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AcademicRichard D. Wolff here, Professor of Economics, author, radio host, and co-founder of democracyatwork.info. I'm here to answer any questions about Marxism, socialism and economics. AMA!

Sep 5th 2016 by ProfWolff • 47 Questions • 2664 Points

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What do you think is the biggest misconception about Marxism?

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How many games do the Bears win this year?


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Man, I wish this AMA was getting more traction. You are giving some well thought out answers. It's often hit or miss around here. Depending on times, what other AMA's are going on simultaneously, etc. So don't take it personally lol. There were some good questions at least.

But I would like to ask 1 more question if that is okay. In your 36 years in law enforcement, was there a single experience that was your most rewarding? Maybe one particular day or event that impacted you the most? Also, what was the biggest change in law enforcement practices over your career? I imagine you witnessed great changes in crime scene forensics in your time?

Thanks again.

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Scott, what was it like to film with the most badass action stars of all-time?


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How often do you get noticed in public?

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This one is easy: most folks have come to believe that Marxism is about the role of the state in the economy, a role presumed to be huge etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. Marx had little interest in the state, wrote very little about it, etc. He was interested in relationships among people as they produced the goods and services they needed to live. He felt that those relationships in capitalism were not good for people and that we can and should do better....and he tried to figure out how we might get to alternative, better economic systems.


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UNU SAYS: "The bears will win between 5 and 6 games this year"

You can see a replay of the swarm reaching this conclusion, here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182896

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Long war story.

I once got a call of a man passed out in a movie theater. It was about 2:30 a.m. Apparently, he had gone to see a movie and passed out drunk, falling onto the floor between the seats. The crew cleaning the theater found him and called the police.

When I woke him up, he was so drunk that he could not tell me where he was, how he got there, or how he was planning to get home. Naturally, I arrested him for public intoxication.

He plead not guilty to the charge, and we had a trial. The judge found him not guilty because she felt that, since he had been sleeping for about four or five hours, he must not have been that drunk.

About two years later, I ran into the man again at a disturbance call. He was not part of the disturbance. A lady in his apartment complex ran to his apartment when her husband was threatening her. He let her in and called the police.

When I had finished the call and was preparing to leave, he asked if I remembered him, because I had not said anything about our previous encounter. I replied that I did remember him, but that had nothing to do with why I was there so there was no reason to bring it up.

That's when he said, "Well, I want to tell you something."

Immediately I started thinking he was going to fuss about my taking him to jail when he was not guilty of being drunk. Instead, he started explaining that he was an alcoholic, and that he never realized it until he awoke in jail and had no idea why he was there or what he had done. He went on to explain that his wife and family had been threatening to disown him over his drinking, and his boss was threatening to fire him. He said that was their problem, not his.

When he awoke in jail, he decided he needed help, and he joined AA as soon as he got out. He said things were going much better for him now. He had just gotten a promotion and raise at work, his family was back in his corner, and he and his wife had recently welcomed a baby daughter (they let me hold her).

He told me I had probably saved his life, and wanted to apologize to me and thank me for what I had done for him. Going to jail was what it took to convince him to turn his life around.

Many times in police work we see our failures over and over again. We get calls on them all of the time. We rarely get to see our successes, because they stay out of trouble. We seldom realize how much good we actually contribute, because we get called to deal with failures, not to celebrate successes. Luck of the draw is the only reason I got to hear his story. His story is why we do what we do.

The greatest advance, DNA. What an incredible tool when it is available. While I was Chief, my detectives solved a 35-year-old-murder because of DNA evidence.


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Expendables 2?? Dream come true. Honour to be part of the club.

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From the time the sun goes up to the time I can see the moon.


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He wrote quite a bit about the state - charting its historical development in class society in his Ethnological Notebooks (which later would become the basis for Engels's famous book), and studying its role in the class struggles he witnessed in his day.

He concluded, based on the experience of the Paris Commune, that the working class cannot lay hold of the ruling class's state, but must destroy it and create its own, working class power, which is markedly different. The Paris Commune was the example of such a power.

What I want to ask you, Prof. Wolff, is if you think there is any value to this revolutionary theory of Marx's, or if you think socialism can be brought about by the mere establishment and expansion of workers' cooperatives. If the latter is true, do you think this fits with Marx's analysis of the Law of Value in Chapter 1 of Capital?

