Economic Update: Transition Beyond Capitalism

Welcome friends to another edition of
Economic Update, a weekly program devoted to the economic dimensions of our lives,
jobs, incomes, debts, those of our children, and those looming down the road
facing us. I’m your host Richard Wolff. I’ve been a
Professor of Economics all my adult life, and I’m trying to use that history to
bring this program to you in a way that keeps you up to date about what’s
happening in the economy we live in and depend on. Let me jump right in by
telling you a story about the New York Times and it’s receipt of a leaked
document. This happens a lot when government officials, upset by what their
own government is doing, decide it’s time for the public to know and they find a
friendly reporter and give him or her the documents in question so that we all
get to see and hear what’s going on and what happened recently was that a agency
inside the Trump government was commissioned to look at the costs and
benefits of letting refugees and immigrants into the United States over
the last 10 years. The report shows crystal clearly that these folks over
the last ten years contributed 63 billion dollars – they even came up with a
number like that – more in the productivity of their labor in the taxes
they paid and so on then they cost the United States so they were clearly a net
economic gain this of course is not the message that Trump administration wishes
to propose so immediately they denounced the leak rather than dealing with the
substance of the issue and in particular a close advisor to mr. Trump one Stephen
Miller went so far as to offer alternative facts reminding me that
whilst statistics don’t lie. statisticians can and do. Here we go: what
did mr. Miller propose? He said we should be looking
at the difference in cost to the American economy of new immigrants
refugees on the one hand and Native Americans who are immigrants,
but just live here and work here on the other hand. This is silly.
Always refugees and immigrants to the first two or three or four years that
they’re here cost all kinds of things because that’s the time it takes to
adjust to a new language a new culture a new home a new region a new job and all
the rest so the appropriate comparison isn’t the first three or four years of
an immigrant or a refugee but it’s a question of a long term situation in
which yes there are costs in the beginning as with all investments and
then payoffs over time as with all investments but you know if you want to
make a point and you don’t want to be too careful about how you support it you
do what mr. Miller and the Trump administration have done when you’re
embarrassed by a document that shows that indeed letting folks into the
country which United States has done from its earliest days is a long-term
economic payoff well I want to add a few points because this issue of immigration
does not go away mr. Trump is determined to use it as a scapegoat issue a
distraction to face a hard reality he cannot afford to tax wealthy people and
corporations because they are the only financial support he and his candidacy
and his presidency have so he needs to pander to them he cannot raise the taxes
on corporations and the rich despite the fact that they have done the best over
the last 40 years compared with the 99% of the rest of us so if he isn’t going
to do something about that having run on the presumption that he might scapegoats
are useful and immigrants is a way to focus people on issues that take them
away but that has costs. I’m not talking about the moral or the
political costs it is after all bizarre in the world we live in today to have a
country the United States bombing six or seven other countries but not be willing
to take the refugees who run away from the bombing and feel some obligation in
this situation it’s it’s rather odd but I’m not gonna talk about that well I
want to talk about the economics of it and there are several millions of people
coming in here creates a demand for housing for schooling for goods and
services that boost an economy we’re losing that if we get rid of these
people that has to be faced and there are many other costs if I had more time
I would go into them a recent report indicates that California’s agriculture
is seriously impacted by a shortage of Labor they can’t get the people to
harvest the vegetables they can’t get the people to do the hard work and here
comes something that should surprise nobody Americans are not Native
Americans I’m talking about are not that eager to have jobs that pay as poorly as
those agricultural jobs do and we’re facing higher food prices we’re facing
higher food imports which may make this country dependent on food we have all
kinds of consequences that are not being taken into account because it’s
politically expedient to make immigrants a scapegoat I want to turn next to the
issue of the BRICS countries B R I C S if you’re not familiar let me tell you
what that stands for B is for Brazil R is for Russia I is for
India C is for China and S is for South Africa these five countries are now kind
of Middle economically developing countries they’re not quite as rich yet
