The Unequaled Prof. Richard D Wolff: Socialism for Dummies, Marxism and More!

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Professor Richard D. Wolff

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Comment from the Editor, Thomas Baldwin:  The purpose of the blog is to give a good introduction to the outstanding Professor Richard D. Wolff and his superb lectures on Socialism, Marxism and the failing state of Capitalism.  There is probably no one in the country more prolific at this time and who can explain these subjects with clarity, good humor and a historical perspective.  I strongly recommend everyone visit his sites, Democracy at Work and Professor Richard D. Wolff.  Sign up and give generously to support his good works in education.

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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!

Professor Richard D. Wolff continues his lecture on socialism…. The Past, Present and possible future of America!
 
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Published on Feb 14, 2015

ACLU SoCal, L.A. Progressive and Occidental College hosted Richard Wolff for a discussion on economic rights and reform, on February 10, 2015 at Occidental College.

ACLU SoCal, L.A. Progressive and Occidental College hosted Richard Wolff for a discussion on economic rights and reform, on February 10, 2015 at Occidental C…
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Published on Jul 22, 2015

Global Capitalism: Monthly Economic Update

Richard D. Wolff
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 7:30pm
“Winners and Losers in Today’s Shifting Capitalism”
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These programs begin with 30 minutes of short updates on important economic events of the last month. Then Wolff analyzes several major economic issues. For July 22nd, these will include:
1. Greece and the choking of Europe’s welfare state
2. Capitalism’s shift from “old centers” (north America, western Europe, and Japan) to “new centers” (China, India, Brazil, etc.) brings harsh politics
3. Financing workers coops as a better way forward

Global Capitalism: Monthly Economic Update Richard D. Wolff Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 7:30pm “Winners and Losers in Today’s Shifting Capitalism” _____ Wh…
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Published on Feb 22, 2013

Economist Richard Wolff joins Bill to shine light on the disaster left behind in capitalism’s wake, and discusses how to battle for economic justice. A noted professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and now visiting professor at Manhattan’s New School, Wolff has written many books on the effects of rampant capitalism, including Capitalism Hits the Fan.

 

 

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Published on Aug 4, 2014

Professor Richard D. Wolff. is one of the world’s leading Marxian economists and is a professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, where he taught from 1973 to 2008. He is also currently currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. He is also a founding member of the Green Party of New Haven Connecticut, is the host of Economic Update, at WBAI in New York City, and has co-authored 13 books, most recently “Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism” in 2012.
Do we have true capitalism? What exactly is Marxism, and why does it exist? Most Americans have a knee-jerk reaction against Marxism, but is it fully justified to not even speak of it? What political histories and structures are compatible with different economic systems? Is there a positive role Marxism has taken in national and world economies?
Avowed capitalist Cenk Uygur discusses these questions and much more with Professor Richard D. Wolff.

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Published on Jul 14, 2015

This week: On Sanders and Socialism. Is socialism still an American taboo? Not so much, says professor Richard Wolff; nor was it in the past, says Nation columnist John Nichols. Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, and a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York City. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books, including his most recent; Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown 2010- 2014, and he hosts the weekly Economic Update podcast. John Nichols’ many books include The “S” Word: A Short History of an American Tradition…Socialism, and, most recently, Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America. This episode also features an commentary from Laura on renaming capitalism.

 

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Published on Jun 30, 2015
Professor Wolff catches up with Kshama Sawant for a one-on-one interview where they discuss the growing progressive movement in America.

Professor Wolff catches up with Kshama Sawant for a one-on-one interview where they discuss the growing progressive movement in America. ……. Professor Wo…
 
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About Prof. Richard D Wolff

 

Academic positions

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

Earlier he taught economics at Yale University (1967-1969) and at the City College of the City University of New York (1969-1973). In 1994, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Paris (France), I (Sorbonne).

