Richard Wolff: We Need a More Humane Economic System—Not One That Only Benefits the Rich

'[Political leaders have] ratcheted down the quality of jobs. We've made people use up their savings since the great crash of 2008, so they're in a bind. They have really no choice but to offer themselves at lower wages or at less benefit or at less security than before, which is why there's the anger, which is why there was the vote for Mr. Trump in the first place, because this talk of recovery really is about that stock market with the funny money that the Fed Reserve pumped in, but is not about the real lives of people, which are in serious trouble, hence the numbers, like a average American family can't get a $400 emergency [loan] because it doesn't have that kind of money in the background. So, you've undone the underlying economy, you have this frothy stock market for the 1 percent, and this is an impossible tension tearing the country apart.'

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