as North America Western Europe and Japan but they’re rapidly catching up
and in some cases overtaking those parts of the world they are a very important
block of Nations and they have all kinds of
agreements amongst themselves and they’re welding all kinds of diplomatic
relationships. I want to put into context how important they’ve become and then
tell you why it matters. So I’m going to compare over the last 20 years so I’m
comparing 1997 with 2017 that’s a 20-year gap and I want to talk about the
share of global output of goods and services that word achieved by the
United States in 1997 compared to what the contribution was of all five of the
BRICS nations in 1997 the United States accounted for 23 percent of world output
of goods and services and the BRICS altogether 15 point 4 percent so the
United States alone was a much bigger player in the world economy in 1997 than
all five of the BRICS countries what has happened in the 20 years to our 2017 the
United States share of the world economy 18.2% it’s dropped three percentage
points from what it was 20 years ago and the BRICS they are now 30.4% those five
countries doubled their importance in the world economy well here’s why it
matters sooner or later the bigger the chunk of the world economy you account
for the bigger your footprint on what happens in the world the bigger your
influence the bigger your power the power of the United States is shrinking
and the power of alternatives alternative countries alternative blocks
of countries and above all of the BRICS is zooming now most of that is accounted
for by China but nonetheless it is something that binds those five
countries together and it tells you something about how the world is
changing after all 300 years ago when capitalism took off in England North
Western Europe North America and so on those parts of the world which were
relatively minor players in world history became the dominant
players the British Empire the American Empire and so on and that’s when their
share of global output mushroomed now that their share is shrinking and that
of other players is what’s mushrooming then the future looks like it belongs to
them and that puts into a very scary context but my job is not to make
believe for that you can watch other programs but to make it harsh and clear
it is therefore interesting that the United States is busy around the world
militarily and makes one wonder are we flashing our military power and
predominance because the economic foundation isn’t there for it anymore
something to think about when we confront military adventures abroad my
next update is a very little story but in a way a monstrous one it has to do
with the closing or the privatization we have both of them of public libraries in
cities and towns across the United States it is becoming a scary comment
it’s another kind of shrinking of your economic footprint when you don’t have
the resources or to be more accurate you don’t make available the resources so
that every city in town has what for a hundred years we’ve prided ourselves
having a place where young people and old people can go and get books and
tapes and avail themselves of the cultural products of this society in a
free public library what’s happening is the following cities and towns are
strapped for money that goes back to what I said before unwillingness
politically to tax the wealth where it is and to tax the high incomes where
they are now that we have one of the most unequal economic systems in the
world today we can’t seem to get that tax support from those who have it most
those from whom if it were taken would affect their lives the least so we have
to cut back because we don’t tax and one place we seem to think it’s appropriate
is the Public Library so recently what came to my mind was Escondido California
little town I read in the San Diego union-tribune back in August the
struggle of that village in town to hold on to its public library there had been
an effort to shift it to a private company quite notorious called library
systems and services LS and S sometimes called LSSI it now runs about 80 public
libraries across the United States where it has succeeded by going into the town
and saying well you don’t want to spend money on your public library because you
don’t have the money you don’t have the taxes you’re unwilling or unable to go
get the taxes from the people who could give it to you so here’s what you do let
us run the library you won’t have to pay for it and we’ll run it and we will make
a profit off of it because we’re so terribly efficient well this is the old
story of what we call privatization this endless effort of private companies to
make money by taking over what the community what the public authorities
have been doing for us often quite nicely thank you for a hundred plus
years as for example public libraries it turns out and there’s lots of
information about this particularly again the New York Times has been very
useful in revealing this they’ve been stories in The Huffington Post and
elsewhere what they do is they get rid of unionized employees and hire
