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Global Capitalism: The GOP/Trump Plan for 2018 [January 2018]
Global Capitalism: The GOP/Trump Plan for 2018 [January 2018]
Published: 2018/01/11
Channel: Democracy At Work
Global Capitalism: What The Tax "Reform" Means To Us All [December 2017]
Global Capitalism: What The Tax "Reform" Means To Us All [December 2017]
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: Democracy At Work
Economic Update: The Economy, 2017 — 2018
Economic Update: The Economy, 2017 — 2018
Published: 2018/01/07
Channel: Democracy At Work
Economic Update: The System
Economic Update: The System's Unwanted Results
Published: 2018/02/11
Channel: Democracy At Work
Richard Wolff: "Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism" | Talks at Google
Richard Wolff: "Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism" | Talks at Google
Published: 2017/06/28
Channel: Talks at Google
Prof. Richard D. Wolff - China’s Economy, Growth & Global Impact, 11/2017
Prof. Richard D. Wolff - China’s Economy, Growth & Global Impact, 11/2017
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Quantum Healing
Economic Update:  Revolt Against Sexual Abuse
Economic Update: Revolt Against Sexual Abuse
Published: 2017/12/10
Channel: Democracy At Work
Economic Update: Democratize the Enterprise
Economic Update: Democratize the Enterprise
Published: 2018/02/04
Channel: Democracy At Work
Economic Update:  How People Change Economies
Economic Update: How People Change Economies
Published: 2017/11/19
Channel: Democracy At Work
Global Capitalism: GOP’s Tax Plan and a Changing US Economy [October 2017]
Global Capitalism: GOP’s Tax Plan and a Changing US Economy [October 2017]
Published: 2017/10/12
Channel: Democracy At Work
Is Libertarianism compatible with Capitalism? | With Richard D. Wolff
Is Libertarianism compatible with Capitalism? | With Richard D. Wolff
Published: 2017/12/05
Channel: acTVism Munich
Global Capitalism: Hurricane Harvey’s Lessons [September 2017]
Global Capitalism: Hurricane Harvey’s Lessons [September 2017]
Published: 2017/09/14
Channel: Democracy At Work
Economic Update: How Economies Change
Economic Update: How Economies Change
Published: 2017/10/29
Channel: Democracy At Work
Global Capitalism: Evaluating 6 Months of the Trump Economy [July 2017]
Global Capitalism: Evaluating 6 Months of the Trump Economy [July 2017]
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: Democracy At Work
Wealth Inequality Most Severe Since Ancient Egypt w/Prof. Richard Wolff
Wealth Inequality Most Severe Since Ancient Egypt w/Prof. Richard Wolff
Published: 2017/12/01
Channel: The Jimmy Dore Show
Marxist Economist debates FOX
Marxist Economist debates FOX's Stuart Varney about Socialism
Published: 2017/07/31
Channel: Democracy At Work
Richard D. Wolff - When and Why will Capitalism end?
Richard D. Wolff - When and Why will Capitalism end?
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: acTVism Munich
"Intro to Marxian Economics" 1 (1of6) - Richard D Wolff
"Intro to Marxian Economics" 1 (1of6) - Richard D Wolff
Published: 2011/02/17
Channel: RichardDWolff
Marxism 101: How Capitalism is Killing Itself with Dr. Richard Wolff
Marxism 101: How Capitalism is Killing Itself with Dr. Richard Wolff
Published: 2016/03/22
Channel: Empire Files
Richard Wolff on Marxism, Capitalism, Corporations, Alternatives & Solutions
Richard Wolff on Marxism, Capitalism, Corporations, Alternatives & Solutions
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: acTVism Munich
Solution For Capitalism
Solution For Capitalism's Brutalities Easier Than You Think w/Prof. Richard Wolff
Published: 2017/12/01
Channel: The Jimmy Dore Show
Global Capitalism: Capitalism v. Socialism Today [August 2017]
Global Capitalism: Capitalism v. Socialism Today [August 2017]
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: Democracy At Work
Richard Wolff on Capitalism
Richard Wolff on Capitalism
Published: 2014/05/22
Channel: Workplace Democracy
Richard D. Wolff on Real Time with Bill Maher
Richard D. Wolff on Real Time with Bill Maher
Published: 2014/07/31
Channel: RichardDWolff
How Class Works -- by Richard Wolff
How Class Works -- by Richard Wolff
Published: 2014/03/15
Channel: Workplace Democracy
Socialism For Dummies.
Socialism For Dummies.
Published: 2015/05/17
Channel: Charlie Marks
Crisis and Openings: Introduction to Marxism - Richard D Wolff
Crisis and Openings: Introduction to Marxism - Richard D Wolff
Published: 2012/09/14
Channel: RichardDWolff
Economic Update: Knowledge, Class & Economics
Economic Update: Knowledge, Class & Economics
Published: 2018/01/21
Channel: Democracy At Work
The Medical Industrial Complex & Technology | With Richard D. Wolff
The Medical Industrial Complex & Technology | With Richard D. Wolff
Published: 2018/01/26
