Coming soon, The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself is a collection of essays by Prof Wolff which aims to be a timely guide for analyzing the current economic and social crisis while we are still in its midst. Addressing the coronavirus pandemic, the deepening economic crash, dangerously lacking political responses, and exploding social tensions, Wolff argues that today there is unprecedented need to change our capitalist system, a root cause of these issues.
“Even multi-billionaires today lament the inequality capitalism produces, arguing for measures to curb it. Rick Wolff stands out for his brilliant exposition that, if capitalism appears unjust, it is because it is irrational, inefficient and wasteful of human and natural resources. The same ‘production lines’ that pump out untold wealth also produce industrial scale discontent and physical sickness. And yet, for most people it was hitherto impossible to imagine a world without capitalism. Covid-19 has put a dent into this corrosive certainty and, now, Prof Wolff’s new book turns this dent into a magnificent source of hope and insight.”
- Yanis Varoufakis, Member of Greek Parliament and MeRA25 leader, DiEM25 co-founder, Professor of Economics
The Sickness is the System is a unique mix of articles published in various outlets as well as essays adapted either from episodes of d@w's show Economic Update, media appearances or from videos on Prof. Wolff's YouTube channel. This creates a blend of formal and colloquial pieces that we hope makes for easily relatable and useful reading for anyone with an interest in understanding the current crisis of US capitalism.
While we don’t have pre-ordering available, you don’t have long to wait. The Sickness is the System will be released mid-September. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, learn more about our other books, Understanding Socialism and Understanding Marxism, on our website. Both are available as paperbacks and ebooks. Teachers can also find directions to request educator copies as well discussion questions.