Lex Fridman, a Russian-American laptop scientist and synthetic intelligence researcher, hosts a widespread podcast the place he typically interviews teachers and helps them attain a surprisingly giant viewers. In latest 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 battle), 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, “It is a heavy subject, usually, and for me personally, given my household historical past within the Soviet Union, in Russia and Ukraine. In the present day, the phrases Marxism, Socialism and Communism are used to assault and divide, far more than to know and study. With this podcast, I search the latter. I imagine we have to research the concepts of Karl Marx, in addition to their varied implementations all through the twentieth and twenty first centuries…. We have to contemplate critically 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 partaking dialog above, or discover it on varied podcasts platforms. Alongside the best way, Wolff underscores the obtrusive deficiencies of capitalism, and why populists on the left and proper are actually searching for alternate options. And Fridman asks whether or not capitalism, regardless of its faults, should still be the best choice now we have. Wolff and Fridman undoubtedly have totally different worldviews, however the dialog is civil and deep, and price your time.
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