George Orwell, the Military Industrial Complex & the Emancipation of Labour | With Richard D. Wolff
In this video we talk to Professor of Economics Emeritus (University of Massachusetts), Marxist economist and founder of Democracy at Work, Richard D. Wolff, about George Orwell’s famous book called “1984”, and in particular, the excerpts pertaining to the military expenditure and war. In addition we also discuss the rationale behind the $700 billion U.S. military budget and why it continues to grow in scope. Lastly we touch upon the left’s perspective on work and whether the goal should be full employment or the emancipation of labour from work.
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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).
He is a co-founder and contributor of Democracy at Work, a non-profit organization that promotes democratic workplaces as a key part of a transition to a better economic system. Wolff has published many books and articles, both scholarly and popular. Most recently, in 2012, he published the books 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). The New York Times Magazine has named him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist.
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