Economy and Psychology: A Tale of 2 Depressions

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Most Americans have never recovered from the recession of 2008 and the outsourcing, mechanizing, robotizing and computerizing of their jobs. Men’s salaries and working conditions have been deteriorating since the mid 1970s. Women’s salaries have increased to 77% of men’s low salaries. Americans are emotionally depressed. We consume 50% of the world’s psych meds and 80% of the world’s heroin. Suicides addiction obesity and other social ills have increased. Too many are in despair. This panel explains what happened, why it happened and what to do about it.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Harriet
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Fraad
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Democracy at Work
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Dr Harriet Fraad is a mental health Counselor and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. She speaks and writes on the intersections of economic and personal life in America today. She appears on WBAI the first week of every month on Economic Update with Rick Wolff. Her work can be found in Truthout, Logos, Tikkun, RM, The Psychohistory Journal, at her website harrietfraad.com and on the website of Democracy at Work. Her latest contribution to a book will appear in August 2017 in Knowledge and Class: Marxism Without Guarantees (Routledge, 2017).
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Richard D.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Wolff
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Democracy at Work; Left Forum
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Rick Wolff was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Yale. Richard. D. (Rick) Wolff is the author of the Economic Update program which appears on WBAI and 80 other radio stations nationwide. He speaks and writes nationally and internationally for Democracy at Work. The latest of his many books are Capitalism Hits the Fan, Democracy at Work a Cure for Capitalism, with David Barsamian, and Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens. He publishes as a regular columnist for Truthout as well as numerous other publications.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Roger
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Salerno
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Pace University; psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Roger Salerno is a professor of sociology at Pace University in NYC. He is also a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC. Roger speaks on a wide range of socially and personally political topics, including: gender, alienation, marginality, deviance, social theory and personal loneliness. His books include: Beyond the Enlightenment, Contemporary Social Theory, Sociology Noir and his just published Boyhood and Delinquency in 1920s Chicago.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Betsy
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Avila
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Executive Director at Democracy at Work
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Harriet
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Fraad
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Democracy at Work
 

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