The times they certainly are a-changin’.
Yesterday, Charlie Rose interviewed two Marxist scholars—economist Richard Wolff and geographer David Harvey—on the topic of capitalism’s current crises.
Two items stand out from the interview: First, Rose really wanted an example of a country where the kind of alternative to capitalism proposed by Wolff and Harvey is currently being practiced. Second, Rose seemed surprised to hear that Marxism has been for some time, and continues to be, subject to a taboo in the academy and in the wider society.
On the first: we need both to cite examples of noncapitalist economies (such as the Mondragón coooperatives) and to make the argument that changing the current system in different countries (such as the United States, which is not contemporary Cuba or pre-1917 Russia) will produce different results. So, there’s no general model to follow, although there are plenty of interesting examples of noncapitalism historically and around the world today.
On the second: Wolff and Harvey might have asked Rose how many Marxists he’s interviewed over the years.
*Warning: the link is not working at the moment but I can’t imagine that will last long.