Channel: acTVism Munich
Prof. Richard D. Wolff - Capitalism, Socialism, Trumpism, Neoliberalism
Prof. Richard D. Wolff - Capitalism, Socialism, Trumpism, Neoliberalism
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: Quantum Healing
Economic Crisis and Globalization - Richard D. Wolff Lecture 1
Economic Crisis and Globalization - Richard D. Wolff Lecture 1
Published: 2012/06/10
Channel: Apostolos Christofis
Richard D. Wolff on the Basic Universal Income & Role of Technology in Capitalism
Richard D. Wolff on the Basic Universal Income & Role of Technology in Capitalism
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: acTVism Munich
Richard D Wolff - A Critic Of Capitalism 2017
Richard D Wolff - A Critic Of Capitalism 2017
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Cult of the whispering sunrise
Advanced & Applied Marxian Economics (Session 1) - Richard D Wolff
Advanced & Applied Marxian Economics (Session 1) - Richard D Wolff
Published: 2012/11/04
Channel: RichardDWolff
Richard Wolff debates FOX
Richard Wolff debates FOX's Stuart Varney on Wealth Distribution & Worker Coops
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: RichardDWolff
The National Debt  Explained by Dr  Richard D  Wolff
The National Debt Explained by Dr Richard D Wolff
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: dal investing
Richard D. Wolff Explains How Capitalism is Theft
Richard D. Wolff Explains How Capitalism is Theft
Published: 2018/01/26
Channel: Benji Adam Whiskettes
Advanced & Applied Marxian Economics (Session 2)  - Richard D Wolff
Advanced & Applied Marxian Economics (Session 2) - Richard D Wolff
Published: 2012/11/05
Channel: RichardDWolff
Marxian Economics vs Capitalism with Economist Prof. Richard D. Wolff
Marxian Economics vs Capitalism with Economist Prof. Richard D. Wolff
Published: 2014/08/05
Channel: TYT Interviews
On Contact With Chris Hedges And Richard D. Wolff
On Contact With Chris Hedges And Richard D. Wolff
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Cult of the whispering sunrise
Richard D. Wolff - What are Capitalism & Socialism? What differentiates them from each other?
Richard D. Wolff - What are Capitalism & Socialism? What differentiates them from each other?
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: acTVism Munich
Richard D. Wolff explains the USSR / Soviet Socialism
Richard D. Wolff explains the USSR / Soviet Socialism
Published: 2014/04/01
Channel: KindaGamey
Exclusive Interviews: Edward Snowden, Jeremy Scahill, Richard D. Wolff and leading Experts
Exclusive Interviews: Edward Snowden, Jeremy Scahill, Richard D. Wolff and leading Experts
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: acTVism Munich
Richard D. Wolff - What is Politics? What are Conservatives, Liberals, Socialists and Communists?
Richard D. Wolff - What is Politics? What are Conservatives, Liberals, Socialists and Communists?
Published: 2017/06/24
Channel: acTVism Munich
What Is Socialism? (socialism explained)
What Is Socialism? (socialism explained)
Published: 2017/12/16
Channel: Bernie Banner
Richard D. Wolff | Perspektiven der Demokratie - Teil 5 von 6
Richard D. Wolff | Perspektiven der Demokratie - Teil 5 von 6
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: acTVism Munich
Capitalism Hits the Fan - Richard Wolff
Capitalism Hits the Fan - Richard Wolff
Published: 2009/12/09
Channel: PHubb
Richard Wolff: On Bernie Sanders and Socialism
Richard Wolff: On Bernie Sanders and Socialism
Published: 2015/07/14
Channel: The Laura Flanders Show
E121. Prof Richard D Wolff - Combining Capitalism in a Future System
E121. Prof Richard D Wolff - Combining Capitalism in a Future System
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: Charles Owen
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Richard D Wolff on Gentrification
Published: 2016/11/27
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Richard D. Wolff
Richard D. Wolff in 2015.jpg
Wolff on The Laura Flanders Show, July 2015
Born (1942-04-01) April 1, 1942 (age 75)[1]
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.[1]
Nationality United States
Spouse(s) Harriet Fraad[2]
Institution Yale University (1967–69)
City College of New York (1969–73)
University of Massachusetts Amherst (1973–present)
The New School (2008–present)[1]
Field Marxian economics; Political economy; International affairs
School or
tradition
Marxian economics
Alma mater Harvard College (B.A., 1963)
Stanford University (M.A., 1964)
Yale University (M.A., M.A., 1966, 1967)
Yale University (Ph.D., 1969)[1]
Influences Karl Marx; Friedrich Engels; Eduard Bernstein;[3] Rosa Luxemburg[4][5]; Antonio Gramsci;[6] George Lukács[6] Paul Sweezy;[7] Paul A. Baran; Louis Althusser; Étienne Balibar
Contributions Marxian economics; economic methodology; class analysis

