Economic Update: Capitalism and Mental Health

Economic Update: Capitalism and Mental Health


Welcome, friends, to another edition of Economic
Update, a weekly program devoted to the economic dimensions of our lives: jobs, incomes, debts. I’m your host, Richard Wolff. I want to begin today’s program to talk to
you about the Koch Foods company – that’s right, Koch, as in the Koch brothers – one
of their many, many industries that they own. And in particular, Koch Foods operates poultry
processors. That’s a nice phrase for ripping the feathers
off of chickens, and so forth and so on. These plants that they run are in Mississippi,
particularly in the town of Morton, Mississippi. And in early August, the ICE people, immigration
folks, staged the greatest raid in American history against immigrants. They rounded up 600 to 700 immigrants working
in those poultry-processing plants. Let me give you the picture of what happened
here. Six hundred agents of ICE – that’s an awful
lot of people – got together, with helicopters, they were wearing black body armor, they were
carrying guns, the staging area was a local National Guard base. Wow. What was this for? It was to arrest people on the job. It meant that those people’s children either
watched all of this or had no parents when they were expected at home. It separated people from one another. It terrified everybody, which clearly was
part of its purpose. You could have arrested those people, if indeed
you felt you had to, on a weekend, or in their homes, or in the evening. You could have made arrangements so it wouldn’t
terrify the children – all of the things a sane, decent human being would understand. But it is much worse than that. In this made-for-TV ICE raid – to placate,
perhaps, the president, or maybe his election base, who knows – here’s what we found really
stunning: The employers of these 600 undocumented, or allegedly undocumented, immigrants weren’t
touched. No employer was arrested, no employer was
taken into custody, no employer was affected at all. Their problem was to go find replacements
for the people who no longer work there. Needless to say, these are some of the worst
working conditions, and the lowest-paid jobs, you can imagine. Of course the employer knew. The claim that the employer didn’t know that
these were undocumented immigrants is as believable as is the person who’s trying to sell you
the Brooklyn Bridge. But we’re supposed to believe this sort of
nonsense. I guess that’s what patriotism requires of
us. Why do employers want undocumented workers? The answer is simple: because they are afraid
to do anything. You don’t pay them on time, they’re not going
to go to the police and complain. You don’t pay them at all, they’re not going
to go. They’ll come back next week, and hope next
week they will get paid, because they’re terrified and they’re terrorized, which is what this
is all about. Eric Schlosser, the famous author of Fast
Food Nation, wrote an article in The Atlantic Monthly, dated August 16th. If you have a chance, take a look. He documents that raid, and all that it means,
in full, gory detail. The word “shame” is not strong enough to describe
what is going on. I want to turn next to another specialty of
our day: guns. And I want to report to you from the center,
it’s called the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, maintained by the University
of Washington – Washington State in the Northwest. They keep track of gun deaths per hundred
thousand of the population across the world’s countries. The United States has the following: 4.43
gun deaths per hundred thousand American citizens as of 2017, the latest year for which data
are available. Let me give you an example. If the United States has 4.43, what is the
rate in China and Japan? Ready? 0.04. Let me stress: That’s 100 times less of a
rate of gun deaths per hundred thousand people. Canada – a place rather like the United
States with lots of people who have guns – how many gun deaths do they have? Again, we in America have 4.43, the Canadians
0.47 – one-tenth the rate of the United States. Let me give you the names of two countries
that also have less gun deaths per hundred thousand than we do. One is Afghanistan, and the other one is Iraq. Here’s the statistic: Afghanistan 3.96. They’re getting close to us, but they still
– in a country that is war-ridden for the last umpteen years – they still have fewer
gun deaths per hundred thousand. And in Iraq it’s 3.54 – close, but still
less than what we have in the United States. In Britain 0.06, Denmark 0.15. Here are some countries that have higher rates
of gun deaths per hundred thousand: El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. In El Salvador 43.11 –that’s 10 times worse
than the United States. That, of course, is why those people are coming
to the United States, to escape a level of gun violence that ought to make us welcome
them seeking safety, but of course, you know what we do instead. My next update has to do with how conservatives
in America are responding to the proposals of some of the Democrats running for president,
particularly Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, to tax wealth in the United States. Oh, they are getting their passions riled
up about it. Let’s take a look. I’m going to focus on Elizabeth Warren’s plan
because it is the most clearly and worked-out of detailed plans. Here’s her plan: She would require an annual
two percent tax – two percent – on all portfolios, or all net-worth individuals,
who have (get ready, now) more than $50 million. So a lot of you listening and watching can
relax, because Elizabeth Warren is not after you. If you have $50 million or less, none of what
I’m about to describe to you will affect you. You’re not part of the story. Ah, and how are they going to be taxed? Two percent of what they have above $50 million
