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HS 559: Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens, Global Economic Meltdown by Dr. Richard D. Wolff

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Richard Wolff

Dr. Richard D. Wolff, professor of economics and author of Understanding Marxismjoins Jason Hartman today, discussing the global economic meltdown. Wolff shares his interpretation of marxism and why he believes that is has been poorly applied. As well, Hartman and Wolff discuss capitalism in America, the perception and the reality. 

Wolff and Hartman discuss the disproportionate pay between CEO and workers. The CEO to worker compensation ratio has changed dramatically. Wolff states that a cooperative/directorship might work using the example of The Mondragon Corporation. 

Key Takeaways:

[2:15] Was Karl Marx’s ideas applied wrong?

[8:45] “A liberal and a marxist are not the same things.”

[10:30] What is a Marxist? 

[12:45] Capitalism didn’t make the break from fatalism and slavery that it thought it did. 

[16:45] Did any country have genuine pure marxism?

[20:30] “There’s a reason that a very small number of people are capitalists (entrepreneur) and a very large number of people are workers” – Wolff

[20:45] How do we solve the issue of disproportionate pay between boss/worker, redistribution? 

[24:00] How would a company run with a representative republic, cooperative, or directorship?

[25:10] Successful Co-op, The Mondragon Corporation. 

[31:45] What is the Yellow Vests Movement?

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Richard Wolff Youtube

www.democracyatwork.info

www.rdwolff.com

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