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Donald Trump has morphed from a transgressive man into a "Totem", a symbol and embodiment of the rage of Americans at the erosion of white male privilege, and the economic and social devaluation of the their lives. He embodies the retribution for the ravages of capitalism. Read more
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Explore Global Capitalism with Richard Wolff as he talks about the decline of the United States Empire, examining its military losses, economic challenges, and changing global status. Wolff highlights the historical pattern of rising and falling empires, using the Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Ukraine conflicts as indicators of the US's... Read more
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On this week’s Economic Update, the entire program is devoted to how old socialism's rapid growth and global spread in the 19th and 20th centuries entailed a focus on the state. Key issues were: (1) would the socialist state limit itself to regulating capitalist enterprises and the market (as in... Read more
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In this episode, “A Theoretical Rupture: Overdetermination”, the Dialectic goes to work to explore the Marxist idea of dialectics and ‘overdetermination’. We begin by asking Prof. Wolff about the theoretical problems and conundrums he faced as a young Marxist thinker and how he, alongside Stephen Resnick, decided that a theoretical... Read more
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In this week’s Economic Update, Professor Richard Wolff discusses the rise of the Chinese car industry, the struggle between employers vs employees over in-person vs remote workplaces, and the US military's anti-vax program in the Philippines as part of the US-China Cold War that is already underway. In the second... Read more
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In this week’s Economic Update, Professor Richard Wolff discusses the latest US and EU tariffs against China's electric vehicles, 27,000 Virginia teachers vote to unionize, and students and workers at all 6 University of California campuses strike against attempted repression of students peacefully advocating a Gaza ceasefire. In the second... Read more
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In this episode, "For Roses and Bread: On Marxism as a Theory of Overcoming Trauma", the Dialectic goes to work to explore the following question: Why Marx? Why Marxian Theory? We begin with this, our inaugural episode, with a deep dive into Professor Richard Wolff's life. His upbringing, education and... Read more
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In this week’s Economic Update, Professor Richard Wolff devotes the entire program to an analysis of tariffs. We discuss why tariffs are not a workers' issue. why capitalism's continuous swings between free trade and protectionist periods/phases make little impacts of workers, and why contending capitalists seek to get workers to... Read more
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Women with access to birth control are increasingly opting out of bearing children worldwide. Women are now economically forced into labor outside of the home. Thanks to persistent male chauvinism women are then expected to perform a "second shift" of housework and childcare. Read more
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In this week’s Economic Update, Professor Richard Wolff discusses The Washington Post's exposure of the corporate rich sponsoring police repression against student protests and how Boeing rewards CEOs while it exhibits the airlines' worst safety record. In addition, the UAW loses union election as German capitalists and southern governors join... Read more
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On June 26th, one hundred drivers have who organized with Teamsters Local 705 demanding that Amazon recognizes and bargains with their union. As driver Luke Cianciotto said in a union statement “Every Amazon driver knows who our true employer is, . . . We wear their uniforms and drive their... Read more
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Richard Wolff discusses on Dialogue Works his perspective that both Western political ideologies and capitalism are in decline, as evidenced by election outcomes like Emmanuel Macron's defeat in France. He notes that neither the political right nor the left propose viable solutions to the systemic issues facing capitalist societies. Wolff... Read more
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In this The Socialist Program episode, Richard Wolff and Brian Becker talk about the surprising victory of the left in France under the new popular front, challenging the Macron government and the far right. He criticizes the biased coverage of the elections in the United States, emphasizing the importance of... Read more
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On The Critical Hour, Richard Wolff offers perspectives on the recent US presidential debate, critiquing the state of American capitalism and leadership. He scrutinizes the economic systems of the United States and other Western countries, noting a shift in global financial power to the BRICS nations. Wolff dismisses the personal... Read more
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Don't miss Richard Wolff on Rachel Blevins show as they cover the state of the US economy, exploring the rising cost of living and Americans' dwindling optimism about the economic future. Wolff criticizes other economists and mainstream media for being out of touch with the average person's struggles, highlighting the... Read more
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Watch Richard Wolff on Dialogue Works as they discuss the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its repercussions in the United States, particularly in the context of student demonstrations and university responses. Wolff highlights the historical struggles between Israelis and Palestinians, emphasizing the imbalanced power dynamic and the controversial Israeli... Read more
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On Dialogue Works, Richard Wolff covers the topic of global political dynamics, particularly focusing on the Ukraine conflict, the West's decline in influence, and the rise of China. He dissects the West's attempt to maintain control, despite the shifting economic balance towards Eastern powers like China and Russia, and criticizes... Read more
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Richard Wolff joins The Socialist Program to discuss the recent 233% surge in uranium prices over five years due to geopolitical tensions and a shift in energy demands. Wolff emphasizes that the price spike is being driven not only by increased interest in nuclear energy as an alternative to Russian... Read more
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On David Lin's show, Richard Wolff covers the topic of escalating tensions in the Ukraine conflict and the potential descent into World War III not being adequately addressed in mainstream media. He outlines how Western powers, by potentially allowing Ukraine to conduct strikes inside Russia and discussing the use of... Read more
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Richard Wolff provides insights on The Socialist Program regarding the problematic nature of profiteering in the American healthcare system, especially the impact on cancer patients. He criticizes the system's failure to provide essential services and the resultant medical bankruptcies that affect two-thirds of Americans. Wolff emphasizes the stark contrast between... Read more
Understanding Marxism Preview
If you want to understand capitalism in order to make society better, then understanding Marx’s analysis is fundamental in drawing your attention to capitalist production’s core conflict: class struggle. It is everywhere, and it influences everything and everyone in our society. Marx is the theoretician who first explained it systematically. He was a social critic for whom capitalism signified not the end of human history, but the latest phase that badly needed a transition to something better. Buy Here →
The Sickness is the System Preview
The coronavirus pandemic, economic crash, political divisions, and social tensions have plunged the declining American capitalist system into chaos. In this collection of over 50 unique essays, Prof. Wolff argues that a mere return to normalcy is inadequate to tackle the accumulated problems of US capitalism. Buy Here →
Understanding Socialism Preview
Understanding Socialism tackles the taboos and unveils the often hidden histories of socialism, but most importantly it offers a way forward: a socialism built on democracy in the workplace. A blend of history, analysis and opinion, Understanding Socialism is an honest and approachable text that knocks down false narratives, confronts failures, and offers a path to a new socialism based on workplace democracy. Buy Here →

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