Profs Richard Wolff and David Harvey are probably the two most prominent Marxists, Wolff prefers Marxian, today. Prof Wolff is a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. Prof Harvey is a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Both are traveling and lecturing like they never have before. They write interesting books. Interest in and sales of Marx’s Capital are up all over the world. They will be our guides in the study of Marxian economics.
I don’t think one has to become a Marxian scholar to understand what Marx teaches us about capitalism. He didn’t like it because it didn’t deliver the promises of the French Revolution, liberty, equality and brotherhood. Prof Wolff repeats this often in his various lecture series. He also repeats that Marx wrote very little about socialism or communism; his interest was in capitalism. He saw capitalism as the main factor in preventing the attainment of the goals of the French Revolution.
The first video in our discussion is Prof Wolff’s Introduction to Marxian Economics, a course with 4 sessions of about 2 hours duration each. YouTube has segmented each Session into 6 or 8 parts, each of about 15 minutes. It has a total of 30 parts. It’s an autoplay link so it will play each part in sequence. You can bookmark where you leave off.
Today’s discussion will cover Session 1, parts 1 and 2. These are typical course intro stuff and a good history of who Marx was.
Suggested Reading for discussion whenever:
Prof Richard Wolff‘s site.
Prof David Harvey‘s site.
I’m gonna be a little late. Have to go to the bank before I get home for lunch. In the meantime y’all might want to watch the video from TRNN I posted this morning at the Diner: Is Capitalism bankrupt?