– the first $50 million nobody gets taxed, including these wealthy people, only what
you have in excess of $50 million – will be subject to a two percent tax. And if you have more than $1 billion, you
will be subject to (get ready) a three percent tax per year. Okay, how many families in America are going
to be affected by this tax? Answer: 75,000 families. That’s in a population of 325 million people. I did the arithmetic. Here’s the percentage of Americans that will
be affected (ready?): 0.0002. Wow. How could you get really excited about this
if 99.99999 percent of the people are not affected by this tax? Well, our conservatives – ever ready to
defend the 0.0002 percent – are on the job. This tax will raise, over 10 years, $2.75
trillion of revenue. You’d be able to solve many of the most egregious
problems of American society. Wow. You could help 325 million people by taxing
(ready?) two percent of the money owned by people who have more than $50 million, leaving
them, of course, with 98 percent of what they had. They would still be the richest people in
the country. But the conservatives are apoplectic. One of them on Fox News recently referred
to this as a confiscation tax. They’re taxing our property. That is awful. That’s my property. And you know something? It’s even worse than awful because I already
paid an income tax when I earned that money. And now I used it to buy property and they’re
going to tax my property. Isn’t that awful? And to go even one more step, they said, you
know, over 10 years, you multiply 10 years times two percent a year, that’s 20 percent
of my money. They really got excited. So let me respond, because their excitement
is based on a level of ignorance which is so enormous that I don’t really believe it. I think they know better, but they think we
don’t. So I want to deal with that. Let’s start. Taxing twice: You’re right. You are taxed when you earn your income, and
then if you buy certain kinds of property, you’re taxed again. One is a tax on income, and the other one
is a tax on property. But there is nothing new and nothing exceptional
about this. Let me give you an example. If you earn money, you pay an income tax. Suppose you use that money to buy a home. Guess what. There’s a property tax on your home in the
town where you live. So you paid income tax, and then you pay a
tax on your property. That’s not new, and that’s not exceptional. What are you screaming about, Mr. Conservative? There’s nothing new here. If you earn money, you pay an income tax. If you then buy a car, you pay a property
tax on that car. Once again, income tax and then property tax. Ironically, what the conservatives don’t want
you to know is that there is a kind of property that doesn’t pay a property tax in the United
States. You know what it is? It’s property in the form of stocks and bonds. In every community in America they tax land,
they tax buildings, they tax automobiles, but they do not tax stocks and bonds. It’s the one kind of property that is exempt,
through the history of the United States, most of it. Wow. The fact is, it’s a highly unjust system,
this property tax. It taxes cars, homes, and land. That’s the property average people sometimes
have – at least a better half of them, in terms of income. Ten percent of the people own 84 percent of
the shares of stocks and bonds. They’re the ones escaping from a property
tax on the property they’re rich enough to own. And Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are
going after that, which should have been done 100 years ago. There’s nothing new and nothing confiscatory
about it. If you’re really worried about confiscating
property, you should have been complaining about the tax on homes, and the tax on cars,
which you conservatives carefully avoid doing. And now the funny joke about multiplying 10
times two, and – I’ll give it to the conservatives, it adds up to 20, you’re right. But what you forgot to remember is the wealth
grows each year. It’s two percent, but not of the same amount. It’s two percent of the wealth as it grows. And two percent is a lot less than they’re
going to make, because if you have this kind of money, you hire a hedge fund to manage
it for you. By the way, you know what hedge funds charge
rich people like this? Two percent a year of the value of their assets,
plus 20 percent of how much it goes up. It’s called the two-and-twenty rule. So rich people are used to paying two percent
a year to their hedge-fund manager, plus 20 percent. The government is only coming and asking for
two percent, not 20 percent of what it goes up. So the joke is, it’s a fake. They don’t want to pay the tax. That’s all that’s going on. Rich people don’t want to pay the tax, which
should come as hot news to nobody. All right, folks, we’ve come to the end of
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of Economic Update. I’m very pleased to be able to welcome again
Dr. Harriet Fraad. She is a health counselor, mental health counselor,
in private practice, a hypnotherapist in New York City. You can find her work, which you’re familiar
with if you watch or listen to this program, at her website harrietfraad.com. Recently she has begun to produce a bimonthly
podcast called Capitalism Hits Home. I think you’ll find this kind of work that
we will be talking about available on that podcast, and we urge you to take a look at
it. It is available on itunes, Google Play, and
at our website democracyatwork.info. If you’d like to support it, please go to
patreon.com/capitalismhitshome. RICHARD WOLFF: Welcome again. HARRIET FRAAD: Thank you. RICHARD WOLFF: I want to ask you about the
relationship between capitalism, as an economic system on the one hand, and our mental health. Even though it’s a bit odd, let me quote our