Richard David Wolff (born April 1, 1942) is an American Marxian economist, well known for his work on Marxian economics, economic methodology, and class analysis. He is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale University, City University of New York, University of Utah, University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and The Brecht Forum in New York City.

In 1988 he co-founded the journal Rethinking Marxism. In 2010, Wolff published Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It, also released as a DVD. He released three new books in 2012: Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, with David Barsamian (San Francisco: City Lights Books), Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian, with Stephen Resnick (Cambridge, MA, and London: MIT University Press), and Democracy at Work (Chicago: Haymarket Books).

Wolff hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI, 99.5 FM, New York City (Pacifica Radio) and is featured regularly in television, print, and internet media. The New York Times Magazine has named him "America's most prominent Marxist economist".[8] Wolff lives in Manhattan with his wife and frequent collaborator, Dr. Harriet Fraad, a practicing psychotherapist.

Early and personal life[edit]

Richard Wolff's parents were European nationals, who immigrated to the United States during WW II. His father, a French lawyer working until that point in Cologne, got work in Youngstown, Ohio as a steel worker (in part because his European certification was not recognized in the United States), and the family eventually settled outside New York City. His mother was a German citizen.[9] Wolff states that his European background influenced his world view: "[E]verything you expect about how the world works probably will be changed in your life, that unexpected things happen, often tragic things happen, and being flexible, being aware of a whole range of different things that happen in the world, is not just a good idea as a thinking person, but it’s crucial to your survival. So, for me, I grew up convinced that understanding the political and economic environment I lived in was an urgent matter that had to be done, and made me a little different from many of my fellow kids in school who didn’t have that sense of the urgency of understanding how the world worked to be able to navigate an unstable and often dangerous world. That was a very important lesson for me."[9] Wolff's father was acquainted with Max Horkheimer. Wolff earned a BA magna cum laude in history from Harvard in 1963 and moved on to Stanford—he attained a MA in economics in 1964—to study with Paul A. Baran. Baran died prematurely from a heart attack in 1964 and Wolff transferred to Yale University, where he received a MA in economics in 1966, MA in history in 1967, and a PhD in economics in 1969. As a graduate student at Yale, Wolff worked as an instructor.[1] His dissertation, "Economic Aspects of British Colonialism in Kenya, 1895–1930",[10] was eventually published in book form in 1974.[11]

