The Empire Files: Understanding Marxism and Socialism with Richard Wolff

Despite a concerted effort by the U.S. Empire to snuff out the ideology, a 2016 poll found young Americans have a much more favorable view of socialism than capitalism.

Though he died 133 years ago, the analysis put forward by one of the world’s most influential thinkers, Karl Marx, remains extremely relevant today. The Empire’s recent rigged presidential election has been disrupted by the support of an avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders, by millions of voters. 

To find out why Marx’s popularity has stood the test of time, The Empire File's Abby Martin interviews renowned Marxist economist Richard Wolff, Professor Emeritus of Economics at UMass - Amherst, and visiting professor at the New School in New York. 

Prof. Wolff gives an introduction suited for both beginners and seasoned Marxists, with comprehensive explanations of key tenets of Marxism including dialectical and historical materialism, surplus value, crises of overproduction, capitalism's internal contradictions, and more.

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  • Gabi Lipede
    commented 2020-08-03 20:22:43 -0400
    If ideas emerge from material realities before retroacting on the material realities is the distinction between ideas and material purely epistemic? Was Marx proposing an alternative ontology in which ideas and material are one and the same?
  • Eric White
    followed this page 2016-08-15 16:51:15 -0400
  • Muktar Kallon
    commented 2016-03-26 13:39:44 -0400
    With all these undeniable results of Marx’s predictions, could we say he was right? And if that is the case, can socialism deliver?
  • Richard Viscasillas
    commented 2016-03-26 05:11:11 -0400
    Abby Martin is a real reporter in an age of presstitutes who manipulate the public. The MSM is run by the rich who try to convince the middle class to blame it on the poor.
  • Joel S Roberts
    followed this page 2016-03-25 22:43:35 -0400
  • Martin Screeton
    commented 2016-03-23 19:06:21 -0400
    Loved the show and this format… I feel like the way that it was presented will give people a better understanding of these great subjects and a possible better direction to systemic change to our system in the future.
  • Martin Screeton
    followed this page 2016-03-23 19:01:43 -0400
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