dear president, Mr. Trump, who in defense of his advocacy for guns everywhere, and as
many as possible, and doing the work of the NRA, explained that the recent horrible shootings
are not about guns, but are actually about mental health. He thought thereby to defend himself and his
record, even though it implies for the rest of the world that the United States’ problem,
which they thought was bad with guns is actually much worse because we have such a mental health
that we have 10 to 20 to 30 times the amount of gun violence, apparently because of our
mental health. But putting that aside, there is a serious
relationship between the two. So I’d like to explore with you how capitalism
as a system shapes, influences, the mental health of the American people. And to focus us, I want to talk about two
parts of capitalism: the goods and services that are produced in the employer-employee
relationship that we’re all familiar with in a factory, the office, the store, on the
one hand, and the other part of capitalism: the buying and selling in markets that we
do with the products of our goods and services, where we buy and sell with one another. The market, in short. So let me begin by asking if you could tell
us a little bit about what mental health is, and then begin to explore how capitalism,
as a system, affects it. HARRIET FRAAD: Oh, what mental health is among
human beings is connection. We’re herd animals. We’re never supposed to be all alone. That’s why solitary confinement is the worst
possible torture, and the worst possible punishment, banned by civilized countries. In any case, people depend on connection. There’s a table of connection. The first leg is intimate connection. It could be with a lover or a husband – emotional
connection not necessarily present with a husband or a lover or a wife – or it could
be with the best friend to whom you really can confide, and who will stop what they’re
doing and hear you if you need them to, or a relative who has that function in your life. That’s one leg of the table. A second is a series of friendly acquaintances,
people with whom you connect, either because you go to a dance class together, you’re on
a team together, you’re working on a PTA, working on a blood drive, you both work on
a political campaign. There’s something that joins you in a friendly
and purposeful way. Another one is connection to a wider circle,
a feeling of being connected to your community, being connected to your city, to your country. And the fourth is being a world citizen, having
a sense that I am part of this world. So if climate change is happening, and drying
up places that are flooding, and so I’m part of that. I have to face that. I am a world person. RICHARD WOLFF: So you’re connected intimately,
acquaintance-wise, community, and world. HARRIET FRAAD: Exactly. And capitalism . . . RICHARD WOLFF: So if I can just push you a
little bit. So if you’re cut off from these connections,
is that when a mental health problem surfaces? HARRIET FRAAD: Absolutely. Psychosis, which means insanity, happens when
people lose even the social connection of language, and they just speak entirely with
their own meaning system, which is undecipherable by anybody else. They even lose language, the basic way we
have of connecting ourselves to other people. And in a brief study that I did over three
months of mass shootings – and there is now one every day; there has been one every
day in 2019, and I haven’t kept up with all them – but the shooters are mainly Millennials
between 23 and 28, they’re all men, and they’ve lost a connection. They’ve either lost a romantic relationship,
or they’ve lost a job, usually, both of which are things that connect them to other people
and to the world. For a man, the two important connections are
a woman and work, employment. And so they’ve lost primary connectivity. RICHARD WOLFF: And that in some sense . . . HARRIET FRAAD: . . . makes them feel enraged,
and unmoored, and fosters the kind of mental illness you have to have in order to kill
people you don’t even know, just go in and mow them down. But you also need a kind of alienation from
other people, and how does capitalism fit in there? Well one of the key things that allows people
to feel healthy and connected is equality. And we are now the most unequal nation of
all the wealthier nations. When you have advertising everywhere you look,
ads that are lying to you and you know it, you lose trust. Millennials, who are the loneliest people
of all and the least connected, also lose trust that they have a future, because they
don’t. They’re not even sure they have a planet,
no less a job, because everything is shaking, everything is precarious. RICHARD WOLFF: So the connections are attenuated;
they are weakened. HARRIET FRAAD: Absolutely. They’re weakened you can’t plan on anything. In the old days, you fell in love, you got
married, you settled down in one place, you had children. Now, the biggest increase in married-couple
types are married couples with no children. Most Americans aren’t married between 18 and
35 – the years of primary fertility, so they say – and people are
unmoored; they’re disconnected. Women are less disconnected because we’ve
been given permission to be emotionally open and affectionate with each other. So you can walk into the bathroom, in any
women’s room, and say “Oh my god, I’m feeling fat,” the other women will interact with you
about your feelings, or “This guy’s a creep,” you know. You immediately can bond with people. Men don’t have that. They’re much more guarded. Women walk around with their arms linked,
or their arm around each other. Men don’t. They’re much more physically isolated from
another because they’re afraid they’ll be accused of homosexuality. There is a whole alienation of people from
one to another. Plus, the way employment works is, no one