non-union employees paying them much less they’re not accountable to the
community because it’s now a private enterprise that runs the library the
hours get cut the services get reduced you know making money, profit
the bottom line and all the rest of it and the hope is nothing happens because
the town leaders are so happy they don’t have to pay for public libraries it’s a
movement that’s happening across the country it takes such extremes that in
San Juan Texas the community did it and then after a few years undid it and
found it was better off staying with the public library than with the private one
it’s an extraordinary comment you know it’s a kind of fundamentalism and
economics to believe that doing something with private enterprise is
always unnecessarily more efficient than doing it with public enterprise there’s
absolutely no evidence from the economics profession which studies this
question that that’s true for every example and there are where a private
enterprise has done something more efficiently than a public one there’s a
counter example of the reverse and there you are you’re stuck with it turns out
it’s probably a better idea to wonder and look at whether any particular
activity that a community wants is better handled in a public way or a
private way there are good reasons why we don’t have anything other than a
public fire department and public schools and well we used to have public
schools madam Davos is trying to undo that but
don’t look like she’s gonna make it we have all kinds of public services our
parks our army our police it’s very interesting we’ve decided to do it but
we seem to need to give lip service to the idea that the private is somehow
better every day the newspapers are full of what private entrepreneurs have done
and they’ve done a lot of criminal activity a lot of stealing a lot of
misrepresentation let’s remember all the things we’ve read in the last 12 months
about car companies and banks and all the rest of it to think that a private
enterprise is the way to go always and that is a kind of unthinking promotion
of the private sector I don’t mind you promoting it but don’t
pretend that there’s much else that’s before I turn to the next economic
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International Labour Organization a product of the United Nations that’s
been around now since that time after World War 2 together with the walk free
foundation and the International Organization for Migration has just
completed a study in September of this year of slavery in the world it was the
response to discoveries by news and other organizations that there are
plenty of examples of slavery in the world today
long after the world thought it had abolished this system in the world and
so they’ve released studies these year this year studies were released during
the United Nations General Assembly back in September and they show that for
million people around the world are victims of modern slavery in the year
2016 they also added because they thought people would be interested the
estimate that approximately 152 million children aged between 5 and 17 years of
age were subject to child labor this is extraordinary in this day and age and I
wanted to tell you a little bit about it the new estimates show that women and
girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery accounting for almost 29
million or 71 percent of the overall total of slaves women represent 99
percent of the victims of forced labor in the commercial sex industry and 84
percent of forced marriages indeed sex work and forced marriages are the form
that slavery takes more than anything any other single thing child labor
remains concentrated primarily in agriculture 71 percent one in five child
laborers work in the service sector and twelve percent of child laborers work in
industry a number of companies were identified in recent news reports as
using slavery often called by other names and one of them struck me because
of American history the phrase indentured immigrant indentured servant
this is an old thing that was very important in the colonial history of the
United States a person who wanted to leave Europe and come to the United
States but lack the money to pay for the cost of the trip would engage in the
following in exchange for getting the money or a ticket to travel on a boat to
come to the Western Hemisphere they would agree to work for seven years
typically for an employer the person who fronted the money to pay for the ticket
in the course of working for seven years effectively as a slave you could not
escape from this contract you were effectively forced to work off
many times the cost of that ticket it was a ripoff akin to and close enough to
slavery to be included well it turns out that for example the tie in Thailand the
Thai food giant’s EP foods which is a major producer and deliverer of prawns
and shrimps around the world was identified by the national by the
Guardian newspaper in England as having been a primary supplier to among other
companies Walmart so if you think you’re not touched by slavery in the world
today think again next time you eat that shrimp cocktail it is something that we