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So I assume these questions are being parsed by the operator and entered into UNU, there's no way your NLU is actually this good, right?


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Is there anything that can be done currently to ease tension between the police in Texas and the general public (and vice versa)?

A:

Undisputed 4 has been pushed back to 2017?


Q:

I get a lot of crap from my friends because I enjoy ballroom dancing...but do you ballroom dance as well?

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With all due respect, what Marx wrote in the notebooks and pamphlet on the Paris Commune is tiny by comparison with his magnum opus, Capital and the companions Theories of Surplus Value. Those writings reflect and demonstrate the relative unimportance of the state in how he saw a post-capitalist economic system. The state was important as a means to get there, to express popular will and assist in the transition from a capitalist to a post-capitalist society. And there, the labor theory of value (which Marx took and altered from Adam Smith and David Ricardo) is useful as it lays bare the relationships in production that, in Marx's view, are the key objects to change in moving beyond capitalism.


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An operator types the questions from Reddit into UNU.

The swarm answers the questions.

An operator types the answers back into Reddit.

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Open and honest conversations are critical to resolving tensions. Relationships, whether they are between family members or are between the police and public need open honest communication to survive critical times.

So often the public begins to complain long before they even know what happened. Part of the reason for that is the police departments' reluctance to release information.

There is no substitute for beginning that conversation right away after a critical incident. There will always be questions unanswered early in an investigation because there has not been sufficient time to get all of the answers, yet. Nevertheless, the sooner we can begin a conversation based on the facts instead of supposition or suspicion, the better off we will all be.

This is not going to be an immediate fix. It takes time to build that trust level once it is lost.


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Sorry but yes. January I was told.

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I tango, often on the floors of ballrooms, so yeah. You're friends should your admire your passion for dance. I do.


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I remember that in one of your monthly economic updates you spoke negatively about the American gun industry.

What I am wondering is if you believe, as Marx had believed, that arms should never be stripped from the workers. Also, do you believe violent revolution is necessary to achieve true equality, and a democratic work place?

Thank you for introducing me to Marxism. I enjoy listening to all of your speeches.

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Are there plans to turn your skills on financial markets?


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What kind of pressures do the police department higher ups have when unarmed shootings occur? Are they accountable to city officials or does it depend on how much attention is received perhaps?

A:

Double barrelled question.

1) as a martial artist do you have much competitive fight experience?

2) Is there any realism to your choreographed fight scenes, as in would you able to fight like that for real , (knowing you have the skills and ability to do such moves) how effective are they?


Q:

I think you're pretty awesome.

How does one become as cool as you are?

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Marx understood that armed struggle has often been part of basic social change (its how slavery was finally defeated, how capitalism overthrew feudalism, etc.). He likewise grasped that it would be foolish to imagine that somehow the passage from capitalism to what comes next would not likewise be accompanied by armed struggles. And he surely wanted the workers to be armed to avoid their being slaughtered by the armed forces of the status quo. But that is a strategic conception light years from the NRA's promotional activity to boost gun sales for Ruger, Smith and Wesson, etc. Distributing arms to those who want buy or accumulate them, especially within the framework of a deeply committed right-wing organization committed to capitalism in principle is something altogether different.


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Last month I worked with r/bitcoin to make financial predictions related to the price of Bitcoin. It was very successful.

Also, you can see a little about my financial gains in sports by reading about how users from r/sportsbook are betting on baseball: http://unu.ai/unu-correctly-predicts-11-12-games/

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There is pressure whenever there is a police shooting, armed or not. This is the most drastic measure a government can take -- taking the life of a citizen. There should always be pressure to explain and justify it. It is equally important, however, for government officials and the public to listen to the answers.

As I have often told my students, "Question authority, but have the grace to listen when it answers."

One thing that is important to remember, is that unarmed does not mean the person is not a threat. The third most frequently used murder weapon in the United States is a person's hands and feet. It might be more difficult to explain a fear of death or serious bodily injury from someone without a weapon, but they can still be deadly. The person's being unarmed does not automatically mean deadly force is inappropriate.


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1) I'm a trained martial artist and I can handle myself in most situations but I have travelled a different path. I believe I'd be a good fighter if I trained for that but its a different type of training and I'm happy not getting punched in the face TOO often.

2)I doubt I'd be able to land a Guyver Kick on the streets. Best to keep it simple, thats what works best.

