is not incorporating the public banking solution into what is otherwise a stunning and revealing exposition of the fundamental realities of economics in the world. Richard Wolff deserves high praise and much appreciation for his truthful and passionate efforts at passing along his clearly immense knowledge of the subject. His teaching style has evolved to the point where what listeners likely have thought a very abstract, almost mystical field of study – “only understood by scholars” – becomes easily grasped because of Mr. Wolff’s decades-of-study and expertise on economics. This talk is extremely informative, relevant, and highly recommended. One can add to that assessment the word important. Very impressive… Rating: five stars.
(Thank you to RichardDWolff at YouTube)