have a world in which we see a variety of problems that we claim to be
addressing but this one remains far below the radar unless and until it’s
talked about publicly and openly which is the point and purpose of what I have
brought to your attention this morning and this afternoon
depending on when you hear or see this program the next update has to do with
an enormous issue which deserves much more time than what I can give to it at
this particular moment but I wanted to bring to your attention a story in The
Financial Times a major global economic newspaper that I use quite often and
this recent story was about the so called gig economy this lovely phrase
that makes it sound almost exciting this new way of arranging work contracts
where instead of coming to work 9:00 to 5:00 every week under a contract for a
year of your labor or several years of your labor where you know what you’re
going to be doing and you know when it’s gonna be and you know the conditions and
that’s been agreed to by you or your union on the one hand and the employer
on the other instead of all that we have work that is temporary work that is
precarious work that is maybe there or maybe not
maybe two hours today and 6:00 tomorrow and maybe three on Saturday but maybe
not maybe Friday will tell you we don’t need you on Saturday but you need you on
Sunday all of the rest and of course major players in this gig economy are
things like uber and deliver Roo and many of these other companies that
specialize in an arrangement that does what well it does many things but the
one I want to focus on today is in a way a very old issue it turns out that uber
drivers and Deliver rule workers and many others in the so-called gig economy
are spending many many hours working way beyond the eight-hour day that
generations of workers in the history of capitalism fought for the limit to the
working day because of the intrinsic way in which capitalists competing with one
another see the profit in getting workers to work another half hour in
getting the length of the lunch break to be reduced in getting the number of
breaks to go to the bathroom to be limited in other words to lengthen the
working day for those of you who don’t remember back in the 18th and 19th
centuries the early centuries of capitalism the length of the working-day
for most people was 16 hours it was a fight to get it to 14 then to 12 the
history of England is inseparable from what was there called the struggle for
the 10 hour day and here in our own country the struggle was for the
eight-hour day and we’ve never gotten beyond that we have even now in the
United States on the books a law that says it’s an eight-hour day and if you
require a worker to stay longer a it has to be voluntary and B you have to pay
the worker time and a half you have to pay more for more than eight hours
because eight hours was what it was assumed to be minimally healthy for a
human being physically healthy psychologically healthy not to be made
to work immense long hours of the day an early joke in British capitalism back in
the 18th century was that in Britain with a new capitalism that was taking
over the beds and never get warm you know what that meant it meant that
the exhausted worker coming home after 14 to 16 hours of labour fell into the
bed that was previously occupied by another member of the family who was
leaving to go do that kind of a shift of work my point is it was a struggle for a
hundred to two hundred years under capitalism to limit the length of the
working-day what the gig economy does is to undo those limits under the heading
of everybody should be free to do all of this language by the way the old
language of bit of capitalists was you shouldn’t limit our working day because
what we as capitalists do is the efficient way to organize things and
it’ll hurt our profits and that will hurt our ability to offer jobs you get
the old picture it’s really the same stuff recycled all over again
well that was ignored by the mass of people after years of suffering
back-breaking labor for unbelievable number of hours we fought as a nation
for the laws that now exist limiting us to an eight-hour day what the gig
economy does is give capitalists a new way to go backwards historically to once
again see people working 12 10 12 14 16 hours a day in order to make a living
under the conditions being provided the basic message the gig economy is an
attempt to get around the limits of an eight-hour working day without having to
pay the price or even to face the music that that’s what you’re doing
fancy words fancy words it reminds me of a few years ago when Americans beginning
to feel the pinch of a declining capitalist economy found it harder and
harder to afford hamburger meat and so capitalism introduced us to Hamburger
Helper green what poor people around the world eat but we were going to consider
it the helper to the now absent hamburger and we’re supposed to feel
somehow compensated we’ve come to the end of the first half of economic update
I hope you found these discussions interesting please stay with us we will
be right back after a very short musical interruption you