will hire you to do a job if you can’t make more for your employer than you’re getting
as a salary. So you’re always being robbed. He’s always getting more. He’s always trying to get more for him or
herself than they give to you, which doesn’t breed trust and kindness amongst people. RICHARD WOLFF: Right, it’s an old argument
of the critics of capitalism, who use often the word “alienation,” that being, if your
job is always a situation where the employer, the boss, is trying to get more out of you,
and pay you less, in one way or another, you’re setting up a tremendous adversarial situation
in which you’re on guard, you’re distrustful, you’re bitter, you’re unhappy. You know, we call the hours right after the
end of the job a “happy hour” in the bar because it underscores how unhappy. These are – is it your argument, let me
ask you, that these conditions disconnect people from one another? HARRIET FRAAD: They disconnect people from
one another; they make each other suspicious. Someone else will get the promotion; then
they’ll get more; you won’t get more. At the office, people are jockeying for position
so that they can get more, and they can have more power, so that they can have more influence. And the CEO at the top gets between 250 and
350 times more than they get, even though he’s not doing all that much – that’s a
big contribution. And the idea is getting more, and also the
humiliation of the mass of people who have less. So the kid who doesn’t bring their milk money
is humiliated in front of the class. In one of the states (luckily, this was defeated),
but they had the idea that kids who didn’t bring in their lunch money because they didn’t
have it should have to clean up after the other kids in order to have lunch. That there is a humiliation. You think of the people at the top – rich
and famous and lucky – you look at somebody like Epstein, who came from a working-class
background and amassed $577 million, but didn’t have a close relationship with anyone. Everyone was someone to use. And he was in a wealthy circle, where they
all used each other and did each other favors, like procuring adolescent girls to rape, or
money and connections. His whole life was money and connection until
he died. RICHARD WOLFF: But you’re saying that kind
of connection is not what you referred to before. HARRIET FRAAD: No, it’s a transactional connection. RICHARD WOLFF: That’s the point. HARRIET FRAAD: It’s you get more than you
give. So that he did Wexner a favor (Wexner was
a billionaire who he served, by hooking him up financially) for which he got $200 million
in compensation at one point. Everything you do has a price. When Epstein was in jail recently, before
his murder or suicide, he put money in the commissary accounts of the different reputedly
rougher people at the jail so they wouldn’t rough him up. Because he’d always paid everybody off, and
he did it to the end. RICHARD WOLFF: So in a way we’re going back
to your earlier point. The inequality creates an interruption, or
a blockage, of connection. You can’t feel connected because that person
is so much wealthier than you, or that person is so much poorer than you. It’s an argument that inequality really is,
in its own way, an endangerment to mental health. HARRIET FRAAD: It is. And people more and more, if they have the
money, they live in gated communities. They join golf clubs where you have to pay
over $100 thousand dollars to be a member. They make sure that those others can’t get
anywhere near them. Wealthy people send their children to private
school. Dalton, where Epstein taught – where our
Attorney General’s father gave him a great big favor, which one doesn’t understand what
he got in return, but in any case – where he taught cost $51,350 a year for kindergarten. What kind of kids are going to be in your
class, even if you get a partial scholarship at Dalton? RICHARD WOLFF: So the irony is they want to
connect to a few people . . . HARRIET FRAAD: . . . a few people . . . RICHARD WOLFF: . . . but they disconnect . . . HARRIET FRAAD: . . . disconnect from the masses,
who are trying to get their hands on their money. And even among those few, they have transactional
connections. There’s a book called Primates of Park Avenue,
which is a study of the one percent, who doesn’t even talk to you unless you have money and
connections, because everything is a transaction. You don’t find someone who seems sympathetic
and become a friend. No, you watch how they’re connected, and what
they can do for you, and whether playing with their kid can get you into a better school. RICHARD WOLFF: So in a way, is it too much
for me to say, to draw from your comment, that in a society that interrupts, or blocks,
or thwarts connections on such a systematic basis, it isn’t that surprising that occasionally
people go over the edge with a level of mental upset, of disconnection, and then act in these
bizarre ways that are kind of the extreme form. HARRIET FRAAD: Well it’s a combination of
the mental and emotional disconnection that allows you to kill people, and also the proliferation
of guns in a society that doesn’t care if you die. They’re selling, they’re selling, and they’re
lying to sell, so that they’re cut off from other people. And you are cut off. And people are very lonely. Twenty-two percent of Millennials
say they don’t even have an acquaintance, no less a friend. Sad. RICHARD WOLFF: We’ll come back to this topic
at a future point. Thank you very much. I hope you found this as interesting as I
did. You know, evaluating capitalism as a system
should always have asked the question what are its implications, not just for our physical
health, and our jobs, and our incomes, but for the mental health upon which a civilized
society depends. I look forward, again, as always, to speaking
with you next week.