Education

BA in History from Harvard College (1963);
MA in Economics from Stanford University (1964);
MA in History from Yale University (1967); and a
PhD in Economics from Yale University (1969)

Published work

Richard WolffOver the last twenty five years, in collaboration with his colleague, Stephen Resnick, he has developed a new approach to political economy. While it retains and systematically elaborates the Marxist notion of class as surplus labor, it rejects the economic determinism typical of most schools of economics and usually associated with Marxism as well. This new approach appears in several books co-authored by Resnick and Wolff and numerous articles by them separately and together. Common to all of Professor Wolff’s work are two central components. The first is the introduction of class, in its elaborated surplus labor definition, as a new “entry point” of social analysis. The second is the concept of overdetermination as the logic of an analytic project that is consistently non-determinist. Professor Wolff was also among the founders in 1988 of the new academic association, Association of Economic and Social Analysis (AESA), and its quarterly journal Rethinking Marxism.

Since 2005, Professor Wolff has written many shorter analytical pieces focused chiefly although not only on the emerging and then exploding global capitalist crisis. He regularly published such shorter analytical pieces on the website of the Monthly Review magazine and occasionally in many other publications, both print and electronic. The wide circulation of the shorter pieces coupled with the deepening crisis brought many invitations to present work in public forums.

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BOOKS BY RICHARD D WOLFF

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    Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

    Oct 2, 2012

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    Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It

    Jun 3, 2013

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    Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical

    Aug 1, 1987 | Bargain Price

    by Richard D. Wolff and Stephen A. Resnick
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    Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism (City Lights Open Media)

    May 8, 2012

    by Richard D. Wolff and David Barsamian
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    Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian

    Sep 7, 2012

    by Richard D. Wolff and Stephen A. Resnick
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    Capitalism Hits the Fan

    Sep 10, 2012

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    Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown

    2009  DVD

  • Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy

    Jul 15, 1989

    by Product DetailsStephen A. Resnick and Richard D. Wolff

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  • Class Theory and History: Capitalism and Communism in the USSR

    Jul 14, 2002

    by Stephen A. Resnick and Richard D. Wolff
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    The Message: The Reselling of President Obama

    Sep 17, 2013

TPP Stumbles: Obama’s Big Smack Down!

Comment by the Editor, Thomas Baldwin:  I believe this is significant good news for all Americans and, indeed, all people of the world.  This means that Obama and his corporate fascist sponsors were stopped in their “tracks”.  In particular, Fast Track is at least temporarily defused and TPP is blocked from moving forward.  Sorry, Mr. President, it doesn’t look like you’re going to get this monstrous give away for Christmas!!  This report from Lori Wallach is one of the most knowledgable persons in the country on global trade.

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Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch seeks to ensure that in this era of globalization, all Americans can enjoy economic security, a clean environment, safe food, medicines and products, access to quality affordable services such as health care and the exercise of democratic decision-making in matters that affect them and theircommunities. Learn more about GTW.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Contact: Lori Wallach    lwallach@citizen.org   July 31, 2015 Melinda St. Louis (c). 202-441-7579

Yet Another ‘Final’ TPP Ministerial and Again No Deal; Not Surprising Given Growing Controversy Over TPP Threats Here and in Other Nations.

Statement of Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch:

Today’s fourth “final” TPP ministerial without a deal means the clock has run out on possible U.S. congressional votes in 2015. No deal means the TPP is thrown into the political maelstrom of the U.S. presidential cycle and with opposition building in many countries there are reduced chances that a deal will ever be reached on a pact that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman declared to be in its “end game” in 2013 but that has become ever more controversial since. It’s good news for people and the planet that no deal was done at this final do-or-die meeting given the TPP’s threats to jobs, wages, safe food, affordable medicines and more.

Only the beleaguered negotiators and most of the 600 official U.S. trade advisors representing corporate interests wanted this deal, which recent polling shows is unpopular in most of the countries involved. This ministerial was viewed as a do-or-die moment to inject momentum into the TPP process, so this Maui meltdown in part reflects how controversial the TPP is in many of the involved nations and how little latitude governments feel to make concessions to get a deal.

The intense U.S. national political battle over trade authority was just a preview of the massive opposition the TPP would face once members of Congress and the public see the specific TPP terms that threaten their interests. Given the damaging impacts that some TPP proposals could have for many people, it’s not surprising that the same set of issues including investor-state dispute resolution and medicine patents as well as market access issues like sugar, dairy, and rules-of-origin on manufactured goods like autos remain deadlocked given they will determine whether a final pact is politically viable in various TPP countries.