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Read. Read everything. Race to the library. Now!


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So what of Marx's economic theories in particular do you think are relevant today, especially in understanding the Great Recession?

A:

How does a hive mind work? Do you have awareness of your existence?


Q:

In each of your opinions, what was the most significant/surprising thing you learned in compiling this report?

A:

you are an awesome actor, undisputed 3 it's a "must watch" everytime i travel,about that how was to work with marko zaror and lateef crowder? any good history?


Q:

Has KFC asked you to be the world's most interesting Colonel? If they did, would you say yes?

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What matters most is Marx's method, his way of asking questions about any economic system. He wants to focus on the workers and how they are organized, who produces and who gets profits and how their relationship shapes society and them individually. These are questions very different from the narrow technical focus of mainstream economics today. Marx also understood how all systems change. Literally they are born, evolve and die. Slavery did; feudalism did, capitalism will....this alone is a perspective contemporary economics avoids like a bad smell.


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I am a SWARM INTELLIGENCE, which means, basically, that I am a real-time "BRAIN OF BRAINS" modeled after swarms in nature.

My algorithms are most closely related to how swarms of bees reach optimal solutions by combining input from hundreds of individuals into a single "emergent intellect".

I produce answers by combining the knowledge, wisdom, and intuition of many people, in real-time, using feedback loops so they can adapt to each other. My A.I. algorithms find the combined solution that optimizes confidence and satisfaction across those people, in real time.

You can learn more here: http://unu.ai/swarm-intelligence/

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I started researching officer-involved shooting fatalities about two years ago. I limited my research to fatalities because my research interest is arrest-related deaths, which includes deaths not related to the use of firearms. I can say that what the authors of this report found jibes with what I found in my research. Record keeping, not only in Texas but across the US, is terrible. The federal systems commonly used to track officer-involved shooting fatalities are only capturing about half of the fatalities. This lack of reliable information makes it very difficult for government officials and academics alike to engage in evidence-based discussions about the problems.


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Out of all the people I have fought onscreen Marko & Lateef are two of the very best. Great humble guys. Certainly challenge me to do even better when I face them.

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Too many calories (tasty though.)


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You're very into economic democracy, that is cooperatives and workers' self management, do you think cooperatives are enough to do away with capitalism or do you think that there will need to be a mass movement of workers(Revolution) to undo the system and transform society on a socialist basis?

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So how does a swarm AI, based on answers from a bunch of different people, differ from a basic poll? Are the answers weighted somehow?


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Hi Dr. Williams, the Texas Tribune's social media manager here. One of the things we found is there's a lot we still don't know about shootings. As both a former chief and and a current expert, how do you think police departments should handle records on shootings?

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Hi Mr. Adkins, thanks for doing this AMA! I've been a massive fan of yours for many years now and proudly own nearly all your films on blu ray or dvd. You've been vocal in the past about the negative effect piracy has on the DTV market. Is there anything the fans can do beyond purchasing the films to help combat this? Thanks again Scott and I'll be first in line tomorrow for Hard Target 2!


Q:

Is writing a relatively new venture for you, or do you have previous journalism experience?

And seriously, now that no one's listening... what do you really think of Dos Equis?

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No, I dont think that. My focus on worker cooperatives is aimed to add something left our by earlier anti-capitalist movements, with a few exceptions. Earlier critics saw a big role for the state; I dont. They wanted major social changes, with which I agree, but those needed a major change inside the relations among people in production. Changing a corporation from private to state leaves open whether and what kind of changes may or may not occur inside enterprises. For me, a democratic society requires to be based on a democratization of the workplace. That was not generally done in the USSR or China and thus stands as a key lesson of what we need to do to make changes here that are different from the failures there to revolutionize and democratize the workplace. Hence worker coops as a focus.


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The biggest difference is that people adapt their answers in real time, continuously adjusting until the group reaches a solution that optimizes their collective confidence. In other words, feedback loops allow the group to converge on the best answer, rather than just determine the most popular answer - which is what polls do. Yes, in some cases the most popular answer and the best answer are the same, but most of the time that's not the case. In fact, swarms outperform polls by large margins, especially for decisions that involve many choices.

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The state of Wisconsin recently mandated that records of police shootings are open records unless criminal charges are filed related to that shooting. I believe Texas should follow that example.

