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Brian and Prof. Ken Hammond discuss U.S.-China relations, China’s role in Africa and the new Cold War. In a stunning display of hypocrisy, western powers are decrying China for alleged “colonialism” in Africa. What is the true nature of China’s economic and diplomatic engagement with the continent, and how does the corporate media try to twist real…
 
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how the Omicron variant is causing panic in global financial markets, with huge stock sell-offs taking place worldwide. What can we learn about how different countries have handled the pandemic, and the radically different outcomes they produced?Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-found…
 
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how the Omicron variant is causing panic in global financial markets, with huge stock sell-offs taking place worldwide. What can we learn about how different countries have handled the pandemic, and the radically different outcomes they produced? Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-foun…
 
In this November 2021 patrons-only seminar, Brian and the crew discuss the big picture of global class struggle and its history, the movement for justice in the U.S. where the national question is central, and how a revolution is possible in the U.S., how socialism can be built in the U.S. and how it is being built in countries like China, as well …
 
In this November 2021 patrons-only seminar, Brian and the crew discuss the big picture of global class struggle and its history, the movement for justice in the U.S. where the national question is central, and how a revolution is possible in the U.S., how socialism can be built in the U.S. and how it is being built in countries like China, as well …
 
On today's In the News roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how the three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery have been convicted of murder in a major victory for the struggle against racism, but at the same time the Rittenhouse verdict reveals a grave danger. They also discuss the emergence of the Omicron…
 
On today's In the News roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how the three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery have been convicted of murder in a major victory for the struggle against racism, but at the same time the Rittenhouse verdict reveals a grave danger. They also discuss the emergence of the Omicron…
 
Karl Marx wrote in Capital that capitalism came into the world “dripping from head to foot, from every pore, with blood and dirt.” The Thanksgiving holiday is built around an insidious and false creation myth -- that the so-called “settling” of North America was a peaceful and amicable process. But in reality, the genocidal expansion of colonialism…
 
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the Biden administration's announcement that Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell would be renominated for a second term. Powell, a former finance capitalist who has headed the Fed since 2018, was the Wall Street favorite for the job. What role has Powell played in the management …
 
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the Biden administration's announcement that Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell would be renominated for a second term. Powell, a former finance capitalist who has headed the Fed since 2018, was the Wall Street favorite for the job. What role has Powell played in the management …
 
On today's In the News roundtable, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how the menace of racist vigilante violence received a dramatic boost by the U.S. court system with the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges. They also discuss how protesters took to the streets in outraged response to the verdict, the victory of p…
 
On today's In the News roundtable, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how the menace of racist vigilante violence received a dramatic boost by the U.S. court system with the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges. They also discuss how protesters took to the streets in outraged response to the verdict, the victory of p…
 
How does the relentless U.S. war machine sell its operations to the public? Dr. Nazia Kazi, an activist and professor of Anthropology at Stockton University, explains how the managers of the U.S. empire foment Islamophobia and other racist ideas at home as an integral part of waging war abroad. Dr. Kazi challenges theories of racism that ignore U.S…
 
How does the relentless U.S. war machine sell its operations to the public? Dr. Nazia Kazi, an activist and professor of Anthropology at Stockton University, explains how the managers of the U.S. empire foment Islamophobia and other racist ideas at home as an integral part of waging war abroad. Dr. Kazi challenges theories of racism that ignore U.S…
 
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the steepest rise in prices in the last 30 years, which has set off alarm bells and handed politicians like Joe Manchin a convenient excuse to deepen their opposition to pro-worker social programs. Where does inflation come from in a capitalist economy? What effect does it have on the working…
 
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the steepest rise in prices in the last 30 years, which has set off alarm bells and handed politicians like Joe Manchin a convenient excuse to deepen their opposition to pro-worker social programs. Where does inflation come from in a capitalist economy? What effect does it have on the working…
 