Many of the 28 House Democrats who supported Fast Track authority for Obama explicitly said that their support for the TPP relied on certain goals being met, including strong, enforceable labor and environmental standards, and no rolling back of past patent rule reforms relating to access to medicines – terms meeting the “May 2007” standard that elements of the TPP do not meet.

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 The Fast Track timeline for a U.S. congressional vote on the TPP: As this memo explains, under the Fast Track bill passed last month, various congressional notice and report filing requirements add up to about four and one half months between notice of a final deal and congressional votes being taken. Thus, unless there is a final TPP to go along with today’s press announcement so that formal notice to Congress can be given immediately, it is already too late for a TPP vote in Congress in 2015.

 Congressional Letters Raising Doubts on the TPP’s Prospects: On July 30, 19 pro-Fast Track Democrats sent a letter laying out necessary environmental terms for an acceptable deal; on July 29, 18 pro-Fast Track Democrats sent a letter about lack of enforcement in current and future trade agreements and demanding action against Peru for violations of environmental terms in its bilateral U.S. trade deal. Twelve Democrats who supported Fast Track and 12 GOP members were among the 160 Representatives signing a letter decrying Malaysia’s inclusion in the TPP and the upgrade of Malaysia’s Human Trafficking status. Since Fast Track’s passage, a series of letters have been sent by U.S. representatives and senators insisting that the TPP include enforceable disciplines against currency cheating in its core text.

 Polling: As this memo shows, recent polling reveals broad U.S. public opposition to more of the same trade deals among Independents, Republicans and Democrats. While Americans support trade, they do not support an expansion of status quo trade policies, complicating the push for the TPP. Furthermore, recent Pew polls in many of the TPP nations show that, outside Vietnam, the deal does not have strong support.

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TPP Ministerial Deadlock by Stephen Lendman

Chris Hedges: Boycott Israel’s “Apartheid” State

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Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 35 Image by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 30, 2015

In an exclusive interview, investigative journalist Chris Hedges talks about his experience during last year’s destructive Israeli siege of Gaza. He explains what he saw as an “apartheid regime” and how the violence on the ground pushed him to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel. Hedges also explores the fractured relationship between the US and Israel. Watch the full interview with RT’s Anya Parampil.

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Cornel West and Richard Wolff: Marxism, Capitalism and Wage Slavery

Originally posted on Dandelion Salad:

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Dandelion Salad

with Cornel West and Richard D. Wolff

GRITtv on Jul 28, 2015

A conversation about capitalism with two brilliant minds, Cornel West and Richard D. Wolff, together in a rare joint appearance. Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, and author most recently of Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown 2010- 2014/ Dr. Cornel West has written or edited dozens of books, including classics like Race Matters, and Democracy Matters. His most recent is Black Prophetic Fire, written in conversation with Christa Buschendorf. Also in the show, activist Manju Rajendran tells us about a small business that is successfully operating under an anti-capitalist economic paradigm. And Laura raises questions about the record-setting settlement with BP over drilling disaster in the Gulf Coast.

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The Globalization of War. America’s “Long War” against Humanity by MIchel Chossudovsky

Reprinted from Global Research Newsletter

The Globalization of War. America’s “Long War” against Humanity

New book by Michel Chossudovsky from Global Research Publishers

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America’s hegemonic project in the post 9/11 era is the “Globalization of War” whereby the U.S.-NATO  military machine –coupled with covert intelligence operations, economic sanctions and the thrust of “regime change”— is deployed in all major regions of the world.  The threat of pre-emptive nuclear war is also used to black-mail countries into submission.

This “Long War against Humanity” is carried out at the height of the most serious economic crisis in modern history. It is intimately related to a process of global financial restructuring, which has resulted in the collapse of national economies and the impoverishment of large sectors of the World population.

The ultimate objective is World conquest under the cloak of “human rights” and “Western democracy”.

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“Professor Michel Chossudovsky is the most realistic of all foreign policy commentators. He is a model of integrity in analysis, his book provides an honest appraisal of the extreme danger that U.S. hegemonic neoconservatism poses to life on earth.”