100 thoughts on “Economic Update: Capitalism and Mental Health

  1. Why is a MARXIST focusing on a fake progressive, an ex republican like Warren plan who she basically stole from Sanders without giving him any credit? You are not much of a leftist or a Marxist by spreading corporate neoliberal Warren´s propaganda. Shame on you, Dr. Wolff.

  2. As a lonely, depressed, isolated worker drone in a sparsely populated area I wake up every morning and repeat duty, family, duty, family until I can make it through the day without ending it all. Don't tell me capitalism is working, I'm too tired, angry, and abandoned to listen to your bullshit.

  3. Today in Finland 16 years old student attacked with sword to other students and teacher. It was 4th similar case in Finland in last few decades (earlier used bomb or guns). Same symptom what the quest talking about. When USSR vanished from neighbour of Finland, Finland stopped to be progressive and turned to neoliberalism. Inequality grows faster in Finland than any other OECD countries. Alcohol is used more than ever in history. Mental health problems are huge and tabu. Birth rate collapsing. …capitalism kills.

  4. thank you for this guest. I am a RN/psychotherapist and deal with this kind of thing all the time. soo important to talk about and understand. thank you

  5. Chill Mr Drama queen. It is up too a $21,000 fine for hiring each undocumented worker. Yet the undocumented worker is usually stiffed his pay or it's less than what he/she thought would be earned.
    Many are used and told to go away. Some get robbed because thugs know when they get paid.

    Best they go through the proper channels, live and prosper like the rest do.

    Like my Latino neighbors. They've been here 14 years and went through all the proper channels to become a citizen and own their home.

  6. Ice wants to do anything to destroy families. With a trump demanding the families be destroyed. He is destroying this country.

  7. A most educational informed conversation from that Doctor Woman. So correct. But there is many reasons. Not just disconnected but people become detached desensitised. Eg person harmed perpetrator has NO EMPATHY nor desire to respond to make better for. That is if the perpetrator still alive. Walking destruction left behind others have to clean up. I guess that is why being kind to others is so important.

  8. to correct professor wolf in the beginning. that plant didnt belong to the koch bros. its a different koch owners

  9. Sigmund Freud wrote in Civilization and its Discontents, his most insightful book, that humans have paid a huge price—including tremendous psychological disorders—for civilization, which is totally against our own social instincts, but he felt the price is worth it. However, many people have questioned his belief that the enormous price we paid is justified.

  10. I love the coverage oh how capitalism affects mental health. The only thing I have to disagree with is about women and friendliness. In my opinion women are not more friendly than men. Sometimes I wonder if most women still have their instinctive nurturing traits considering how much they have been socially engineered to compete with men in a very scarce job market.

  11. about the last comment from harriet fraad on millenials reminded me of what noam chomsky said to the effect that society has become atomized. i say this is another example of propaganda that we live with on a day in day out basis. " be afraid be very afraid of your fellow man "

  12. Capitalism sucks, but there are still a lot of genuinely good people out there. Some days you really see it, other days not so much. This guy just bums me out, he's all gloom and doom. Full blown Communism doesn't work out too well either, so focus on solutions and DO it. Not just talk, talk, talk.

  13. Have you ever considered that the US is just nothing more than a violent and feral nation that needs to be put down like a feral dog?

  14. anti depressant drugs: side effects violence and suicide

    274,000 persons 6mos to 5yrs old
    1,000.000 persons 5yrs to 10 yrs old and up it goes
    i'm sure this dosen't help matters, live by the chemical die by the chemical

  15. It’s interesting how Hollywood has at times depicted a dystopian future, one of mass isolation, hyper capitalism and intrusive technology. It’s becoming more evident that we are now living that dystopian future. Seemingly on the road to progress but equally going no where. Most of us wake up everyday in a robotic jolt, mechanically dragging ourselves to meaningless jobs that pay just about enough to keep our heads above the water. But yet we smile and pretend it’s all okay because we don’t want to be seen to be losing the race. The race to no where.

  16. History repeating. America Forcefully repatriated 3rd generation Americans with Mexico poorly because they had Mexican Names. AMERICA the great Nation, NOT.

  17. No problem with ICE raids since they are ILLEGAL. You seem to forget that little factor. Talk about how NAFTA was actually horrible for both populations, but stop pretending illegal immigrants are being unfairly rounded up when they are not.

  18. While it is politically incorrect to bring up but jobs are important to men for all kinds of reasons including social connect. Brian Alexander's book the GLASS HOUSE goes into this in how when the main business in Lancaster, OH was mostly close down by the hedge funds, a lot of people including men lost their purpose. Joan C. Williams What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class covers this also. The Yang people don't get it.

  19. I wish more mental health specialists could see this video instead of dogmatically pushing whatever darling therapy technique they've been taught at school that completely disregards how a person's environment shapes their mental health.

