Saturday, July 14, 2012

Who Gets The "Surplus"?

Imagine you are a psychologist whose job it is to analyze a particular family in order to offer the parents the best & most accurate advice for helping them improve the relationships with their two children.

You interview the first child who enters with a hop and a skip and throughout your interview has nothing but the highest of praise & glowing respect for her parents and her relationship with them. Great! With a warm feeling in your belly you think forward to the conversation you will be having with the lucky parents and imagine the happy smiles that will cross their faces at hearing the great news. :)

... and then into the room plods the second child and with a lurch the warmness you were feeling an instant before vanishes at seeing a frown of such epic proportions it seems the corners of this one's mouth are dragging along the floor. Oh, my! As you sit with this child the news only get worse from there as an entirely opposite and critical portrait of the family is elaborated to you in vast detail. :(

If faced with such a difficult & contrary set of views what might be the correct course of action to take? Would it be right in such circumstances to ignore the second child's account and seek to play into the emotional wishes of the parents OR would we have a responsibility to bring both childs' perspectives to the table so as to give the parents the most honest & accurate view of the realities at hand?

Today and throughout recent history, and especially for those of us within the United States, we are in similar circumstances as it relates to our views on the dominant political & economic arrangement of our age – Capitalism. For quite some time now when it comes to the "family" of our nation, and those similarly aligned, it seems we have chosen or have been taught that only the "happy" perspectives – those that play into the prejudices & desires of the established order – are all that we should be paying attention to while any others, be them not so flattering, be expunged or even allowed to enter our minds in the first place. In one word – "taboo".

In the hope of opening the floor to some of "those other" kids in our global family and to expand our vision accordingly, this next four-part eye-opening course from Economist Emeritus Richard Wolff about a particular Political Economist – who here in the West has certainly been branded "that bad kid with the frown" – is a must see (or listen) for anyone seeking a world built upon the pillars of brother/sisterhood, equality and liberty.

Richard Wolff – Marxian Economics – An Intensive Introduction

NOTE: If you wish to listen to this course instead it is also available in audio form.

Session 1:

Session 2:

Session 3:

Session 4:

If you are interested in more from Professor Wolff feel free to hop here.

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