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15. Recently, I listened to a lecture by Richard Wolff.
Sun Mar 8, 2020, 04:25 PM
Mar 2020

He mentioned that when he was pursuing his degrees in economics in the 1960s (at Harvard, Stanford, and Yale), the entire curriculum was neoclassical and Keynesian. Alternate perspectives were strictly out of bounds during the height of the cold war, and he had to take it on himself to read Marx and other critics of capitalism. It didn't seem as though he was trying to convince the audience that capitalism is bad, or that socialism is good, just that if one is truly trying to understand something, it doesn't make sense to pay attention to only one side of the story - one needs to hear out the champions, the dissenters, and everyone in between. In his opinion, the taboo on considering critiques of capitalism has only recently been lifted, and he considers that to be a positive development.

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