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On today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how FTX, which was among the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has collapsed in one of the most spectacular corporate bankruptcies ever. In other tech-related industries too, mass layoffs continue to gather pace. The boom-bust cycle of capitalism is once again on full disp…
 
This weekend, Brian spoke at the "The Real Path to Peace in Ukraine" event in NYC, which inaugurated a new, multi-national, grassroots movement to advocate for the end to the current war in Ukraine. He spoke about the need for negotiations in Ukraine over escalation.To see the whole program, including Former Green Party Presidential Nominee Jill St…
 
This weekend, Brian spoke at the "The Real Path to Peace in Ukraine" event in NYC, which inaugurated a new, multi-national, grassroots movement to advocate for the end to the current war in Ukraine. He spoke about the need for negotiations in Ukraine over escalation. To see the whole program, including Former Green Party Presidential Nominee Jill S…
 
Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he’s running for president again, despite only delivering a “red trickle” in the midterm elections and losing the presidency by seven million votes in 2020. What was his real record in office?Brian is joined by Eugene Puryear, an author, activist, and co-host with Rania Khalek of The Freedom Side LIVE, a live …
 
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the mass layoffs that billionaire CEOs at Meta (formerly Facebook), Twitter, Amazon, and others have begun. More than one hundred thousand workers are projected to lose their jobs this year just in the tech industry.Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democra…
 
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the mass layoffs that billionaire CEOs at Meta (formerly Facebook), Twitter, Amazon, and others have begun. More than one hundred thousand workers are projected to lose their jobs this year just in the tech industry. Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democr…
 
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian discusses why the widely predicted Republican red wave became a trickle and what it means for organizing and answers questions about the anti-war movement, the Ukraine war, China's relationship with Cuba, and more.Check out the preview now and subscribe at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram to hear the rest!…
 
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian discusses why the widely predicted Republican red wave became a trickle and what it means for organizing and answers questions about the anti-war movement, the Ukraine war, China's relationship with Cuba, and more. Check out the preview now and subscribe at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram to hear the rest!…
 
Brian is joined by investigative reporter Greg Palast, who wrote the film “Vigilantes: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitmen,” available at gregpalast.com.Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep brin…
 
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how huge numbers of people are being locked out of the housing market amid soaring interest rates and home prices, marking a dramatic reversal for millions of people who were hoping to buy their own home. With prices spiking for renters as well, the failure of the capitalist market …
 
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how huge numbers of people are being locked out of the housing market amid soaring interest rates and home prices, marking a dramatic reversal for millions of people who were hoping to buy their own home. With prices spiking for renters as well, the failure of the capitalist market …
 
The poll tax was eliminated within this lifetime, in 1966, but the right-wing in America has been hard at work reconstructing it with ID requirements, stripping people with convictions of the right to vote, and even arresting people for voting. It's Election Day today and many people are heading to the polls in what may be a significant election. W…
 
The right-wing loves yelling, “We’re a republic, not a democracy!” Now they have a Supreme Court that agrees with them. The Court is about to hear Moore v. Harper, a gerrymandering case that will also take up the Electors Clause of the Constitution. The Republican legal argument, made famous by Trump’s 2020 legal team, is that state legislatures ca…
 
On today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how Elon Musk became the new owner of Twitter. The widely-hated billionaire immediately began to prepare layoffs, reportedly starting with the mass firing of a quarter of all employees at the company. Under the dictatorship of the rich, one of the main ways that people in society commu…
 
On today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how Elon Musk became the new owner of Twitter. The widely-hated billionaire immediately began to prepare layoffs, reportedly starting with the mass firing of a quarter of all employees at the company. Under the dictatorship of the rich, one of the main ways that people in society commu…
 
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian discusses the win of left Workers Party candidate & former president Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva over far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and the huge impact it will have in Brazil and in the region, Elon Musk ordering massive job cuts as he takes over Twitter, the US sending nuclear weapons to Europe, and more. C…
 
Massive protests in South Korea are demanding the end of right-wing President Yoon Suk-yeol's tenure. At the same time, the US and Japan are promising a major military escalation against North Korea.Brian is joined by K.J. Noh, a peace activist, organizer with Pivot to Peace, scholar on the geopolitics of Asia, and a frequent contributor to Counter…
 
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how demonization of China has gone into overdrive as the country chooses its new leadership, and how a key component of this has been increasingly strident advocacy for so-called “economic decoupling” from China. And in fact, just ahead of China’s Communist Party congress, the U.S. …
 