63 thoughts on “Economic Update: Transition Beyond Capitalism

  1. Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff is available at no cost to public access and non-profit community stations! Contact your local public access station and let them know you would like to add Economic Update to their programming. Let us know if you've reached out: info(a)

  2. Trump is the Anti Christ, the "Man of Sin" in Paul the Apostle's Second Epistle to the Thessalonians. Trump has done everything God forbids with women, lies daily, make false promises, kills the sick, is busy starting wars and on top of that we all know Matthew 19:23: "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God".

  3. I would be willing to bet a wall street syncophant wrote the postitive report. I say this because I don't believe that letting in millions of people into our economically depressed nation could possibly be a good thing for citizens. Logic would probably show that more people equals more competition for dwindling resources. Do you want to pay higher rent? Do you want to pay more for groceries? Do you want to take more time finding a parking spot? Do you want more people applying for the same job? Only wall street benefits from more competition and more consumption. It would be a bit better if everything consumed were made here but, obviously that is no longer the case. I am sure Walmart is happy to welcome more legal and illegal immigrants.

  4. I worked a couple years for Caviar food delivery. I was working literally all day every day to survive and they still cut the pay.

  5. I guarantee you if you ask the indigenous people they'll tell you it's not been a payoff at all but a genocide of their way of life-people. Just think if people from India/China alone could come here like you say you know hundreds of millions would wouldn't they & our infrastructure is already falling apart=no clean water, a power grid which wastes/pollutes horribly & which could fail at any moment the list goes on & on & you pretend more people here is a good idea. I don't pretend to tell other countries to lessen or increase their population but to send them into other countries isn't good for anyone it's a massive brain drain & if it isn' then it's a stupefying of people abroad while creating constant Hunger Games situations for people you don't seem to be so concerned about. If we have resources to help people for a few years who show up as refugees why are children going to bed hungry, why are schools falling apart, why are food stamps not enough to eat real non GMO=healthy food to keep people from being sick. You do math buddy stop pretending the truth doesn't exist & work to building a country which CAN actually do what you suggest as for right now NO we cannot our own house is falling apart & you suggest this horse shit I expect more from you. Solutions=striking at the root not grabbing low hanging fruit while everything goes to shit.

  6. "In the course of evolution nature has gone to endless trouble to see that every individual is unlike every other individual… Physically and mentally, each one of us is unique. Any culture which, in the interests of efficiency or in the name of some political or religious dogma, seeks to standardize the human individual, commits an outrage against man's biological nature." — Aldous Huxley

    If you want to take away funding for the cartels, take away their money.
    "The role of the government is to protect the drug cartels." — Milton Friedman

    Addiction is a myth, but you have to find that out own your own. Nobody wants guns, drugs, capitalism, khakis… these are all things being forced at us. Oh yeah, and 911 was an inside job, and drugs will never go away.

    "What's really important is human capital." — Milton Friedman
    You don't want quotes from Richard Thaler coming out next. Dictator game and behavioral economics isn't new, just different forms of other things like John Nash and F… You, Buddy. We need real solutions, not just another shift in topic, and it isn't just my opinion.
    A negative income tax is my decision, as well as pharmacological freedom.

  7. The Gig Economy sucks. I work in the Gig Economy, and it is really unstable. The cost of having full time workers is expensive. Employers bypassed that by reducing most of their workers to part time workers and independent contractors. Instead of having one job that gives you 40 hours a week, most people have 2 or more part time jobs. As a result, I work more than 60 hours a week or less than 40 hours in some weeks. This way, they don't have to pay your health insurance, and other benefits. You have to pay for your own health insurance. That is the reality now.

  8. You said "Native Americans" to describe Americans who are citizens. That was, probably not the best way to describe non-immigrant/documented Americans.

  9. Who are the bigger theif's, public enterprises or government enterprises? I can't tell the difference. Also, there are enough people here in the USA already.

  10. Professor Wolff's films and lectures are insightful. The title says 'Transition Beyond Capitalism' but the show does not discuss this at all.

  11. Thanks for producing this video. Times are tough, and getting tougher, dumb is the new smart and evil is the new good. It is amazing to see Prof. W still spreading wisdom to those willing to listen. The noblest of efforts, however, we saw countries like Nazi Germany go down this path, and there was no way to correct them. I fear America is already spiraling down a bowl that has been flushed hard and repeatedly. Godspeed Americans, our own ignorance has led to our Doom!

  12. You should discover deficit owls on youtube because you seem to think that the governemnt needs to tax in order to spend but it does not need to do this and never does. The government can spend as much as it likes in it's own currency which it can never run out of. as the dollar is a man made social contract..