In addition to his native English, Wolff is fluent in French and German.[1] Professor Wolff lives in New York City with his wife, Dr. Harriet Fraad, a psychotherapist. They have two adult children.[12]

Professional life[edit]

Wolff taught at the City College of New York from 1969–1973. Here he started his lifelong collaboration with fellow economist Stephen Resnick, who arrived in 1971 after being denied tenure at Yale for signing an anti-war petition[citation needed]. Both would then be part, along with Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, and Rick Edwards, of the "radical package" that was hired in 1973 by the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where Wolff has been full professor since 1981. Wolff retired in 2008 but remains professor emeritus and that year joined The New School as a visiting professor.

The first co-authored academic publication by Wolff and Resnick was "The Theory of Transitional Conjunctures and the Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism,"[13] which laid out the pillars of the framework that they have worked on ever since. They formulated a non-determinist, class-analytical approach for understanding the debates regarding the transition from feudalism to capitalism. Their topics have included Marxian theory and value analysis, overdetermination, radical economics, international trade, business cycles, social formations, the Soviet Union, and comparing and contrasting Marxian and non-Marxian economic theories.

Wolff's work with Resnick took Louis Althusser and Étienne Balibar's Reading Capital as its point of departure and developed a subtle reading of Karl Marx's Capital Volumes II and III in their influential Knowledge and Class. For the authors, Marxian class analysis entails the detailed study of the conditions of existences of concrete forms of performance, appropriation, and distribution of surplus labor. While there could be an infinite number of forms of surplus appropriation, the Marxist canon refers to ancient (independent), slave, feudal, capitalist, and communist class processes.

In 1989, Wolff joined efforts with a group of colleagues, ex- and then current students to launch Rethinking Marxism, an academic journal that aims to create a platform for rethinking and developing Marxian concepts and theories within economics as well as other fields of social inquiry. He continues to serve as a member of both the editorial and the advisory boards of the journal.

Wolff was a visiting professor in spring 1994 at University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Wolff continues to teach graduate seminars and undergraduate courses and direct dissertation research in economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and, most recently, in the graduate program in international affairs (GPIA) at The New School.

A founding member of the Green Party of New Haven, Connecticut, Wolff was the party's mayoral candidate in 1985.[15] In 2011, he called for the establishment of a broad-based left-wing mass party in the United States.[16] Wolff, especially since 2008, gives many public lectures throughout the United States and other countries. He is regular lecturer at the Brecht Forum. Wolff is often a guest on television and radio news programs, and, within the U.S., has appeared on a variety of programs, as well as writing for a number of publications and websites.[12] Wolff hosts a weekly radio program on economics and society, Economic Update, at WBAI in New York City.[17]

One of his students, George Papandreou, went on to become Prime Minister of Greece from 2009 to 2011. Wolff remembers Papandreou as a student who "sought then to become both a sophisticated and a socialist economist."[18] However, CUNY Economics professor Costas Panayotakis observed that "after being elected Greek prime minister in the fall of 2009 on a platform that excoriated austerity as the wrong kind of policy to be adopted at a time of deep economic crisis, George Papandreou has reversed himself and, faced with a debt crisis, called in the International Monetary Fund and imposed the most brutal austerity program the country has ever seen."[19]

Projects[edit]

Prof. Richard Wolff is a co-founder of Democracy at Work, a non-profit media organization that advocates for democratic workplaces as a key part of a transition from capitalism to a new and better economy.[20] The organization is based off his 2012 book, Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.

