Click the links below to listen Professor Richard Wolff discuss his book Democracy at Work on The Dietrich and Brookz Show on WTFE.
Part 1 of the Interview.
Part 2 of the Interview.
More important than pathologizing the individual who killed is the task of evaluating the social and psychological conditions - changeable by collective action - that can explain why his frustrations and failures should take such a violent turn against others. In other words, why does the US have more such violent, gun-using explosions of extreme personal upset than most other advanced countries combined?
This article originally appeared on the Guernica website.
Charles Murray's new book, Coming Apart,is criticized as a "blame-the-victim" argument applied to the white working class just as Patrick Moynihan applied it to the African-American working class in the 1960s. Murray excludes and thereby exonerates the economic system from responsibility for working class suffering and dysfunction; he blames instead character flaws somehow newly developed in that class.We develop a counterargument that locates the behaviors of both the 1% and the 99% in their logical responses to a dysfunctional economic system.
Recent mass fascination with an alleged rape by then-IMF Chairman Dominique Strauss-Kahn and an admitted extra-marital relationship and child by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stress almost exclusively these events' sexual,personal and moral dimensions. Yet such events are also fostered and reproduced by our society's economy and psychology. Hence our interest in examining them.