Capitalism and Its Discontents, a 5 part series, delves into the roots of the crisis gripping the economies of the Global North and South -- and the political upheaval it has spawned, from Iceland to Brazil.
Doug Henwood talks about the US economic stimulus package. Ian Bone talks about how the crisis is affecting the UK, where wildcat strikes have erupted in recent weeks. And political economist David McNally talks about the roots of the slump.
A look at the state of welfare in the US in the midst of recession with Frances Fox Piven. Salvatore Engel-DiMauro speaks about the International Monetary Fund's massive bailout of the Hungarian economy. And Patrick Bond talks about how the economic crisis has affected South Africa and the Global South.
A look at social ferment in France, in the wake of a general strike. Andrej Grubacic talks about the World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil. And radical geographer Richard Walker speaks about getting a handle on finance capital in the midst of the crisis. With host Sasha Lilley.
Hauker Mar Helgason talks about the protests which brought down the government of Iceland. A look at the boom and bust in global food prices with Eric Holt Gimenez. George Katsiaficas talks about how South Korea and East Asia are weathering the current slump. And Canadian political economist Leo Panitch speaks about the role of the state under economic liberalization and whether the global crisis will strengthen the US as an imperial power.
Labor scholar Janice Fine talks about the prospects for union organization in this country in the midst of recession. A look at activist efforts to prevent owners and tenants from being evicted from foreclosed homes with Gifford Hartmann and Gerard Jamin. Economist Matias Vernengo speaks about how the economies of Latin America are faring. Joel Kovel talks about the dangers of rightwing resurgence during times of economic ferment, while Barbara Epstein discusses what ingredients tend to generate social movements of the Left in such times.
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