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Economics From the Left: Richard D. Wolff

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

By JK Fowler

Professor Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

Earlier he taught economics at Yale University (1967-1969) and at the City College of the City University of New York (1969-1973). In 1994, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Paris (France), I (Sorbonne).

Further Resources:

Richard Wolff's Website (

Book and DVD: Capitalism Hits the Fan


Interview Date: March 24th, 2010

Produced By: Nick Heling ( and JK Fowler

Written By: JK Fowler (

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It would have been interesting if you did ask what you intended refering to the history of the radical economic department in UMass and its demise.
Since I had a great interest in hearing Rick Wolff I was willing to suffer through a weak audio of his voice to the conclusion of the interview. But to someone who might not know the great work that Wolff does, I suspect they might have tuned out early because his voice is not amplified sufficiently. Only one comment tends to confirm my fear that folks tuned out because they had to struggle too much to hear his voice. There should be a technical way for you to digitally amplify his voice, re-record it, re-mix it with the interviewer's voice (which was loud enough,) and then re-submit the revised interview to the web. I say this because this interview broke new ground in discussing Wolff's views. Especially those questions regarding anarchism and syndicalism. Overall, this is one of the best interviews that I've heard with Wolff. JK Fowler gets very high marks for his questions. It is a shame that it was so hard to hear Wolff's responses. I hope you can fix that problem. One final thing: It would be very nice to hear a follow-up interview at some point in the near future.
Interesting podcast. I think this video will be also interesting to all people who are interested in our economy and in Rick Wolff as a schoolar. His speech makes us think over the things we have always thought ok. I'd love to find his whole speech to see if he gives his way out from the present crisis and if he sees how to avoid such terrible evends in future.

J. K.