On today's In the News roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss a newly-revealed US war crime in Syria that took the lives of over 60 civilians, causing shock and outrage around the world. They also discuss the trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and the killers of Ahmaud Arbery, CIA-orchestrated efforts to destab…
 
On today's In the News roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss a newly-revealed US war crime in Syria that took the lives of over 60 civilians, causing shock and outrage around the world. They also discuss the trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and the killers of Ahmaud Arbery, CIA-orchestrated efforts to destab…
 
Watch the video version on BreakThrough News here: https://youtu.be/WUHHe6h8iXkWhat could be the final effort to resuscitate the Iran nuclear deal will begin this month with negotiators meeting in Vienna. The United States, having violated and destroyed the deal under Trump, is now pushing for new concessions from Iran. This kind of arrogance is no…
 
Watch the video version on BreakThrough News here: https://youtu.be/WUHHe6h8iXk What could be the final effort to resuscitate the Iran nuclear deal will begin this month with negotiators meeting in Vienna. The United States, having violated and destroyed the deal under Trump, is now pushing for new concessions from Iran. This kind of arrogance is n…
 
On today's In the News roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how tens of thousands of people marched in Glasgow and all over the world last weekend, chanting “uproot the system!” and demanding the transformation of the world economy to combat the climate crisis. They also discuss developments with the …
 
On today's In the News roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how tens of thousands of people marched in Glasgow and all over the world last weekend, chanting “uproot the system!” and demanding the transformation of the world economy to combat the climate crisis. They also discuss developments with the …
 
Since 1959, the Cuban Revolution has been a main target of the CIA and the entire U.S. government. Before the Revolution, Cuba was a de facto colony or semi-colony of the United States. Today, efforts to carry out counter-revolution are intensifying. Cuba is in the crosshairs -- what’s at stake? Listen to our inaugural episode as part of BreakThrou…
 
Since 1959, the Cuban Revolution has been a main target of the CIA and the entire U.S. government. Before the Revolution, Cuba was a de facto colony or semi-colony of the United States. Today, efforts to carry out counter-revolution are intensifying. Cuba is in the crosshairs -- what’s at stake? Listen to our inaugural episode as part of BreakThrou…
 
World leaders are gathered in Glasgow, Scotland for a major United Nations conference on climate change. But beyond the false promises and hollow phrases, what will it really take to pull the planet back from the brink of total disaster? What can prevent the capitalists from killing the planet? Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of t…
 
World leaders are gathered in Glasgow, Scotland for a major United Nations conference on climate change. But beyond the false promises and hollow phrases, what will it really take to pull the planet back from the brink of total disaster? What can prevent the capitalists from killing the planet?Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of th…
 
On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss the Glasgow climate summit and Biden's capitulation to the right wing on his social program budget. The Glasgow summit is underway, and yet again the U.S. government has failed to meet the challenge -- coming up with only the woefully inade…
 
On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss the Glasgow climate summit and Biden's capitulation to the right wing on his social program budget. The Glasgow summit is underway, and yet again the U.S. government has failed to meet the challenge -- coming up with only the woefully inade…
 
In this October 2021 patrons-only seminar, Brian and the crew discuss the Biden administration's "Build Back Better" budget bill and answer a range of questions, from the efficacy of civil disobedience, to how to organize against the military industrial complex, and more. Check out the preview now and subscribe at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram to…
 
In this October 2021 patrons-only seminar, Brian and the crew discuss the Biden administration's "Build Back Better" budget bill and answer a range of questions, from the efficacy of civil disobedience, to how to organize against the military industrial complex, and more. Check out the preview now and subscribe at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram to…
 
On today's episode, Brian and Ju-Hyun Park discuss the rising tide of labor activism in South Korea demanding not only economic and social justice for workers, but also an expansion of democracy. Braving violent police repression, half a million workers in South Korea went on strike last week in a major show of force. The unfolding political and so…
 
