Lex Fridman, a Russian-American laptop scientist and synthetic intelligence researcher, hosts a widespread podcast the place he usually interviews teachers and helps them attain a surprisingly giant viewers. In current weeks, he’s had lengthy and wide-ranging conversations with NYU social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin (on the historical past of Russia and the Ukraine struggle), and Stanford historian Norman Naimark (on genocide). Above now you can discover his dialog with Marxist economist, Richard Wolff.
Fridman prefaces the prolonged dialog by saying, “This can be a heavy subject, normally, and for me personally, given my household historical past within the Soviet Union, in Russia and Ukraine. At this time, the phrases Marxism, Socialism and Communism are used to assault and divide, far more than to know and be taught. With this podcast, I search the latter. I consider we have to examine the concepts of Karl Marx, in addition to their numerous implementations all through the twentieth and twenty first centuries…. We have to take into account severely the concepts we demonize, and to problem the concepts we dogmatically settle for as true, even when doing so is at instances disagreeable and harmful.”
You possibly can take heed to their participating dialog above, or discover it on numerous podcasts platforms. Alongside the best way, Wolff underscores the obvious deficiencies of capitalism, and why populists on the left and proper at the moment are searching for alternate options. And Fridman asks whether or not capitalism, regardless of its faults, should still be the best choice we now have. Wolff and Fridman undoubtedly have totally different worldviews, however the dialog is civil and deep, and price your time.
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