“The place where most adults spend most of their life is at work, and there is no democracy at work”

This interview originally appeared in the English-language section - The English Corner, of Contexto Magazine. 

Much like Bernie Sanders, Richard Wolff (1942) has spent his entire adult life saying (and writing) many of the same things. Until not so long ago, his fierce critique of capitalism, voiced in his radio show Economic Update and articulated in countless papers and books, found little resonance beyond the fringes. And yet, like the Vermont Senator, he has seen a spectacular renewed interest in those ideas lately. When Wolff, a Marxist economist who was trained at Harvard, Yale and Stanford, sat down with CTXT at a coffee shop near his office in Manhattan’s New School for Social Research a couple weeks ago, he was preparing for a trip to Kentucky, where he would give a series of lectures in public and state universities. “I’ve never even been to Kentucky. And they’re paying to have me tell them about the disaster that capitalism is and what we can do to change it!” he joked, pointing to Occupy Wall Street as the force that brought theories like his –and Bernie Sanders’- onto the discussion table. In his idiosyncratic tone –combining the didactic with the forceful – Wolff spoke about the current situation of the American economy, the forces driving global competition, and the intricacies of the solution he proposes in his bookDemocracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism (Haymarket Books, 2012), which turns to the Basque Mondragón Corporation for inspiration.


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Prof. Wolff on The Big Picture RT: "More Co-ops Means Less Inequality"

Prof. Wolff joins The Big Picture's Thom Hartmann and discusses the lack of economic democracy in the current economic system. For a large chunk of the American workforce - capitalism is no longer working the way it's supposedly designed to work. Is it time to look for alternatives to the free market? And if so, where? Prof. Wolff offers Worker Self-Directed Enterprises (WSDE) as a solution.

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Prof.Wolff on Clearing the Fog: "Building Power for Worker Rights"

Prof. Wolff joins Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese on Clearing The Fog to discuss the current situation for workers and how they are building power to lift up wages and worker rights. 

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Prof. Wolff joins The David Pakman Show to discuss the implications of the Panama Papers leak.


How Capitalism and Racism Support Each Other


This article originally appeared at Truthout.org

Capitalism's supporters use and benefit from a racism whose practice and consequences should be blamed on capitalism itself.

"Racism" is so often applied to US prison statistics and policing; to data on differences in employment, housing, wealth and income distributions, college enrollments, film awards, and so much more; and to hardening hostilities toward immigration. At the same time, racism is so often condemned -- at least in mainstream media, dominant political circles and most intellectual and academic institutions. Racism's persistence where the capitalist economic system prevails raises the question of the connection between capitalism and racism.  READ MORE


Economic Update: Gentrification: The Market Rules


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Prof. Richard Wolff on Smart Talk with Andrew Mazzone

Prof. Wolff analyzes the economy of the US from a Marxist perspective.

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Economic Update: Prisons and Sugar Babies


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Global Capitalism: April 2016 Monthly Update

The Varieties of Socialism: An Economic Analysis

Co-sponsored by Democracy at Work, Left Forum, and Judson Memorial Church

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 this month, these will include...READ MORE