On July 31st, Z from BSA met with Professor Richard Wolff in NYC to discuss the ways in which the folks over at Democracy at Work can work with BSA in educating the public on both Socialism and Capitalism, and the future of the greater WSDE cooperative movement.
For those unfamiliar, Richard Wolff (born April 1st, 1942) is an American Marxian economist. He is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff earned a BA magna cum laude in history from Harvard in 1963 and moved on to Stanford, where he attained an MA in economics in 1964. Wolff then transferred to Yale University, where he received an MA in economics in 1966, MA in history in 1967, and a PhD in economics in 1969.
In recent years, Wolff has been most active with Democracy at Work, a non-profit 501(c)3 that advocates for worker cooperatives and democratic workplaces as a key path to a stronger, democratic economic system. Based on the book Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff, the organization "envisions a future where workers at every level of their offices, stores, and factories have equal voices in the direction of their enterprise and its impact within their community and society at large."
Feel free to subscribe to Democracy at Work on Youtube to learn more about the current state of the economy, and what a truly democratic workplace looks like. For an introduction to many of the ideas behind the Democracy at Work platform, please check out Professor Wolff's 2017 talk at Google below!