CounterPunch Radio – Richard Wolff (Ep. 40)

May 9, 2016 at 3:33 PM

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Listen to Richard Wolff on CounterPunch Radio hosted by Eric Draitser 

This week Eric sits down with economist Richard Wolff to discuss capitalism, its inefficiencies, and its discontents. They examine how the US and European economies have evolved in the era of neoliberalism, how financialization has pervaded every aspect of our economic lives, and how debt has become the central pillar of modern capitalism’s house of cards. Eric and Richard also focus on solutions to the crisis of capitalism including the need for cooperative, worker self-directed enterprises and the democratization of the workplace. Putting the means of production in the hands of workers is no fantasy, but rather increasingly seems to be an absolute necessity.

Musical interlude: Ali Farka Toure – “Soya”

How the US Wields ISIS as a Political Weapon

May 9, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (May 6, 2016) on the use of ISIS by the United States as a convenient pretext to further its political agenda. Draitser explains the long, sordid history of US cooperation with terror groups, and its use of terrorism as a weapon both in war and politics. He notes that US policy has directly and indirectly led to the development of ISIS, and that the US bears responsibility for its atrocities.

The Empire’s War on Latin America: Wall Street, Washington, and the Neoliberal Conspiracy

May 3, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his analysis (May 1, 2016) of the ongoing destabilization of Latin America by right wing forces and their patrons in the US. Draitser provides the important background on the soft coup in Brazil, and how it is connected to finance capital whose puppet in Argentina, Mauricio Macri, is acting as de facto representative of Wall Street in Latin America. Want to know how Hillary Clinton, Wall Street, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are connected to the developments in Latin America? Listen to Eric’s hour long conversation with broadcaster Don DeBare.

US-NATO Provocation of Russia Risks World War

May 3, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (April 30, 2016) on the intercept of the US aircraft near Russian airspace. Draitser explains that this is only the latest in a series of provocations that should be understood as part of the 25 year project of NATO expansion which seeks to dominate Russia in Eastern Europe. He notes that US policy vis-a-vis Russia is incredibly dangerous as it risks provoking WWIII either intentionally or by mistake.

Libya, ISIS, and the US-NATO Agenda

May 3, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (April 25, 2016) on the latest talks between the leaders of the US, UK, Germany, Italy, and France, and what this means for the future of Libya. Draitser explains the role of terrorism in the war on Libya, and how it is shaping politics in that country today. He also outlines why the Western powers were so hellbent on removing Gaddafi and bringing regime change to Libya, as well as the larger geopolitical context necessary for understanding US motives today. Lots more is covered in this information-packed 16 minutes.