  13. "For those of you that don't remember, back in the 18th and 19th century…" Brilliant : ). Thanks once again Mr Wolff for your clear and precise work exposing and against injustice.

  14. As far as hamburger, that is a very toxic food as is all meat, dairy products, fish, eggs, oil. You should eat whole starchy staples, vegetables, some fruit.

  15. Wow many thanks Pro. Wolff, now we know in old times capitalism were PURE EVIL! Working 16 hours a day for factory workers!!!??? No warm beds??? That's murder!!! God forbids that!!!

  16. Thank you all at Democracry at Work. This weekly update is really a news source I trust. And in the world we live today, that means a LOT

  17. Thank you Prof. Wolff for this program, it is a valuable part of my efforts to be informed on what is going on in my country and the world.
    I would like to tell you that I live in a country which used to be a social paradise compared to most other countries; Austria. Here we have universal health care, and what is called the social partnership, an agreement between industry, unions and the government. It worked well for many, many years but has, over the past decade or so, been losing ground steadily. Publicly owned institutions, like the Post Office, the trains, water works and energy production have been partly or entirely privatised. Unions weakened by selling off public functions to private corporations and the like. The election yesterday of the conservative "Volkspartei" Kurz,, indicates to me that this wrongheaded policy will continue. Part of their program has been the anti-immgrant rhetoric and the mantra that private is better than public. If I was 20 years younger, I would probably move on, but as it is, I fear I'll be watching the disintegration of Austria in person, while seeing the collapse of America on TV.
    Once again, thank you for all you do to educate and inform the public.

  18. Private Public Libraries – just another scheme like the Charters Schools – designed by and for hedge funds – to transfer wealth to those that benefit from the NMTC – New Markets Tax Credit. Check it out – but sorry this investment is only available to accredited investors (rich people). It's a brilliant skim – investors double their money in 7 years – investment guaranteed by contract through local real estate taxes plus a 39% federal tax credit. Sure the quality of the library will go down because half the towns payments go to investors profit, but by the time the public figures it all out – the investors are made happy as hell.

  19. The end of the US mega military will not come by some war or attack, but by the cost of it. At some point the US economy will shrink so far that it cant support such a huge military anymore. The only reason they can do that now is because everybody else keeps the dollar up. Which is likely the reason why America is so close to the Saudis, imagine the Opec would decide to use the Euro for oil exports instead of the Dollar.

  20. i love this and watch it every upload. one piece of constructive criticism, im a disabled vet and im hard of hearing, is there anyway you could make this slightly louder…if this is possible i would appreciate it

  21. Techinical feedback: I can barely hear Prof. Wolff. Can you please increase the volume of these wonderful lecture productions? Thank you.

  22. how can Brazil be part of any group of anything? its a fucked up shithole, I don't care what the fucking graphs and tables show its not real

  23. Folks, can you please normalize the audio in your videos? The intro music is blaringly loud with my normal volume settings and when I dial it down so my neighbors stop banging the wall I can hardly understand Mr. Wolff a few seconds later.

  24. Folks, someone at the "cutting table", the pc used for recording or later for mixing the effects and whatnot, is playing with the mousepointer in the recording. It's buzzing around the screen every now and then. VERY annoying. Get rid of that, please.

  25. We can't have an agricultural industry that depends on deep poverty and desperate people to function. If the billion dollar corporations who own the farms pay enough they will get workers even if the work is hard. Building an industry that depends on deep poverty is not how any society that claims to be civilized should be doing.

  26. Hey, you guys should someone rap on you intro music, eh? Why not….it's a rap music intro. I"m sure there are thousands of good rappers who could do this for you.