On today's episode, Brian and Ju-Hyun Park discuss the rising tide of labor activism in South Korea demanding not only economic and social justice for workers, but also an expansion of democracy. Braving violent police repression, half a million workers in South Korea went on strike last week in a major show of force. The unfolding political and so…
 
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how the Federal Reserve has been forced to announce new ethics rules after a scandal over financial trading conducted by high-ranking officials led to the resignation of two regional bank presidents. But will this really prevent Fed officials from using their positions of power to get rich?Pr…
 
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how the Federal Reserve has been forced to announce new ethics rules after a scandal over financial trading conducted by high-ranking officials led to the resignation of two regional bank presidents. But will this really prevent Fed officials from using their positions of power to get rich? P…
 
On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how Biden is giving away more and more in backroom negotiations with right wing Democrats in Congress like Joe Manchin, imperiling the most important measures in the social program budget. They also discuss resistance to the coup in Sudan, …
 
On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how Biden is giving away more and more in backroom negotiations with right wing Democrats in Congress like Joe Manchin, imperiling the most important measures in the social program budget. They also discuss resistance to the coup in Sudan, …
 
Today's episode is the second in a multi-part series on Lenin's theory of imperialism and how his ideas apply to the modern day struggle against war and empire. Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek discuss how nearly the entire globe was divided up by the imperialist powers by the end of the 19th century as part of the expand-or-die nature of the capit…
 
Today's episode is the second in a multi-part series on Lenin's theory of imperialism and how his ideas apply to the modern day struggle against war and empire. Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek discuss how nearly the entire globe was divided up by the imperialist powers by the end of the 19th century as part of the expand-or-die nature of the capit…
 
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the Pandora Papers -- the massive leak of financial information exposing how the rich and powerful hide their assets in tax havens around the world. How does this institutionalized system of tax evasion function? What does this tell us about how the capitalist system works?Professor Richard W…
 
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the Pandora Papers -- the massive leak of financial information exposing how the rich and powerful hide their assets in tax havens around the world. How does this institutionalized system of tax evasion function? What does this tell us about how the capitalist system works? Professor Richard …
 
On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss the criminal lengths that capitalists in the United States will go to make a profit, from scamming working class borrowers to extorting tax payers for subsidies and so much more. We’ll also discuss the death of Colin Powell and his legacy, …
 
On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss the criminal lengths that capitalists in the United States will go to make a profit, from scamming working class borrowers to extorting tax payers for subsidies and so much more. We’ll also discuss the death of Colin Powell and his legacy, …
 
As the U.S. government makes a series of aggressive moves, could moves by the Taiwanese government towards a declaration of independence spark a war with China? Brian and Prof. Ken Hammond also discuss the essential historical background left out by the corporate media, explaining how Taiwan was carved away from the rest of China at the conclusion …
 
As the U.S. government makes a series of aggressive moves, could moves by the Taiwanese government towards a declaration of independence spark a war with China? Brian and Prof. Ken Hammond also discuss the essential historical background left out by the corporate media, explaining how Taiwan was carved away from the rest of China at the conclusion …
 
On today's episode Prof. Richard Wolff joins the show to discuss major developments in the labor movement as workers grow increasingly assertive of their rights. Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees voted almost unanimously to authorize a strike that would shut down Hollywood, Kellogg’s factory workers are on strike, …
 
On today's episode Prof. Richard Wolff joins the show to discuss major developments in the labor movement as workers grow increasingly assertive of their rights. Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees voted almost unanimously to authorize a strike that would shut down Hollywood, Kellogg’s factory workers are on strike, …
 
On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss Indigenous People's Day and the true history of colonization and how healthcare industry capitalists are seeking to sabotage measures that would cut into their profits as they continue their war on the poor, the elderly and the sick. They a…
 
On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss Indigenous People's Day and the true history of colonization and how healthcare industry capitalists are seeking to sabotage measures that would cut into their profits as they continue their war on the poor, the elderly and the sick. They a…
 
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