  20. What is this woman talking about? The most important thing is to have a relationship with our God, the true God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit— The most Holy Trinity. Human beings are material– the flesh and also they are spiritual- the soul. Just to feed the flesh will not save a human being! Both must be fed!

  21. I think Richard Wolff should change the background somehow. It's not good this black, abyssal thing when comes to mental health and all that.

  22. Thank you for making the clarification on the tax plans. So valuable to hear the truth. Agree with everything you said. Please continue. I happily subscribed you are doing a derive to many with your channel.

  23. I have subscribe your channel. And i think it is worth my life to watch a fully well educated people talk about a society.

  24. One of the rare instances when the professor is dead wrong. Why would you go along with the narrative that Elizabeth Warren has a more worked out plan than Bernie Sanders? His wealth tax plan is very complete and very detailed. Get it straight!!!

  25. I think it's essential to differentiate between capitalism and oligarchy, the system we live in. There is nothing wrong with capitalism unless the system creates monsters in series that are able to corrupt everything. Capitalism has to protect itself by regulations. If it fails to do that all values are going down with the "elites" creating a society of 
    narcissists that are unable to interact with each other being able to be pushed around like zombies.

  26. It's capitalism economy wolf,
    It is all about surplus of capital,
    Yet the dangerous part of this model of economy is it shifting between nations, that is why it need to be control by us a specie of humanity, nations just can't do it,
    Let us live as a specie not nations.

  27. Harriet seems to forget the racial piece to mass shootings which is disappointing and very one sided. This isn’t a class only issue, there is racial disparities too.

  28. Funny how all the illegal immigrants are dying to be here in America with all the gun violence & gun deaths going on. Sorry to hear about the illegal immigrants getting raided on at work but what do they expect their in America illegally.

  29. We live in a class war plutocratic society and one of its objectives is the century-long social engineering in which the common people are deliberately driven into a state of economic siege to cause them daily mental anguish until they are barely functional. Example: a motorist (with either a slave wage job or unemployed) cannot afford to pay his or her parking tickets (caused by overcrowded parking spaces) and then dares to drive on a revoked drivers license leading to his arrest and jailing. Naturally he cannot afford the exorbitant towing and storage fees (not to mention bail), so his or her car is impounded and sold leaving the motorist without a car and there's still hundreds of dollars in court fees and fines while the judge calls the defendant a "scofflaw."

  30. Americans are always more or less paranoid.They worry that the wife is cheating, about creeping socialism, welfare queens on the tax dollar, and medical expenses. But they do not seek professional assistance, they just buy another gun and feel well!

  31. the effects of capitalistic culture are stratified. The mental health of the workers is also stratified. Add to that the ebb and flow of the cultural zeitgeist which organically fluctuates between intensify <~~> abate. Societal / social / psychological pressure builds during intense phases of zeitgeist and so on. The gun violence gestalt is a media-sanctioned / encouraged / intensified outlet (pressure release) for the psychic pressures being subliminally modulated by those expansions and contractions of individual vulnerabilities at the psychic core of a collective dominance worldview in the process of dissolution.

  32. Very interesting subject! Please have Gary Olson on your program:
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/14/why-so-little-empathy-and-compassion-within-american-culture
    "I submit that neoliberal capitalist culture in the U.S. deadens feelings of social solidarity, pathologizes how we view ourselves and stunts our natural feelings of empathy and moral responsibility."
    — Gary Olson
    https://www.amazon.com/Empathy-Imperiled-Capitalism-SpringerBriefs-Political-ebook/dp/B00APXD4LE

  33. If companies and private citizens were punished for hiring illegals, let's say 250k per offense, illegal immigration would stop overnight, but people like the Koch's and those who own golf courses are exempt from all fines because they say they create "jobs." Now the question is, for who?

  34. In capitalism, everything is a commodity. My life has been a process of schooling, programming to make money and spend it and spend the rest of my life making money until I die. Somewhere in that struggle to accumulate wealth I need to find true meaning of human existence.

  35. 19:20 "If you're cut off from these connections, is that when a mental health problem surfaces? Absolutely. They even lose language, the basic way of connecting to other ppl." I dont agree with her. I've been a loner all my life. I dont think I have a mental health problem. Why shud I hang around with ppl who dont respect me? Anyway, I dont hav the time. For me, it's just work all day. Apart from this lady, was a good podcast. Didnt watch beyond the point this lady starts talking. I dont like the way he's equating bernie and warren. Think warren is in bed with rich donors – she's not gonna do anything different to healthcare, student debt, income inequality, foreign affairs than her predecessors. She isnt a progressive.

  36. I've been watching economic update for more than a year, and though all episodes are great, I think this one is the best one of all. Everything was totally informative, and very relatable.