  27. Inheritance Tax Is Good For America!
    Note: to All You brainless followers, poor Republicans and dumb (DUMB!) poor Libertarians: Even a moron can understand that Taxes are simply the price of admission into any civil society!
    Also, Winning the Lottery does not magically entitle You to shirk your patriotic civic duty to pay your fair share of Tax monies needed to maintain Our Great Country. And I certainly don't want to get stuck paying for any stupid Lottery Winner's share of Taxes, even if they use corrupt Lobbyist tricks to make it appear "legal" and corruptly avoid paying their fair share of Our Nation's taxes.
    ** Inheriting a fortune is Not (NOT!) "EARNING" ANYthing; inheriting a fortune is nothing more than winning the genetic Lottery. Why should some self entitled snotty rich brats who may have never worked a day in their lives and win the lottery (inherit a fortune) get a Free Ride at EVERYONE else's expense and be allowed to skip paying their share of Our Nation's taxes? ,

  28. Richard Wolff's work is immensely important now more than ever. His employment of common speech in lieu of academic jargon is renders his work accessible to the mass of people. I would love to see Wolff author a primer on Marxian economics for common folks. Thank you Professor Wolff and the Economic Update and Democracy at Work Team.

  29. " …African countries and their politics are often used and weaponized when making points about imperialism, or China, but never in conversation about the country itself. The lessons we can learn from them and the need to bring attention to their plight are seen as less important, placed lower on the hierarchy of oppression." …… This is from "Truthout" ….. We hope that D. Wolff would pay some attention to Africa and third world economics and their impact on western economics & politics .

  30. MR RICHARD D WOLF you are one of my top 5 sources of information worldwide about economics and that's why I would like to know if you can please please give me your thoughts about the propositions of this person who can become the next MEXICAN president in 2018, please your opinion is very important for Mexican people thank you very much ▶️▶️

  31. The point made about the U.S. military build up at the same time as economic decline is very interesting. I'm curious if you see parallels between the United States now Soviet Union during their decline as they also increased military spend at the expense of social, consumer, and economic programs?

  32. Many do not think they can change this system they think they are trapped in, the problem is not thinking outside the box they put you in, yes you can, you can even do this without becoming a target, not being pepper sprayed, you can do it in a way they do not expect or are ready for, the only problem would be just a few doing it, if you get atleast 60% to 70% you could change everything within a few weeks or a few months, you just have to prepare to ride it out, save your next 3 tax refunds, do not spend it, save it, but cheap survival foods that will last you, after an agreed time, you do nothing different, you keep going to work, you buy nothing except your gas, rent and utilities, save the rest, when the stock market hits bottom, buy stock pennies on the dollar for the company you work for, you will drain the system from both ends if you do this, you can be in control, but do not stop till your demands are met, if employees own the most stock you are in the end the boss!

  33. I feel that if you would spend your time figuring out how to make the transition you think should happen and less time demonizing people for what has already happened you would sound a lot more rational.

  34. The gig economy would make sense if the pay was about double. Sometimes I wonder if capitalism is working or if we are just suckers getting ripped off. Why can capitalism fail to produce lower end starter housing, which the market is demanding???

  35. The argument you make about illegal immigrants, lets use that logic on housing: eliminate all safety standards and regulations to drive prices down for substandard product. How about everything else too? How ghetto do you wanna make this country? And you fail to acknowledge most of the points against an invasion of illegals, namely sexual assault issues and the fact that they contribute greatly to the housing shortage because natives can't compete against people who have 15 roommates. Not to mention, these illegal SLAVES don't know how to speak up for themselves when it comes to the govt and corps screwing us in the asshole. They just take it.

  36. The one thing the lefties drop the ball on, is going at the meat of the housing shortage. They wanna talk about dozens of other issues before they every even mention the #1 issue that affects most people. From young to old. On so many levels and facets. Because they can't solve the problem that's why!!! Nancy Pelosi & Elizabeth Warren and all their buddies are getting rich off real estate!!! As we wallow in muddy filth, lapping up their false promises like bacon drippings off the floor.

  37. For anyone that takes this serious, well, uhhh, no. Prices dictate scarcity and mobilization of energy's. You can't "plan" economies dude:

  38. any one know where i can watch the second half of this episode? i was waiting for 28:22 main- topic but then realized video is only 28:21 long, tried searching youtube but didnt show up here

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