Ask Prof Wolff: Dogmatic & Extreme on the Left

A Patron of Economic Update asks: "Hi, I once heard a Professor of Political Science at Columbia named Todd Gitlin interviewed. Professor Gitlin was once the second in command of Students for a Democratic Society during the late 60's, As I understood it, he argued that the dogmatic and extremist leftists of that era actually helped the capitalist elite. They made it very easy for the capitalist elite to label them as "dangerous" and also may have alienated some folks who may have supported them had they not presented as so rigid and self-righteous. Perhaps, it is like the South American poet Jose Ortega-Gassett once wrote that "The road is how you walk it"...I was wondering if Professor Wolff would be interested in commenting on this."

This is Professor Richard Wolff's video response.

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