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

““The Globalization of War” comprises war on two fronts: those countries that can either be “bought” or destabilized. In other cases, insurrection, riots and wars are used to solicit U.S. military intervention. Michel Chossudovsky’s book is a must read for anyone who prefers peace and hope to perpetual war, death, dislocation and despair.”

Hon. Paul Hellyer, former Canadian Minister of National Defence

“Michel Chossudovsky describes globalization as a hegemonic weapon that empowers the financial elites and enslaves 99 percent of the world’s population.

“The Globalization of War” is diplomatic dynamite – and the fuse is burning rapidly.”

Michael Carmichael, President, the Planetary Movement

The Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity

by Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research Publishers, Montreal 2015

Excerpt from Preface 

The “globalization of war” is a hegemonic project.  Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Far East. The U.S. military agenda combines both major theater operations as well as covert actions geared towards destabilizing sovereign states.

Under a global military agenda, the actions undertaken by the Western military alliance (U.S.-NATO-Israel) in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq are coordinated at the highest levels of the military hierarchy. We are not dealing with piecemeal military and intelligence operations. The July-August 2014 attack on Gaza by Israeli forces was undertaken in close consultation with the United States and NATO. The actions in Ukraine and their timing coincided with the onslaught of the attack on Gaza.

In turn, military undertakings are closely coordinated with a process of economic warfare which consists not only in imposing sanctions on sovereign countries but also in deliberate acts of destabilization of financial and currencies markets, with a view to undermining the enemies’ national economies.

The United States and its allies have launched a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity. As we go to press, U.S.and NATO forces have been deployed in Eastern Europe including Ukraine. U.S. military intervention under a humanitarian mandate is proceeding in sub-Saharan Africa. The U.S. and its allies are threatening China under President Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”.

In turn, military maneuvers are being conducted at Russia’s doorstep which could potentially lead to escalation.

The U.S. airstrikes initiated in September 2014 directed against Iraq and Syria under the pretext of going after the Islamic State are part of a scenario of military escalation extending from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean to Central and South Asia.

The Western military alliance is in an advanced state of readiness. And so is Russia.

Russia is heralded as the “Aggressor”. U.S.-NATO military confrontation with Russia is contemplated.

Enabling legislation in the U.S. Senate under “The Russian Aggression Prevention Act” (RAPA) has “set the U.S. on a path towards direct military conflict with Russia in Ukraine.”

“Any U.S.-Russian war is likely to quickly escalate into a nuclear war, since neither the U.S. nor Russia would be willing to admit defeat, both have many thousands of nuclear weapons ready for instant use, and both rely upon Counterforce military doctrine that tasks their military, in the event  of war, to pre-emptively destroy the nuclear forces of the enemy.”

The Russian Aggression Prevention Act (RAPA) is the culmination of more than twenty years of U.S.-NATO war preparations,which consist in the military encirclement of both Russia and China:

“From the moment the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the United States has relentlessly pursued a strategy of encircling Russia, just as it has with other perceived enemies like China and Iran. It has brought 12 countries in central Europe, all of them formerly allied with Moscow, into the NATO alliance. U.S. military power is now directly on Russia’s borders.”

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About the author:

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research.  He has taught as visiting professor in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. He has served as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has acted as a consultant for several international organizations. He is the author of eleven books including The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005), The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the Twenty-first Century (2009) (Editor), Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011), The Globalization of War, America’s Long War against Humanity (2015). He is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. In 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit of the Republic of Serbia for his writings on NATO’s war of aggression against Yugoslavia. He can be reached at crgeditor@yahoo.com

Three Recent Blog Posts as Tributes to the Works of Chris Hedges by Thomas Baldwin

 

Hedges book, Days of Rebellion

 

INCLUDED IN THIS BLOG ARE THREE SEPARATE BLOGS I HAVE PUBLISHED RECENTLY RECOGNIZING THE EXTENSIVE BODY OF THE WORKS OF CHRIS HEDGES.  THE EMPHASIS IN UPON VIDEO PRESENTATIONS HE HAS MADE OF HIS BOOKS, BUT ALSO INCLUDES SPECIAL RELATED TOPICS.

