Evet, Kapitalizmden Daha İyisini Yapabiliriz

This article originally appeared at CommonDreams.org.

Special thanks to Aydın ÖRDEK, member of Executive Board of Mulkiye Center for Education, for providing the Turkish translation.

Çeviri: Ekin Keskin*

Kapitalizm kendisini sürekli olarak daha büyük bir eşitsizliğe, istikrarsızlığa ve adaletsizliğe sürüklerken, kapitalizmi eleştirenler çoğalıyor. Kapitalizmin endişeli savunucuları iki şekilde tepki veriyor. Birçoğu eleştirileri önemsemiyor. Ne de olsa, kapitalizm uzun zamandır var ve daha önce de iniş çıkışlar yaşadı. Eleştirenler, hayal kırıklıklarına rağmen çok az bir değişim olması nedeniyle eleştirilerin sönümleneceğini tahmin ediyor veya umuyorlar. Şikâyet edenler ise sadece kaybedenler. Kazananlar kesinlikle sistemi ileriye taşıyacaklar. Kapitalizm savunucularının bir kısmı da basitçe kapitalizmin bir alternatifinin olmadığı konusunda ısrar ediyor, bu yüzden eleştiriler anlamsız hale geliyor.

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Heterodox Economics at John Jay College

Authors: Richard D. Wolff and Ian J. Seda-Irizarry

Richard D. Wolff (RDW): As a professor of economics, all my adult life I’ve had to struggle with a difficult sad fact about economics education in colleges and universities in the United States for the last half century. Because of the Cold-war, because of the years of struggle between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the previous way of teaching of economics, which included the presentation of alternative theories, were repressed. Instead economics got narrowed to a very simple orthodoxy that excluded everything basically critical of capitalism. Capitalism, “economics” taught, was the greatest economic system since sliced bread, indeed the “optimum” imaginable. There were no alternatives worth studying from which one could learn. For example, Marxism, as the most developed critique of capitalism in the world, was simply excluded from 99% of all economics curriculum, as it remains today. It is an extraordinarily narrow orthodoxy.

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American History and the 2020 Election

This article originally appeared at Counterpunch.org

Whatever distractions candidates promote to win voters, some underlying issues will wield their influence on 2020 election outcomes in any case. The biggest of these are the historically accumulated anger and betrayal felt by millions of working class Americans. Since the 1970s, their relative position within income and wealth distributions has declined. Real wages stagnated while workers’ rising productivity made ever more profits for employers, widening inequality. That alone depressed the class, but US society is structured to add many political, cultural, and social demotions onto those whose relative economic position declines.

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Socialism and Workers’ Coops

This article originally appeared at Counterpunch.org.

Actually existing socialisms since the 1917 Soviet revolution leave a rich legacy: aspects to build on, aspects to reject. Collective consumption (free education, medical care, subsidized housing, transport, etc.) is among the first and party dictatorship is among the second. Those socialisms’ complex histories also leave a legacy of what went missing from them. Identifying and evaluating missing elements can provide today’s socialist movements with better means to surpass capitalism than earlier socialist movements had.

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What is class?

There is an entire body of political science thinking that has been unavailable in this country for many years because of its association with socialism and the left that have been demonized. Prof. Wolff joins Richard Eskow of The Zero Hour to talk about the insight that literature could offer us.

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Trade War Truce on the Horizon? & Bad News for Bitcoin

As Trump ramps up his rhetoric against China, one of the nation's top officials will visit Washington to talk trade. Professor Richard Wolff joins RT's Boom Bust to sift through the shipping stalemate and search for hope on the horizon.

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Global Capitalism: May 2019 Economic Update

Rise of Socialism in the US Today

with Richard D. Wolff 
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These programs begin with 30 minutes of short updates on important economic events of the last month, then Prof. Wolff analyzes several major economic issues. For May 2019, these issues will include...READ MORE


Economic Update: Lawyers vs. The System

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