  37. Let's not forget that most of the mass shooters are also on pharmaceuticals which seems to trigger this horrible violence.

  38. This channel is fantastic! I’m a millennial struggling at work, I work at at warehouse because they pay okay but it’s extremely physical and I’m miserable, I’m an artist, I hate my life so much the only way I think I can be free is by killing myself, I have no relationships because I mostly hate people everyone just wants to show off or fuck.

  39. The elite did not spend decades stealing our money just to give it back. To secure their wealth the rich are going to transform the United States of America into or third-world dictatorship.

  40. Wasn't this initially just a 60m talk by Harriet? She initially was talking about the history of communist purges from unions and stuff, then I think you guys changed what you had published. Where can i hear what else she was saying?

  41. You mention one Koch businesses, you detail ICE raids in the area…you leave out the key piece of information: how many people were taken by ICE from the Koch business? I come here for intelligent information to debate the other side and find you many times throw out general statements followed up by specific concerns BUT the vital connection is missing. Help us out!

  42. I found it interesting to understand the issues of Country of Capitalism vs Socialism dominant Country in East. Thank you!

  43. Though there is no direct evidence, there is circumstantial evidence and we ought to treat it as feasible that the super rich are preparing their full disconnection from the rest of us and become, to all intents and purposes, a separate species. I see the wealth taken out of the economy and stockpiled in tax havens and offshore accounts playing a role as the contingency fund that would underpin the defence for any moment this dystopian prospect for the remainder of humanity clarifies.

  44. Though there is no direct evidence, there is circumstantial evidence and we ought to treat it as feasible that the super rich are preparing their full disconnection from the rest of us and become, to all intents and purposes, a separate species. I see the wealth taken out of the economy and stockpiled in tax havens and offshore accounts playing a role as the contingency fund that would underpin the defence for any moment this dystopian prospect for the remainder of humanity clarifies.

  45. Though there is no direct evidence, there is circumstantial evidence and we ought to treat it as feasible that the super rich are preparing their full disconnection from the rest of us and become, to all intents and purposes, a separate species. I see the wealth taken out of the economy and stockpiled in tax havens and offshore accounts playing a role as the contingency fund that would underpin the defence for any moment this dystopian prospect for the remainder of humanity clarifies.

  46. Though there is no direct evidence, there is circumstantial evidence and we ought to treat it as feasible that the super rich are preparing their full disconnection from the rest of us and become, to all intents and purposes, a separate species. I see the wealth taken out of the economy and stockpiled in tax havens and offshore accounts playing a role as the contingency fund that would underpin the defence for any moment this dystopian prospect for the remainder of humanity clarifies.

  47. Though there is no direct evidence, there is circumstantial evidence and we ought to treat it as feasible that the super rich are preparing their full disconnection from the rest of us and become, to all intents and purposes, a separate species. I see the wealth taken out of the economy and stockpiled in tax havens and offshore accounts playing a role as the contingency fund that would underpin the defence for any moment this dystopian prospect for the remainder of humanity clarifies.

  48. Though there is no direct evidence, there is circumstantial evidence and we ought to treat it as feasible that the super rich are preparing their full disconnection from the rest of us and become, to all intents and purposes, a separate species. I see the wealth taken out of the economy and stockpiled in tax havens and offshore accounts playing a role as the contingency fund that would underpin the defence for any moment this dystopian prospect for the remainder of humanity clarifies.

  49. Though there is no direct evidence, there is circumstantial evidence and we ought to treat it as feasible that the super rich are preparing their full disconnection from the rest of us and become, to all intents and purposes, a separate species. I see the wealth taken out of the economy and stockpiled in tax havens and offshore accounts playing a role as the contingency fund that would underpin the defence for any moment this dystopian prospect for the remainder of humanity clarifies.

  50. Though there is no direct evidence, there is circumstantial evidence and we ought to treat it as feasible that the super rich are preparing their full disconnection from the rest of us and become, to all intents and purposes, a separate species. I see the wealth taken out of the economy and stockpiled in tax havens and offshore accounts playing a role as the contingency fund that would underpin the defence for any moment this dystopian prospect for the remainder of humanity clarifies.

  51. Capitalism sadly promotes and encourages the love of money. Ends up people validating people on the basis of how much you have or how much you earn. Corruption is a natural effect of capitalism. Corruption is the power of matter and money over SPIRIT and ETHICS.

  52. As SPIRITUAL BEINGS having a material experience, neglecting the spiritual side of humanity for the material one causes mental emotional diseases. Without a strong spiritual foundation, life becomes empty and meaningless. And so the capitalist system becomes empty, meaningless and corrupt.

  53. On gun death: America didn't abolish the death penalty; America just privatized it. There's even death penalty without trial by the government in America – it is called police shooting.

