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3. Locke: Equality, Freedom, Property and the Right to Dissent

3. Locke: Equality, Freedom, Property and the Right to Dissent

Prof: If so, then let’s go on to John Locke, another major scientist and another major founder of political and social philosophy and theory. I’ll do again what I did with Hobbes. We will again do briefly, for those who are not interested in lives and history. So first I introduce you, our friend today, John Locke. He was born in 1642 in Somerset. His father was a captain in a parliamentary army; a kind of small gentry, not particularly…

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Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part I)

Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part I)

Welcome to part one of a four-part series on the work and the contribution made by Karl Marx. We do this now because it’s the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, but of course the real reason we do it, is because we think that that work, that criticism of the capitalist economic system, remains a source of important insights, that can be useful for all of those who want to make a better world out of the one we’re…

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Capitalism Hits Home: Capitalism, Socialism and Communism – Part 1

Capitalism Hits Home: Capitalism, Socialism and Communism – Part 1

Hello, this is Dr. Harriet Fraad on Capitalism Hits Home, an interpersonal update. This is a show about the intersection of capitalism, class, and our personal lives. Today’s podcast on Capitalism Hits Home is about what is class? What is a class revolution? What does it mean when we talk about feudalism, capitalism, state capitalism, socialism, and communism? These are words bandied about, but we don’t really know what they mean, and we don’t learn about these revolutions in school….

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Richard Wolff and Harriet Fraad on the Family Struggles in Capitalism

Richard Wolff and Harriet Fraad on the Family Struggles in Capitalism

FRAAD: The family is failing. The majority of 18 to 35 year olds don’t get married. There are more people that live together than marry because they don’t really feel they have enough security, and stability to be married, no less start a family. So families are in big trouble. WOLFF: Let me ask you a question because immediately, since I’m an economist it occurs to me, the things you’ve said immediately show the impact of the economy. If it’s…

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12. The Marxian Failure and Legacy

12. The Marxian Failure and Legacy

Prof: Okay, this morning we’re going to finish talking about Marx, and we’re going to focus on the failures of Marxism and the legacies of Marxism, and the failures are connected to the legacies in important ways that we’ll unfold as we proceed with today’s discussion. I began this already on Monday by talking about the difficulties with Marx’s assumptions about scarcity and superabundance. And we saw that just as Mill couldn’t banish politics from politics through the mechanism of…

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Economic Update: Marxism’s Contribution [TEASER]

Economic Update: Marxism’s Contribution [TEASER]

[WOLFF] Let’s get right to the key thing that I wanted to have you talk to us about. What does Marxism – and Marxian political economy in particular – what does it offer to a society like ours today? Why is this something you study, you teach your students who want to learn what’s going on with Marxism? [OLLMAN] Beginnings are very important to Marx and I, in recent years, like to begin my discussions of Marxism by quoting a…

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Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part III)

Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part III)

Welcome to part three of this four-part series on the work and contributions of Karl Marx once again let me remind you that the point in purpose here is not to have you agree or disagree with what Marx wrote but to become aware of what the perspective of the leading critic of capitalism is what insights he may have discovered that we can make use of now to improve the economy for all of us the point is not…

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Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part IV)

Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part IV)

Welcome to part 4 of this four-part series on the work and contribution of Karl Marx. I won’t repeat what we have said at the beginning of the other segments, because you’ve heard it already, and you know it anyway, we studied Karl Marx here, we summarized his work because of the insights it offers us, ways for us to solve problems we face today this is not about agreeing or disagreeing with what Marx is saying, it has to…

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Richard Wolff responds to Jordan B. Peterson

Richard Wolff responds to Jordan B. Peterson

Through the magic of the internet, it is possible for me to respond to some things that were said by a Canadian psychologist by the name of Jordan Peterson, who teaches at the University of Toronto. I’m not going to be talking about the psychology he teaches, or that he preaches, because that’s not my area of expertise, just as it’s clear that Marxism is not his. However, he has made statements about Marxism — despite not knowing very much…

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