Richard D. Wolff Quotes

Who is Richard D. Wolff?

Richard David Wolff is an American Marxian economist, professor and author.

Born April 01, 1942

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Best 13 Quotes by Richard D. Wolff

“If you lived with a roommate as unstable as capitalism, you would’ve moved out or demanded that your roommate get professional help.”

Richard D. Wolff

Economic Update Quotes

“Elon Musk is a dictator to Tesla employees.”

Richard D. Wolff
Economic Update

“The CEO is the modern incarnation of the king, and we ought to think about that because long ago we got rid of kings.”

Richard D. Wolff
Economic Update

“There's nothing democratic about an inflation. The only thing you might call democratic is who suffers the most from it.”

Richard D. Wolff
Economic Update

The Progressive Interview Quotes

“A cooperative enterprise is the key alternative to a traditional capitalist enterprise. All the workers, whatever they do inside an enterprise, have to be able to participate in collectively arriving at the decisions about what, how, where to produce, and what to do with the profits in a democratic way. One person, one vote should decide how these things are done.”

Richard D. Wolff
The Progressive Interview

“In America, we debate everything except capitalism. If there's an institution in your society that's above criticism, you're giving it a free pass to indulge all of its weaknesses and darker tendencies.”

Richard D. Wolff
The Progressive Interview

“Moving to a cooperatively organized enterprise is one of the best ways to really do something about unequal distribution of wealth.”

Richard D. Wolff
The Progressive Interview

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“The more successful capitalists are in cutting their wage costs, the less money workers will have to buy back what those same capitalists produce. It's a contradiction.”

Richard D. Wolff
The Progressive Interview

Understanding Marxism Quotes

“Capitalism, Marx said, never went beyond those economic models where a few dominate a majority. Capitalism just replaced the dichotomies of master/slave and lord/serf with a new one. A dominating and exploiting minority was still there, but it had a new name: employers.”

Richard D. Wolff
Understanding Marxism

“Greed is not the cause of capitalists’ behavior; it is a quality they acquire in accommodating to and internalizing the requirements of competitive survival within the capitalist system.”

Richard D. Wolff
Understanding Marxism

“To achieve a society that exhibits liberty, equality, fraternity and democracy, the object to change first and foremost is production.”

Richard D. Wolff
Understanding Marxism

Understanding Socialism Quotes

“Socialism is a kind of yearning for a better life than what capitalism permits for most people. Socialist yearnings are as old as capitalism itself, because they are its products.”

Richard D. Wolff
Understanding Socialism

“Socialism is when the government does stuff. And it's more socialism the more stuff it does. And if it does a real lot of stuff, it's communism.”

Richard D. Wolff
Understanding Socialism

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