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how demonization of China has gone into overdrive as the country chooses its new leadership, and how a key component of this has been increasingly strident advocacy for so-called “economic decoupling” from China. And in fact, just ahead of China’s Communist Party congress, the U.S. …
 
As rents spike higher and higher, tent cities grow across the country, and eviction protections wear out, tenants are fed up and organizing.Nicole and Brian discuss the coming — and necessary — rent revolution.Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We…
 
The Communist Party of China is in its 20th Congress, a week-long meeting of 2,296 elected delegates from around the country in a nominations and voting process in which 95 million CPC members participated. The delegates set the priorities for China for the next five years.Brian and Tings Chak, researcher at the Tricontinental Institute for Social …
 
What would socialism look like in the United States—the richest country ever known yet 38 million people are hungry? Socialism would use that wealth and our development for the needs of the people, stop endless wars, and crush racism, sexism, and all forms of bigotry. A new book, "Socialist Reconstruction: A Better Future for the United States," de…
 
Russia has been hit by multiple major attacks, including sabotage in their Nordstream energy pipelines and the explosion on the Crimean Bridge. The bridge is a vital supply route to and from the peninsula with military supplies. Russia responded with missiles hitting Kiev. As NATO and Europe send further weapons and technology, the war is quickly e…
 
On today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the International Monetary Fund predicting a worse economy in 2023 and the illuminating comments from CEO Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase, the largest US investment bank. Bankers like Dimon and The Fed (made up of majority bankers) are pushing the economy toward the brink, despite the c…
 
On today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the International Monetary Fund predicting a worse economy in 2023 and the illuminating comments from CEO Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase, the largest US investment bank. Bankers like Dimon and The Fed (made up of majority bankers) are pushing the economy toward the brink, despite the c…
 
Russia hit Kyiv with missile strikes yesterday, in response to the attack that damaged the bridge to Crimea. The war in Ukraine is escalating—and the United States is cheering.Esther Iverem talks with Brian about the accelerating state of the war.Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community a…
 
Russia hit Kyiv with missile strikes yesterday, in response to the attack that damaged the bridge to Crimea. The war in Ukraine is escalating—and the United States is cheering. Esther Iverem talks with Brian about the accelerating state of the war. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community…
 
The United States has acknowledged almost 500 military interventions, listed in detail in a report by congressional researchers. More than 200 were just in the last 31 years, since the fall of the Soviet Union, representing a significant increase over the hundreds of years prior. What does this explain about the nature of capitalism, war, and imper…
 
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how Hurricane Ian has caused historic devastation throughout Florida, leaving over 100 dead and destroying homes and critical infrastructure. All of the extreme inequalities of the capitalist system are on display in the wake of this massive disaster.Professor Richard Wolff is an au…
 
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how Hurricane Ian has caused historic devastation throughout Florida, leaving over 100 dead and destroying homes and critical infrastructure. All of the extreme inequalities of the capitalist system are on display in the wake of this massive disaster. Professor Richard Wolff is an a…
 
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian analyzes Secretary of State Blinken's gloating about the Nordstream pipeline explosion and what this tells us, what is needed for a big anti-war mobilization, and how to effectively provide mutual aid. He also talks about Brazil's presidential election, with popular left candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva winnin…
 
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian analyzes Secretary of State Blinken's gloating about the Nordstream pipeline explosion and what this tells us, what is needed for a big anti-war mobilization, and how to effectively provide mutual aid. He also talks about Brazil's presidential election, with popular left candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva winnin…
 
Two of the biggest world powers, Russia and China, have formed an alliance based on common interest, despite a very complex history. Seven months into the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, what is the state of the relationship?Brian is joined by Marco Fernandes, researcher with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, member of Dongsh…
 
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how the Federal Reserve’s relentless campaign to raise interest rates is having profound consequences not just in the United States, but around the world. As rates rise in the United States, the value of other currencies is plummeting, intensifying inflation and a whole host of othe…
 
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how the Federal Reserve’s relentless campaign to raise interest rates is having profound consequences not just in the United States, but around the world. As rates rise in the United States, the value of other currencies is plummeting, intensifying inflation and a whole host of othe…
 
The far right is on the move, installing themselves in key places throughout the election infrastructure of the country. States are considering further attacks, like eliminating early voting, after Republicans have spent decades filling the state legislatures. These attacks are racist, undemocratic, and coming to a head this November.Brian is joine…
 
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