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Economic Update: Teaching Economics – A Revolutionary Approach [Trailer]

WOLFF: The first thing that struck me about
this libertarian forum were the arguments [that] socialism had killed
millions of people. If you’re gonna go this route of counting the dead let’s start
with world wars I & II. Colonialism & imperialism. I mean, why do you think
there was a slave trade? CRAMER: We live in a world of extreme partisan hostility and it’s keeping us from generating the kind of brilliant ideas that we need in order
to create prosperity for all of us. We teach people from all walks of life to
hear the great economic thinkers of our past and how they were echoed in today’s
debates. What happens is that people become fluent in each point of view and
that combative debate that we live in becomes solution-focused
conversation, and we set the foundation for, you know, the payoff: for new ideas to
emerge. And that’s what the VOTE program is all about

Reynold King

2 Replies to “Economic Update: Teaching Economics – A Revolutionary Approach [Trailer]”

  1. Two questions for Professor Richard Wolff

    Dear Professor Wolff

    First of all, I would like to warmly greet you, and the entire Democracy at Work team, for your work in promoting Marxism. I’d especially like to single out David Harvey about his lectures on Marx Capital.

    My name is Michał Nowicki, although on the Internet I am known rather as Camarade Michael and I am the author of the Rebirth of Communism YT channel. I've been watching films with your participation for about a year now, and we've even translated some of the films to Polish. I also quite often refer to your lectures in my videos. Thanks to mine and my comrades’ publicity, you have slowly become a person well-known in Poland both among people with leftist views and among anti-communists.

    Just like you, I am a Marxist, although we share different views as to Marx's famous eleventh thesis on Feuerbach. We Polish communists describe ourselves as continuators of the Bolshevik tradition and our model is rather Lenin and the October Revolution than Roosevelt and New Deal.

    Our social status in the capitalist system is also different. I am a worker and have to admit that a scientific career for Marxists is simply impossible in an anti-communist country such as Poland.

    I have two questions for you about my country – Poland.

    The first question concerns Polish capitalism. Recently we celebrated in Poland the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence. We divide this 100-year period into 50 years of capitalism (1918-1939) (1989-2019) and 45 years of socialism, plus of course World War II.

    Why is Polish capitalism so backward/retarded? We can observe the same atrocities/defects both before the war and after 1989. Mass unemployment, starving children, problems with access to housing and much more. With all my criticism towards capitalism, I must admit that it was in some ways an innovative system in the US or Western Europe. For example, in the welfare state era an average American worker could afford a decent life.

    In capitalist Poland, a worker’s life is always miserable. In capitalist Poland there is no innovation, no ideas we’d call here literally a ‘Polish technical thought’. In capitalist Poland, Polish car factories were even being massively closed. Both before the war and after 1989, Polish capitalism is completely dependent on Western countries and our role is reduced to the one of assembly workers.

    In short, the capitalist system is a curse for Poles, and I am all the more surprised by the fact that many Poles love this system so much. Me and my comrades, we believe that in the capitalist system Poland will always be a third category country, there will always be misery in us and I am not even able to understand how this system can be supported in Poland.

    The second question will be much shorter. Why did many Westerners, including American Marxists, support counter-revolutionary forces in Poland, led by Lech Walesa, whose goal was to restore capitalism?

    Thank you in advance for your answer, which we will definitely translate to Polish. I hope that one day you will visit our country, where we will organize a debate with some Polish equivalent of the anti-communist freak like Jordan Peterson.

    Communist Greetings

    Michał Nowicki

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