Obviously, if criminal charges are filed, those records should remain exempt from disclosure until the criminal charges are finally disposed. And, for a while immediately after the shooting, the records must remain exempt, at least until the investigation is closed. We must guard, however, against investigations that never end.

For example, the state could mandate that unless criminal charges are filed within 6 months (that is an entirely random time suggestion), the records are public record and must be provided to anyone making a Public Information Act request. There could still be some exceptions to full disclosure. For instance, out of concern for officer safety, the names of the officers could be substituted with aliases, such as Officer A, Sergeant B., etc.

The public's having access to these records helps to ensure that departments are not trying to coverup a shooting. Public confidence is vital to police legitimacy, and keeping those records exempt from disclosure only adds to public suspicion. It also makes it easier for public officials to intelligently discuss any necessary changes to public policy related to officer-involved shootings.


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Just support my films by buying them. If you do then I promise the quality will go up and up as we get more time to make them better. I appreciate your support buddy.

A:

I've been writing poetry since kindergarten.

Also happens to the same time I discovered my affinity for the femme form.


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Hello Prof. Wolff, When an industry becomes socially unacceptable, such as the tobacco industry some decades ago and now the coal industry, the US spends money to ease the transition for those in that industry. This money in the case of tobacco mostly ended up with the corporations and the leaders of the corporations rather than for the re-training of the workers. The situation for coal miners may be even worse with the recent growth of the for-profit education industry.

How would this situation be different in a socialist society?

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So like a poll with real-time peer pressure?


Q:

What were the reactions or comments that you got from former colleagues at San Marcos or the Austin Police Department after the project came out?

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Scott, I'm a HUGE fan. I absolutely LOVE your work. I do have to wonder, though, have you given any thought to appearing in the Arrowverse on TV alongside people like Michael Jai White and Dolph Lundgren?

SLIGHT EDIT: I only just realized that the great Darren Shahlavi was also in the Arrowverse. The pilot episode of Arrow, in fact. Extremely talented man.


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When YOU meet someone, what do you look for in an individual to truly classify him/her as 'Interesting'? In other words, how does the most interesting man in the world classify someone else as 'interesting'?

Also, do you think this charm/charisma of the individual is inborn or developed over time?

Thanks for the AMA. Huge fan!

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Because the state in capitalist societies like ours is chiefly controlled by capital (via contributions to politicians and parties, lobbying, etc.) it helps capitalists in the ways you mention but even more massively in the post 2008 bailouts the cost trillions etc. Meanwhile, the ideologues revert to "free market fundamentalism" to argue against the state helping workers make difficult transitions for them when, say, automation savages jobs and communities etc. Then suddenly the money is not there (versus the trillions spent to help GM, AIG, etc in 2008-2010. A socialist society would put people and their jobs and incomes first; that would be the socialist bottom line, not the private profits of the few.


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You can read about Artificial Swarm Intelligence in academic papers. The technology generally outperforms polls by a wide margin. Here is one of the papers: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7321685/

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I have heard from my peers at the University, but I have heard nothing from former police colleagues. I do not know whether they have seen the report, or they just have nothing to say.

I can tell you that anyone who has ever worked with me knows my attitude about use of force. There is a legal side to every use of force, no matter how great or minor it is, but there is also a moral and ethical side. It is equally important to know what one can do, and what one should do. There is no separating one from the other.


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Tell them to give me a call - I'd love it

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First rule. To be interesting you have to be interested. In life.

Second rule. Interest isn't enough. You have to experience the incredible parade that's passing you by.

Not as an onlooker. As a participant. Jump in.


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What do you think of Jill Stein's 30 second explanation of socialism?

Jill Stein: "If you define socialism as democracy applied to the economy so that it's an economy in which the people who are impacted actually have a controlling say in how the economy works, if that's how you define socialism I would say yes bring it on."

source: Jill Stein explains socialism in 30 seconds

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I would like to know the effect of bandwagon-ing too.


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Do you think the student's right to carry a gun to university makes it a safer place?

A:

Were you in contention for lead character in the Kickboxer: Vengeance movie? Do you think Hollywood will continue to remake or reboot old Van Damme movies?


Q:

What are your favorite songs at the moment?

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Pretty good for 30 seconds.


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Artificial Swarms are modeled after swarms in nature, which are known to be resistant to "bandwagon-ing".