Politics[edit]

Richard Wolff on Bernie Sanders and Socialism

In July 2015, Wolff endorsed Massachusetts physician and Green Party candidate Jill Stein for President.[21]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Wolff, Richard D. (1974). The Economics of Colonialism. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-01639-5. 
  • Stephen A. Resnick; Richard D. Wolff (1985). Rethinking Marxism: Essays for Harry Magdoff and Paul Sweezy. NY: Autonomedia. 
  • Wolff, Richard D.; Stephen A. Resnick (1987). Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press. ISBN 0-8018-3479-1. 
  • Resnick, Stephen A.; Richard D. Wolff (1987). Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-71021-1. 
  • Fraad, Harriet; Richard Wolff; Stephen Resnick (1994). Bringing It All Back Home: Class, Gender and Power in the Modern Household. Pluto Press. ISBN 0-7453-0707-8. 
  • Wolff, Richard D.; Stephen Resnick; David F. Ruccio (1988). Crisis and Transitions: A Critique of the International Economic Order. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-0757-0. 
  • Gibson-Graham, J.K.; Stephen A. Resnick; Richard D. Wolff (2000). Class and Its Others. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota University Press. ISBN 0-8166-3618-4. 
  • Gibson-Graham, J.K.; Stephen A. Resnick; Richard D. Wolff (2001). Re/Presenting Class: Essays in Postmodern Marxism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-2709-0. 
  • Resnick, Stephen A.; Richard D. Wolff (2002). Class Theory and History: Capitalism and Communism in the USSR. NY: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-93317-X. 
  • Resnick, Stephen A.; Richard D. Wolff (2006). New Departures in Marxian Theory. NY: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-77025-4. 
  • Wolff, Richard D. (2009). Capitalism Hits the Fan. Olive Branch Press. ISBN 1-56656-784-X. 
  • Wolff, Richard D.; Stephen A. Resnick (2012). Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262018005. 
  • Wolff, Richard D. (2012). Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism. Chicago: Haymarket Books. ISBN 978-1608462476. 

Films[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wolff, Richard D. "Wolff C.V." (PDF). Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  2. ^ http://billmoyers.com/guest/richard-wolff/
  3. ^ Crisis and Openings: Introduction to Marxism (2012) on YouTube
  4. ^ Extended interview with prof. Woff on how Marxism influences his work, Democracy Now!, 25 March 2013
  5. ^ http://rdwolff.com/content/prof-wolff-rosa-luxemburg-conference-opening-night-082115
  6. ^ a b Wolff, Richard D. Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, 15 July 1989, ISBN 978-0226710235
  7. ^ "On Moyers & Company" by Richard D. Wolff, 22 February 2013
  8. ^ Davidson, Adam (February 5, 2012). "It Is Safe to Resume Ignoring the Prophets of Doom ... Right?". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Goodman, Amy. "Democracy Now! March 25, 2013 Watch Extended Interview with Economist Richard Wolff on How Marxism Influences His Work". Pacifica Radio. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  10. ^ OCLC 682061093
  11. ^ Wolff, Richard D. (1974). Economics of Colonialism: Britain and Kenya, 1870–1930. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-01639-0. 
  12. ^ a b Wolff, Richard D. "About Professor Richard D. Wolff". Retrieved 2017-08-04. 
  13. ^ Resnick, S. and Wolff, R. (1979). "The Theory of Transitional Conjunctures and the Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism," Review of Radical Political Economics, 11:3, 3–22 and 32–36.
  14. ^ Richard D. Wolff (May 26, 2015). Critics of Capitalism Must Include Its Definition. Truthout. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  15. ^ "Green Party of Connecticut: Election History". Connecticut Green Party. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  16. ^ Wolff, Richard D. (March 13, 2011). "What's left of the American left?". The Guardian. London. 
  17. ^ "Economic Update - Richard D. Wolff". WBAI. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  18. ^ Interview in "To Vima" Newspaper - Greek Publication, 24 January 2011, translated by and uploaded on RDWolff.com
  19. ^ "Capitalism, Socialism, and Economic Democracy: Reflections on Today’s Crisis and Tomorrow’s Possibilities", by Costas Panayotakis, Envisioning a Post-Capitalist Order, December 2010
  20. ^ "About – Democracy at Work". d@w. 2013. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  21. ^ "Endorsing Jill Stein for President: Professor Richard D. Wolff Economist". Retrieved 13 July 2015. 

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