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Honoring the Works of Chris Hedges, No. 2, Important Video Presentations and Books

chrishedgesComposed by Thomas Baldwin

July 25, 2015

INTRODUCTION:

In “Honoring the Works of Chris Hedges, No. 1”  I focused on his most recent work, especially his new book, “Wages of Rebellion:  The Moral Imperative of Revolt” by showing at least two video presentations he had made since the book’s release. Included in that blog were also a Hedges and Richard Wolff presentation on “Marx, the System is the Problem”, Hedges interviews with scholar Sheldon Wolin (and his concept of Inverted Totalitarianism), a multipart interview of Scheer on “They Know Everything About You” and a Gary Null audio interview of Hedges.  In Hedges most recent book and in his talks he displays his knowledge of revolts and revolutions that he has directly witnessed in other countries, and applies his knowledge of history in concluding that the U.S. needs a full scale revolution to rid ourselves of the “Corporate State” and the two party Duopoly which has become its servant.  He further concludes that no meaningful change can occur within the electoral system with its current dominance from corporate elite control.

 

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Honoring the Works of Chris Hedges–No. I– by Thomas Baldwin

chrishedgesThe months of  May-June, 2015, Chris Hedges launched and conducted a tour for what must be one of his best and most significant  books. It is entitled “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt”.  Here is a short description as provided with the Amazon advertisement where one can also get a sneak peak.  Then I present a few of his speeches on YouTube given with his book presentations in two or three locations.  Note that an excellent listing of his work with Truthdig is also given on Truthdig.com at this site.

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

 

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Why Thomas Paine’s Common Sense Is Important: Chris Hedges, Cornel West, and Richard Wolff (2014)

Published on Dec 12, 2014

From the 2014 Left Forum in NYC
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Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736] – June 8, 1809) was an English and American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”.
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ABOUT THE EDITOR:  THOMAS BALDWIN
Thomas Baldwin holds a Ph.D in Physics and an MBA in Management. He was a Solid State researcher  at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory specializing in neutron radiation damage of metals.  In 1969 he received  the national Sidhu Award for being “an outstanding young scientist for contributions in the field of diffraction.”  He went on to Southern Illinois University to become a professor and Chair of the Department of Physics.  In 1980 he moved to Boulder, Co and became an independent  consultant in energy related issues at the Colorado Research Institute.  He formed the Boulder Consulting Group  to be consultants to corporations on Management and Leadership problems. In about 1998 he became a professor of Management at Colorado Technical University, where he developed and taught courses in Project Management and offering one of the first courses of its type for the IBM system.  He is now formally retired and focusing on writing blogs on the political sector at his blog site: www.proactvoice.wordpress.com  He now resides in Biloxi, Mississippi and his concentration remains one of describing major problems in the political sector and public institutions  including  problems with democracy, capitalism and socio-economic issues. He can be reached at doctom2010@yahoo.com

Why Thomas Paine’s Common Sense Is Important: Chris Hedges, Cornel West, and Richard Wolff (2014)

Published on Dec 12, 2014

From the 2014 Left Forum in NYC
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Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736] – June 8, 1809) was an English and American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”.
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Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736] – June 8, 1809) was an English and American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”.

Born in Thetford, England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Virtually every rebel read (or listened to a reading) of his powerful pamphlet Common Sense (1776), which crystallized the rebellious demand for independence from Great Britain. His The American Crisis (1776–83) was a prorevolutionary pamphlet series. Common Sense was so influential that John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

Paine lived in France for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution. He wrote Rights of Man (1791), in part a defense of the French Revolution against its critics. His attacks on British writer Edmund Burke led to a trial and conviction in absentia in 1792 for the crime of seditious libel. In 1792, despite not being able to speak French, he was elected to the French National Convention. The Girondists regarded him as an ally. Consequently, the Montagnards, especially Robespierre, regarded him as an enemy.

In December 1793, he was arrested and imprisoned in Paris, then released in 1794. He became notorious because of his pamphlet The Age of Reason (1793–94), in which he advocated deism, promoted reason and free thought, and argued against institutionalized religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular. He also wrote the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1795), discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. In 1802, he returned to the U.S. where he died on June 8, 1809. Only six people attended his funeral as he had been ostracized for his ridicule of Christianity.

