with Abby Martin
Empire Files on Oct 10, 2015
The Empire has a range of weapons to maintain its power: from its courts to its military. But it also has effective ideological weapons.
Everyone in the United States knows that “socialist” or “communist” is considered a bad word. How did things get that way?
Abby Martin explores the history of anti-communism in America, and the heavy repression of an idea that became an unofficial religion.
Understanding Marxism and Socialism
Originally posted March 18, 2016
teleSUR English on Mar 18, 2016
Despite a concerted effort by the U.S. Empire to snuff out the ideology, a 2016 poll found young Americans have a much more favorable view of socialism than capitalism.
Though he died 133 years ago, the analysis put forward by one of the world’s most influential thinkers, Karl Marx, remains extremely relevant today. The Empire’s recent rigged presidential election has been disrupted by the support of an avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders, by millions of voters.
To find out why Marx’s popularity has stood the test of time, Abby Martin interviews renowned Marxist economist Richard Wolff, Professor Emeritus of Economics at UMass – Amherst, and visiting professor at the New School in New York.
Prof. Wolff gives an introduction suited for both beginners and seasoned Marxists, with comprehensive explanations of key tenets of Marxism including dialectical and historical materialism, surplus value, crises of overproduction, capitalism’s internal contradictions, and more.
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