Socialism “101” and Socialism for Dummies–Poccast and Videos

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It’s an American symbol. The rose, on the other hand, is the most widely used symbol by democratic socialist, social democratic, and labor parties.Aug 29, 2013

New Appeal to Reason: The Rose: Symbol of Socialism  newappeal.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-rose-symbol-of-socialism.html

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It is frequently mentioned in presentations on the subject of Socialism that groups of Americans are beginning to realize that Capitalism is failing, perhaps catastrophically.  Along with that obsservation, many in the alternative media are regularly giving evidence that the Americxan Empire is in decline and giving way to a multipolar powers which include both Russia and China.  Even the all powerful Military Industrial Complex (MIC) is being met with new challenges by these powers.

Although some believe from polling data the favor of Socialism over Capitalism appears to be gaining strength, one must question whether people really have an indepth understanding of what that actually means.  This is because media forces with the help of policial forces have continually demonized Socialism as being equivalent to Communism since the period of the Cold War and as far back as the 1920’s.  Years of indoctrination and false information have served as an impediment for Americans to learn much about Socialism and, thankfully this is changing.

This report and subsequent ones will serve to better inform the public because the need for a new system and a new way of thinking is being clearly demonstrated from Capitalism failure to address the masses economic and basic needs.  The income/wealth distribution has reached disastrous levels with extremely harmful results and resuling in increasing levels of American distress, with increased levels of societal unrest.

I present here two important and somewhat recent presentations.  The first is a podcast by Carson’s Corner.  The first thirty minutes of the podcast is a presentation entitled “Socialism 101” and given by Christopher Driscoll.  A converstation continues by Bob Carson and Thomas Baldwin contributing.

The main presentations here are YouTube presentations by Professor Richard Wolff which are entitled “Socialism for Dummies” and are part of his monthly program.  Readers and viewers are strongly urged to subscribe to Professor Wolff’s work which can be reached at www.rdwolff.com and www.democracyatwork.info.

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Carson’s Corner: Socialism 101

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Join us Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at 11 pm Eastern Standard Time, for Carson’s Corner with the Election Boycott Advocates. On Carson’s Corner, we discuss the news and events of the last week, with a socialist, revolutionary, and non-electoral perspective.This week’s episode is devoted to a special topic: socialism, what is it and what is it not?

With most of the country favoring ideas and programs first introduced by socialists; with more than half of all millennials and 36 percent of all adults favoring socialism over capitalism, there are more people interested in socialism now than possibly at any other time in U.S. history, certainly more than in the memories of most alive today.

This turn toward socialist ideas and away from blind faith in capitalism presents a excellent opportunity for the revolutionary socialist left to promote our ideas, to recruit to the revolutionary socialist movement and to organize.

It also presents great risks and potential pitfalls. Over the last 8 years, as the economic downturn known as “The Great Recession,” has pushed large numbers of working class, and even middle class people to seek an alternative to the calamity of capitalism, there have been many faux socialists, pied pipers and charlatans attempting to win these tens of millions of new socialists over to some tired, old, failed strategies. Chief among those failed ideas are reformism, electoralism, parliamentarianism, reliance on the American plutocratic form of government and the twin parties of capitalism, the Democrats and Republicans.

We will discuss why those strategies failed and why only revolutionary socialism offers a solution.  Join us, and call in with your questions and comments at: (347) 326-9749

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Published on May 17, 2015

Professor Richard D. Wolff explains in 50 minutes what socialism is NOT.
Where does the American fear of Socialism, Communism and Marxism come from?

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Published on Jun 14, 2015

Professor Richard D. Wolff continues his lecture on socialism….
The Past, Present and possible future of America!

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Published on Apr 25, 2016

Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Friday, April 22, 2016
4:45–6:30 pm

Levy Economics Institute Conference Room

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is 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, and the University of Paris I (Sorbonne). Wolff has published many books and articles, both scholarly and popular. Most recently, in 2012, he published Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism (Haymarket Books) and Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian, with Stephen Resnick (Cambridge, MA, and London: MIT University Press). He writes regularly for Truthout.org and has been interviewed on The Charlie Rose Show, Up With Chris Hayes, Bill Maher’s Real Time, RT-TV, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera English, Thom Hartman, National Public Radio, Alternative Radio, and many other radio and TV programs in the United States and abroad. The New York Times Magazine has named him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist.” Sponsored by: Economics Club; Economics Program; Hannah Arendt Center; Levy Economics Institute.

For more information, call 845-758-7714, or e-mail khitaris@levy.org

 

 

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