15 Minutes of Fact with Jerry Ashton Interview

From wgrnradio.com

My 15MOF interview today will be with someone I have wanted to have on our program for some time, and that is Dr. Richard Wolff, who is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University here in New York City.

Credentials?  He is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has earned a BA magna cum laude in history from Harvard in 1963 and an MA in economics at Stanford.

Noticed?  The New York Times Magazine has named him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist.”  In 2012 wrote the book “Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism,” and this year published “Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.”

I had twice encountered Professor Wolff.  Once where I was attending a conference on economic justice at the Union Theological Seminary here in NYC, and the other was at an evening with the online magazine TruthOut, also in the city. 

In each case I listened to his views on this train-wreck of an economy, and in each case I came away with a clearer understanding of what is so very wrong in how we have been taught to think about capital and labor here in the U.S. 

Today’s interview is designed to rectify that flaw in our education and centers around a concept whose initials are WSDE (“Worker’s Self-Directed Enterprises”) and which he sees as a bright future for many businesses.  Not every enterprise – as those entrenched in a capitalist mindset may well feel that these initials are a stand-in for WMD’s. 

Whatever the initials or their interpretations, they spell change – and that is exactly what Professor Wolff is all about.  Enjoy.

Those wishing to know more about Professor Wolff can visit his website at www.rdwolff.comor visit www.democracyatwork.info.  Please visit my blog at the Huffington Post for a more detailed accounting of this man and this theory.

15 Minutes of Fact with Jerry Ashton Interview

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