I would really like to hear your opinion on my ideas on how to build better and more stable socio-economic system:
I am also writing a book on this subject, so your opinion would be very helpful.
I'm wondering if you could speak to the viability of Jill Stein's plan for the cancellation of student debt and comment on the accuracy of her statements regarding this plan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lelEx10_PMQ). In particular: To what extent is her claim that Wall Street debt was canceled through the use of quantitative easing a valid statement? How likely is it that, if she were elected president, she'd be able to make Federal Reserve appointments in such a way as to ensure her plan gets put into practice, and what kind of time frame would this involve? Would each individual's forgiven debt inevitably be taxed as income? Any insight you could offer into these questions would be welcome. Thanks.
Forgive me if this has already been covered, but I'm wondering if Dr. Wolff is familiar with the economic calculation problem put forward by Mises (et. al.) that allegedly undermines the soundness of any other economic system besides capitalism.
Could you please offer your opinions and/or commentary on MMT (modern monetary theory), Hyman Minsky, Warren Mosler, Stephanie Kelton, Randall Wray, Bill Mitchell, etc. and how this explanation of monetary systems might relate to economic democracy and socialism.
https://youtu.be/Xac2a6jNQJU https://youtu.be/YEyb5A7GNzg For when you can, these videos are lengthy but fortunately not visually artistically, so you can enjoy listening to them while doing something else, if needed. Am I being too skeptical of this concept? Why is the left (as in the real left) falling in love with this, and why is even Trump himself toying with this concept (or perhaps a version of his own)? I feel, though it sounds good to a certain extent even in practice,(I really would rather be living in an economy using this theory than the one we're in); I feel that it seems to me it'd be like a very large Band-Aid, but still a Band-Aid nonetheless to the economy as it stands. I feel that while we are still in a system where surpluses are still having to be generated for the efficiency of profits, MMT or no MMT, collapse after collapse we will see. Is it too utopian to imagine an MMT transition into a Time Banking/Service Exchange Cooperative Economy? Thank you!
Hello Prof. Wolff, you have often referred to capitalism as exploitative to the workers, because the capitalists take the fruits of the workers labor through profit. What do you say to the neoclassical Marginal Revenue Productivity Theory of Wages, which states that wages are equal to a worker's marginal product? Labor is the source of value I suppose, but what about machinery? Doesn't it create value too? If it creates value, wouldn't the capitalist be able to profit off of their machine's value in the long term?
Please review the attached documentary. Is it true that the only way to create money is through debt. Did the producer have an agenda? I feel like this is not the whole story. https://youtu.be/jqvKjsIxT_8
Dear Prof. Wolff: I'm a Swiss Banking student and have been following your content for quite a while now. I'm grateful for your weekly Marxian/progressive content as this important perspective is not represented in conventional media. Here's my question: Could you dedicate one episode of Economic Update towards the financial sector, especially it's banks and how we can make the banking industry work for broad societal goals again? I'm especially interested in what needs to be changed, which business fields are compatible with broad societal interests, what business models of banks would have to adapt and how the banking sector could collaborate with a real economy consisting of more and more worker co-ops. Also I would be glad if my personal data remains anonymous. Yours sincerely.
It's "Reflection On the Overthrow of Communism." It goes from 12.23-20.19 in the audio, although I agree with your logic, Dr. Wolff, what you argue validates what I also have advocated for years. creating and new economic system from the ground up by democratizing the enterprise , "co-ops etc. but Dr. Parenti argues, as do many on the left that a "pure socialism" cannot exist without a strong state etc. Top Down hierarchical centralize state power . maybe you could respond before I die which may be very soon since I have bile duct cancer "incurable" thank you
Hello, I worked my whole working life under capitalism and I only needed my first(out of many) days of unpaid overtime to figure out it may not be the best system in the world, but since I was born in a former communist country and spent my early childhood years under communism you can imagine I have a natural suspicion of alternatives to this system. Since you seem to talk a lot about worker cooperatives on your program as a kind of alternative to both systems I wondered what your thoughts were on experiments with cooperatives and so-called associated labour bodies in former Yugoslavia. http://sdonline.org/57/workers-councils-in-yugoslavia-successes-and-failures/ http://www.slobodaiprosperitet.tv/en/node/870
Jill Stein, the presidential nominee of the Green Party, proposes using quantitative easing to erase student debt in a similar fashion to what was done during the bail out for banks in 2008/2009. She also proposes a Green New Deal that will create millions of jobs while addressing the issue of climate change. http://www.jill2016.com/platform I'm very curious to hear Richard Wolff's insights into the feasibility of these ideas and their potential outcomes.
I'm interested in a couple potential possibilities to support the expanding sector of the economy one might call, "people-powered". Are there investment opportunities that would provide a reasonable return on investment that would support Worker Owned Enterprises/Co-Ops? Thanks, Bill
Automation is displacing more jobs each day. This tendency will increase as we approach singularity. Some people, such as Ray Kurzweil, think this will happen as early as 2035. My personal fear is a disruption in the circular flow of economy : households provide labour, and corporations provide goods and services. Profesor Ha Joon Chang believes such a quandary can be solved through a social arrangement and that in the long run such thing will be solved ( see link ) , I have my qualms. Even if a social arrangement can be made, but then the problem becomes how to force the government into enact such changes, for it is not uncommon to see the government act on its own benefit while leaving a large sector of the society marginalized.
Reference Ha-Joon Chang: "Economics: The User's Guide" | Talks at Google (44:30 to 47:45)
Professor Wolff: You have often cited the significant role that automation (robotization) and computerization play in the elimination of good-paying jobs in the United States. Capitalists enthusiastically employ technology that removes workers from production, because machines do not get paid wages, demand profit-eating health insurance, pensions, or benefits, or go on strike. Marx himself noted this phenomenon. I recently had dinner with a neighbor who works for a prominent U.S. manufacturer of industrial robots. He said that according to inside information to which he is privy that within the near future 50% of jobs in the U.S.will be performed by robots. One can imagine that technological advances might even increase this number. My question is what do we do? U.S jobs are disappearing fast, either because of automation or from off-shoring. Is a guaranteed income for all Americans the only answer? Thank you.
I was wondering what your opinion is of tipping in restaurants. Many servers make as little as $2.13 an hour and consider patrons that do not tip extremely rude. How has capitalism contributed to this phenomenon? I've read that restaurant owners claim that it allows them to charge less for food on the menu, etc. It seems to me that the restaurant industry has managed to exploit a social norm (adding gratuity to a check) to absolve from themselves any complaints concerning wage by their employees. What do you think?