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2021 Hardcover Edition with new Introduction

Understanding Marxism

We offer this introductory book now because of the power and usefulness today of Marx’s criticism of the capitalist economic system. The 2021 hardcover edition features a new introduction by author Richard D. Wolff, which strengthens the case for why Marxism is worth understanding. It explains and shares our excitement about the ways in which Marxism helps us to critically rethink capitalism today, and offers new directions for social development beyond and better than the capitalism we have.

“Marxism always was the critical shadow of capitalism. Their interactions changed them both. Now Marxism is once again stepping into the light as capitalism shakes from its own excesses and confronts decline.”
Richard D. Wolff
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Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff is a weekly, nationally syndicated show that empowers listeners with information to analyze not only their own economic situation, but also the economy at large. Since its beginning in 2011, it has been hosted by d@w founder and board member Richard D, Wolff, who excels at taking complex economic issues and making them understandable.

"A lifeline of truth and a beacon of clarity during a time of desperate economic turbulence."
- Curt C., Listener of Economic Update for 8 years

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David Harvey's Anti-Capitalist Chronicles is a bi-weekly podcast that looks at capitalism through a Marxist lens. Host David Harvey is the foremost Marxist thinker about political economy and has been teaching Karl Marx's Capital for over 40 years.

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All Things Co-op is a bi-weekly podcast that explores everything co-op. From theoretical and philosophical conversations about political economy and the relations of production, to on-the-ground interviews with cooperative workers, All Things Co-op aims to appeal to a wide audience of activists, organizers, workers, and students to be better educated and motivated to create a new cooperative society.

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Capitalism Hits Home with Dr. Harriet Fraad is a bi-weekly podcast that explores what is happening in the economic realm and its impact on our individual and social psychology.

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Cities After... is hosted by Miguel Robles-Durán and is a bi-weekly podcast about the future of cities; grounded in our daily urban struggles, it is part dystopian and part utopian. The intention is to entice civic imagination into action, because a more just and sustainable urban future is possible.

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Stuck Nation: Can the United States Change Course on Our History of Choosing Profits Over People? (2021) is the work of award-winning print and broadcast journalist Robert "Bob" Hennelly. Its depth reflects his many decades of on-the-ground reporting, from the streets to historical archives and the White House. Stuck Nation lifts up the stories of those whom our capitalist system would otherwise see ‘disappeared’. It bears the human cost of our system and our silence. It holds accounts of individuals and a broader movement willing to put everything at risk to change our national narrative. 

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 In this unique collection of over 50 essays, The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself (2020), Richard D. Wolff argues clearly that "returning to normal" no longer responds adequately to the accumulated problems of US capitalism. What is necessary, instead, is transition toward a new economic system that works for all of us.

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Understanding Socialism by Richard D. Wolff (2019) 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.

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Understanding Marxism by Richard D. Wolff (2018). Americans especially now confront serious questions and evidences that our capitalist system is in trouble. It clearly serves the 1% far, far better than what is is doing to the vast mass of people. Marx was a social critic for whom capitalism was not the end of human history. It was just the latest phase and badly needed the transition to something better. We offer this essay now because of the power and usefulness today of Marx’s criticism of the capitalist economic system.

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Global Capitalism: Live Economic Update is a filmed bi-monthly live event series featuring Richard D. Wolff, who hopes to develop all participants’ understanding and ability to explain current economic events and trends to others.

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 For teachers and life-long learners alike, we offer recommended reading lists, discussion questions, translations and episode transcripts in our growing assemblage of resources. 

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