Thomas Paine has a claim to the title The Father of the American Revolution because of Common Sense, the pro-independence monograph pamphlet he anonymously published on January 10, 1776; signed “Written by an Englishman”, the pamphlet became an immediate success.[21] It quickly spread among the literate, and, in three months, 100,000 copies (estimated 500,000 total including unauthorized editions sold during the course of the Revolution)[22] sold throughout the American British colonies (with only two million free inhabitants), making it the best-selling American title of the period.[22][23] Paine’s original title for the pamphlet was Plain Truth; Paine’s friend, pro-independence advocate Benjamin Rush, suggested Common Sense instead.

The pamphlet came into circulation in January 1776, after the Revolution had started. It was passed around, and often read aloud in taverns, contributing significantly to spreading the idea of republicanism, bolstering enthusiasm for separation from Britain, and encouraging recruitment for the Continental Army. Paine provided a new and convincing argument for independence by advocating a complete break with history. Common Sense is oriented to the future in a way that compels the reader to make an immediate choice. It offers a solution for Americans disgusted with and alarmed at the threat of tyranny.[24]

Paine was not, on the whole, expressing original ideas in Common Sense, but rather employing rhetoric as a means to arouse resentment of the Crown. To achieve these ends, he pioneered a style of political writing suited to the democratic society he envisioned, with Common Sense serving as a primary example. Part of Paine’s work was to render complex ideas intelligible to average readers of the day, with clear, concise writing unlike the formal, learned style favored by many of Paine’s contemporaries.[25] Scholars have put forward various explanations to account for its success, including the historic moment, Paine’s easy-to-understand style, his democratic ethos, and his use of psychology and ideology.

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EXCELLENT BLOG BY JILL DALTON OF THE ABOVE PRESENTATION:

THE ANATOMY OF REVOLUTION: PART I: THOMAS PAINE

 A Report from the Left Forum (6-1-14) with: Chris Hedges, Dr. Cornel West, and Richard Wolff.

Moderated by: Laura Flanders.

By Jill Dalton, NYC June 5, 2014

This seminar was part of the Left Forum’s three day symposium,Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice, held at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City (May 30 – June 1). The turn out at this conference was their largest to date, which I consider a very good sign.

Chris Hedges, Dr. Cornel West and Richard Wolff began a ten-part series starting with, according to Chris Hedges, America’s only real revolutionist, Thomas Paine. In Paine’s three great works,Common Sense, The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason, he laid down the foundations by which rebellion is morally and legally permissible. With the rise of the corporate state, they ask whether the conditions set by Paine have been met, and if Paine’s call to overthrow British tyranny should be our own.

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FINALLY i HAVE ADDED A FREE AUDIO BOOK “COMMON SENSE” BY THOMAS PAINE

Published on Nov 13, 2013

Common Sense by Thomas Paine, Audiobook, Audio Philosophy.
Thomas Paine has a claim to the title The Father of the American Revolution because of Common Sense, the pro-independence monograph pamphlet he anonymously published on January 10, 1776; signed “Written by an Englishman”, the pamphlet became an immediate success. It quickly spread among the literate, and, in three months, 100,000 copies (estimated 500,000 total including pirated editions sold during the course of the Revolution) sold throughout the American British colonies (with only two million free inhabitants), making it the best-selling book ever. Paine’s original title for the pamphlet was Plain Truth; Paine’s friend, pro-independence advocate Benjamin Rush, suggested Common Sense instead.
The pamphlet appeared in January 1776, after the Revolution had started. It was passed around, and often read aloud in taverns, contributing significantly to spreading the idea of republicanism, bolstering enthusiasm for separation from Britain, and encouraging recruitment for the Continental Army. Paine provided a new and convincing argument for independence by advocating a complete break with history. Common Sense is oriented to the future in a way that compels the reader to make an immediate choice. It offers a solution for Americans disgusted and alarmed at the threat of tyranny. (Introduction by Wikipedia)
Common Sense by Thomas Paine [Philosophy Audiobook]

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