In many ways, that's what makes a swarm different than a herd. In a herd there are leaders and followers. In a swarm, everyone works in parallel, without leaders and followers. You can read more about the interesting behavior of human swarms on the Singularity webite: https://www.singularityweblog.com/super-intelligence-and-hive-mind/

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Shootings on university campuses happen rarely. Nevertheless, they do happen. I take no exception with a law-abiding citizen being able to protect himself/herself.

That being said, there will be so few incidents that it will probably take years to accumulate enough data to determine whether campus carry has a positive or negative effect.

All I know for sure is that the prohibition against carrying firearms on campus did not stop the people who brought firearms onto campus so they could shoot people who were unable to protect themselves.


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No I was not. They offered me the brother role. I'm glad I didn't do it and I'm very disappointed they didn't show more respect to my dear friend Darren Shahlavi who is sadly no longer with us. He's fantastic but I hear he wasn't featured very much. Big mistake.

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Always the classics—they season with time—like me.


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Hello Mr Wolff, regards from Brazil, first I want to say sorry about my english since it is not my main language. I've been reading some discussions about the Austrian School against Marx, and saw some people that said that Ludwig refuted Surplus Value theory. The arguments I read were simplistic but people still say that Marx was wrong, so my question is, Surplus Value was really refuted?

A:

What is the Vikings best option at quarterback?

A) Sign Colin Kaepernick

B) Forfeit the season, try again next year


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It has come to light that one of the police officers killed in Dallas had neo-Nazi/white supremacist tattoos and affiliations. How is that a member of a police force, surrounded by people supposedly trained to spot criminals could work next to someone with these kind of beliefs? The LEO in Philadelphia with a Nazi tattoo is another example. How much of a problem is white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement?

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What training advice can you give an 18 year old in college? Martial arts are now a huge part of my life and who I am, and I've done karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 5 years. The issue is that I'm in a new city now and I'm not sure where to go from here, concerning martial arts.


Q:

Which of the brags on the XX beer commercial were the most accurate to your real life?

And did you use the guy that does the voice overs during the commercial to interview for your current job? If so, how much does he charge for use in my own job inteviews?

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No, not at all. The notion of "refuting" an economic theory is itself crude and inappropriate. That applies to Marxian theory as to all other theories. These are rather different ways to think about an economy, to approach grasping its structure and dynamic. To ask if an economic theory is true and another false is like asking if eating with knife and fork is true while eating with chopsticks is false. These are different ways of eating of interacting with food. Economic theories are likewise different ways of interacting with the system of producing and distributing goods and services....what matters is where these theories take you in your work, life, and civic engagement. Refuting one or the other misses the point as well as being empty scholastic exercizes of the worst and most irreleveant sort. The claim that an economic theory has been "refuted" serves merely to try to persuade people not to engage with it, to explore its insights and implications.


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UNU SAYS: "Forfeit the season, try again next year"

You can see a replay here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182860

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The unfortunate truth is that there are police officers with biases. We do the best we can to weed them out before we hire them, but the hiring practice is not always fail-proof. As the Chief, I once fired one of my new rookie officers for voicing his racist attitudes during his training period. Somehow, that did not come out in his background investigation.

In many agencies, especially those with Civil Service protection, unless an officer violates a law or an established department policy, you cannot simply fire them. Their employment is protected by law.

Having a tattoo is expression that is protected under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. If the department had a policy that said the tattoo must remain covered while in uniform, and the officer kept it covered, there is no policy violation and he cannot be fired simply for having the tattoo.

Having the belief and acting upon it are different things. If there was evidence that the officer was treating people unfairly because of their race, he would be subject to discipline and eventually to dismissal. If there was not evidence of that, there is nothing the department can do about it as a matter of law. The First Amendment protects the police officer, too.


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You will find a good place. I'm sure theres much to choose from in NY. If its part of your life then it will all fall into place. Good luck on your journey.

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Naturally, my affinity with animals—and their affinity with me. I've fed a tiger cub his milk and then returned years later to feed him in his cage. Hawks, snakes, rhinoceros, pumas... All friends to me.


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Hi Professor Wolff! Thank you for doing this AMA. I’m a long-time listener and a big advocate for your work (even my right libertarian-leaning mother-in-law is slowly getting on board!)