  54. Capitalists have always thought “people commit suicide because they’re just crazy,” nothing to do with capitalism. But most suicides have to do with UNemployment. In 2017 there were 47,173 suicides, up from 42,773 in 2014. Let’s say it’s 50,000, because many weren’t successful, multiplied by 50 years equals 2,500,000, and 20 years ago was 1969. Upton Sinclair said that one time a poor waitress committed suicide, and Wm Randolph Hearst (owner of many newspapers) had it put in the newspaper that “she was greedy” because she left a Suicide note that she just couldn’t imagine going through her entire life making only $.20 an hour, this was maybe in the 1920’s. So the very rich Hearst said SHE was greedy…and sadly many people in their ignorance believed that, and repeated it over and over and over…..

  55. Psychosis is a due to a biochemical dopamine imbalance in your brain. That is why it is only treated with antipsychotics, and not talking. Not sure how being alone can cause this.

  56. This woman cannot talk about the elephant in the room. That the the average man sets his life around other people (women) to validate their existence. This has to stop.

  57. Very interesting the idea that the wealthy pay exorbitant sums for schooling not for the better education but for the insulation from the plebs.

  58. After the bailout, one would think the American people would have been the auto and central banks biggest shareholders. Noooo these people are allowed to add 16 trillion of austerity to our national debt, cut our wages in half and give themselves a raise. Exactly who is our government representing? It's not the taxpayers. vote these con artist out of office. This isn't misappropriation of funds it is theft. Theft on a grand scale, 52 trillion worldwide enslaving people all over the world just to serve a few. It's time to end speculation and invest in all the people. give the working class a bigger seat in your boardrooms. We are your customers in which our markets function.

  59. I like cuddles but women aren't that way 🤔. Doesn't seem like it, but I like to fuck allot
    Or did…
    Now everything is a business transaction
    It's not human its a sociopath or psychopath "thing"
    Everything is an object to exploit…
    A toy…
    Disposable
    Like paper plates or plastic cups
    No humor or intelligent conversation
    Trip…

    Ill give you an example but fact
    I buddy got a Robot floor cleaner
    I told him you will see oneday most things will be automated
    Looks at me like sure…
    Same thing with my construction works " Famers and welders" get mad at me…
    My buddy was quadriplegic shot in the spine, now they have apparatuses to aid them to walk 👌🙃 its going to be cured in time!
    Nobody listens 🤔 It's like i popped bubbles… Define their reality lol
    They don't live in reality…
    They have no idea about Quantum mind either
    I like to pay attention and i'm into nerd stuff
    Sometimes I more Nerd then the nerds in terms of profound possibilities
    Game theories
    Order of operations
    Systems theory
    Imagination to connect potential
    To have a bit of foresite
    Methodology
    Cybertetics
    Nothing is absolutely certin but profound potential
    I am Quantum! 🕵️‍♀️ Troll too! Because of the loss and pain I bare deep within…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAJUUqsUJvk&list=PLfN09hf0oyUxA5rHdORmzENkMz7NsVdaR&index=331&t=29s

  60. My 1st Girlfriend left me for a guy with a car 🤔 thats when I realized that ain't love…
    Replace me for a thing…
    Long story short
    after I got with another female who liked me without a car she wanted me back lol
    Irony!
    My girlfriend beat her ass
    but I felt bad…
    If I told my girlfriend at the time don't do it she beat my ass!
    Would say " why am I protective of her"
    I say nothing… I know how mama bear gets
    Wet! 👌🙃
    C22
    Hypergamy will sell one out for things potentially
    I'm priceless!
    Bitches👌🙃
    Life!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAJUUqsUJvk&list=PLfN09hf0oyUxA5rHdORmzENkMz7NsVdaR&index=331&t=29s

  61. Fun fact: The USSR defined mental illness as any disagreement with socialism–you'd HAVE to be nuts to not appreciate their beautiful socialist experiment, and nevermind the starvation and purges and conquests and gulags.

    People who were suspected of supporting freedom were deemed insane and tortured in mental institutions.

  62. Guns are a net benefit for the amount of people they save, even OPB reports that about 100,000 are saved per year, while only 88,000 are hurt at all, the amount saved has “good” estimates up to 1,500,000, some flawed studies indicate 2.5 mil, but I don’t want to share those since they are flawed. I love your channel, but socialists/marxists should want to keep our guns in case it comes to violence to stop our tyrannical oligarchy of capitalism, and we should want to keep them for self defense against fascists too. I have a transgender friend who wants to be able to defend herself because of the intolerance currently in our nation.

  63. Taxation makes people slaves to the state and country County and city If we got rid of all taxes and got rid of all public funding And got rid of money And got rid of corruption and greed This world would truly be a better place People are a cancer to the Earth One day we will face extinction And over time the Earth will begin to heal

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