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MOOC | The Free Labor Ideology | The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1861 | 1.6.3 MOOC | The Free Labor Ideology | The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1861 | 1.6.3

>>So my point is that the outlook of this Republican Party that emerges as a Northern party in the 1850s, is an outgrowth of this expanding small-scale capitalist society, a society of, as I say, small farmers, an urban and small-town middle class, a society in which it does still seem possible to work one’s…

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The state of the unions (1995) | THINK TANK The state of the unions (1995) | THINK TANK

Ben Wattenberg: Hello, I’m Ben Wattenberg. The recent AFL-CIO election brought new leaders to America’s labor movement. What happens next? Joining us to discuss the state of American labor are Albert Shanker, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Barry Bluestone, professor of political economy at the University of Massachusetts and author of “Negotiating the…

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Richard Wolff Critiques Libertarian View that Capitalism’s Problem is the Government Richard Wolff Critiques Libertarian View that Capitalism’s Problem is the Government

The notion that the government’s intrusion into the economy is some sort of external influence (some sort of outside intrusion on what would be better left without such intrusions), I would argue based on a lifetime of work in the field we call economic history, that this is a complete illusion. Strong government has been…

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Richard Wolff on the Common Ground between Libertarianism and Socialism Richard Wolff on the Common Ground between Libertarianism and Socialism

I would argue to my libertarian friends, your definition of socialism is strange, and not quite on target. Are there some socialists who are in love with the state, and the power of the state? You bet. You get that. But they have always been socialists who are dead against that, and you seem either…

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Economic Update: Libertarianism Capitalism and Socialism [Trailer] Economic Update: Libertarianism Capitalism and Socialism [Trailer]

So the problems of what we have, for libertarians, are not the result of capitalism, they are the result of the government’s intrusion into capitalism. So since they’re critical of capitalism to the degree that the government is powerful, they’re even more critical of socialists because, for the libertarian, the socialist is even worse. You…

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Richard Wolff on How Competition Leads to Monopolies Richard Wolff on How Competition Leads to Monopolies

Company A produces (however it manages it) a better quality and/or a lower price than Company B. So we all go to company A. Company B can’t find any buyers because it’s not competitive. Or, to say the same thing in other words, Company A outcompetes Company B. Here’s what happens. Company B collapses because…

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Economic Update: Competition and Monopoly In Capitalism [Trailer] Economic Update: Competition and Monopoly In Capitalism [Trailer]

The idea here is “if only we can get competition back, recreate a competitive capitalism, why then the problems we face will go away.” Today’s program is that designed to show you how and why that is not the case. This nice story that capitalism is basically fine, it’s just a monopoly form we have…

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Richard Wolff on 3 Mistakes of Thinking the Problem is Monopolies, Not Capitalism Richard Wolff on 3 Mistakes of Thinking the Problem is Monopolies, Not Capitalism

So it’s comforting, in that situation, to get the idea from somewhere that this really isn’t a problem of capitalism as a system but rather the problem brought in somehow from the outside: monopoly. A situation in which competition among many companies gives way, in some way we’re not quite sure about, to a domination…

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William Morris’ “How I Became a Socialist” and the Children’s Employment Commission Report William Morris’ “How I Became a Socialist” and the Children’s Employment Commission Report

In this video lecture, we’re going to talk about William Morris’ “How I Became a Socialist” and the Children’s Employment Commission Report of the Commissioners on Child Mine Workers in Yorkshire. So these are both sections, both writings, about the problems of industrial Britain, of the industrial Victorian Era. So William Morris writes, in “How…

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