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Karl Marx & the Flaws of Capitalism: Lex Fridman Talks with Professor Richard Wolff

Lex Fridman, a Russian-American pc scientist and synthetic intelligence researcher, hosts a common podcast the place he usually interviews teachers and helps them attain a surprisingly massive viewers. In latest weeks, he’s had lengthy and wide-ranging conversations with NYU social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin (on the historical past of Russia and the Ukraine conflict), and Stanford historian Norman Naimark (on genocide). Above now you can discover his dialog with Marxist economist, Richard Wolff.

Fridman prefaces the prolonged dialog by saying, “It is a heavy matter, normally, and for me personally, given my household historical past within the Soviet Union, in Russia and Ukraine. At present, the phrases Marxism, Socialism and Communism are used to assault and divide, way more than to grasp and study. With this podcast, I search the latter. I imagine we have to research the concepts of Karl Marx, in addition to their varied implementations all through the twentieth and twenty first centuries…. We have to think about significantly the concepts we demonize, and to problem the concepts we dogmatically settle for as true, even when doing so is at occasions disagreeable and harmful.”

You may take heed to their partaking dialog above, or discover it on varied podcasts platforms. Alongside the best way, Wolff underscores the obtrusive deficiencies of capitalism, and why populists on the left and proper are actually searching for options. And Fridman asks whether or not capitalism, regardless of its faults, should be the best choice we’ve got. Wolff and Fridman undoubtedly have completely different worldviews, however the dialog is civil and deep, and price your time.

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