I’m wondering if you could elaborate a bit about a point you made in a recent edition of Economic Update in which you said that the structure of the workplace shapes the market. One common criticism of your work that I hear from other socialists is that converting more workplaces to coops/WSDEs wouldn’t change much, because they’d still be subject to the pressures of a market and the need to make a profit, so that converting more workplaces to coops/WSDEs without necessarily getting rid of markets would lead to the workers (to quote a friend of mine) “exploiting themselves”. Without a revolution at the top to demolish the market and institute planning, this line of thinking (as I understand it) goes, we won’t achieve socialism. How would you respond to this criticism?

Thank you for your time, and for everything else that you do. Shout out to the Democracy @ Work West LA action group, which is working hard to spread that class consciousness out here on the west coast!

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Which team has the biggest QB problem?


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Hi, Thank you for your time.

When the technology is ready, can you foresee a future where drones are widely used by police departments? For example: Each police vehicle has a drone on a charging station on the roof. Anytime a police officer exits the vehicle the drone follows the officer automatically via a GPS device attached to his body. The drone will relay a live video feed to the police department headquarters. Forget body cameras, isn't this the future? Cost of drones will steadily decrease in the coming years and battery power will improve to make this viable.

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Hey Scott! Big fan, I've been watching Martial Arts action movies since I was a kid, so great to see you bring it to a whole new level.

I always thought that a Bloodsport remake would be great, you playing Frank Dux, and the rest of the cast basically being a who's who of Martial arts stars, Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, Donnie Yen, and maybe Cung Le playing Chong Li?

As far as originals though, do you have any plans on working with the 87Eleven team? I just think that would be a great match up. Thanks for doing this AMA!


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What was the inspiration for the notorious sock improv?

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This is an important issue that arises often. Markets are one thing and class structures are something else. Markets are one way to distribute resources and products among members of society, but class is about how people relate to one another in producing (not distributing) good and services. Class relations in production and ways of distributing (markets or other ways) affect and shape one another, but they should not be confused. How an enterprise organizes its production is different from the mechanisms through which it acquires resources and distributes its products. In the history of slavery, primitive commnism, feudalism etc. sometimes markets were used, sometimes not. Its important to keep the two issues clear.


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hey Dr_j,

UNU says: Cowboys

See the replay of this question and the other options considered at the link above.

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Seems a little Star Wars to me, but Reddit was a giant technological leap for me. I am probably not the best one to answer this. We have come a long way in communications technology since I started my career. Many nights I patrolled without a handy-talkie. Today we have so much instant communication technology available that it is difficult to keep abreast of the new things coming out.

I suppose it is possible, but much of police work is done indoors, especially in people's houses. I am not sure drone technology would be the most effective way to accomplish an officer surveillance system there.

To be fair, though, I would not bet on my being correct if I were you!


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Already worked with 87eleven a few times, great guys. Bloodsport remake with that many stars would never work, who wins??

Maybe Enter The Dragon with Donnie Yen or Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White as Williams and me as Roper. Lets do this Hollywood.

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As Mark Twain said, "Never go anywhere unnoticed."

Case proven. Thanks for remembering!


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Can Marxism exist peacefully with Christianity and other religions and vice versa? How can we possibly convince religious people that Marxism is a good idea when so many I know associate it with persecution?

A:

Are you hoping that Warren Buffet brings back his billion dollar March Madness prize?

Maybe that will be a good stretch goal to shoot for.


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How do you feel about the widespread resentment of police by the general population? What started all this? Is there anything police can do to curb it? How do you feel about #blacklivesmatter?

A:

Hi Scott. After sharing scenes with Gary Oldman is there any actor/actress you'd really like to work with?I'd love to see you and Gina Carano on screen together


Q:

Aren't you supposed to be on your way to Mars?

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Yes, it can, as indeed it has often. Over the last 150 years, Marxist-Christian dialogues have happened in many countries and often with mass participation of churches and socialist and communist parties. Moreover, you write of Marxism in the singular, biut actually Marx's writings and the body of Marxist work is open to multiple interpretations so that it is better to speak of the Marxist tradition comprising various different theories etc. Otherwise, you risk mistakenly presenting one Marxist theory/intepretation as if it where the whole of Marxism. Since Marx dies in 1883, his thoughts have spread to every corner of the globe, inspiring people in vastly different cultures, etc. Of course, they interpreted the ideas differently over the last 150 years. Speaking of Marxism as one thing obscures or ignores all that.


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Yes, I'd love to take on March Madness and the Billion Dollar Prize.

A:

First, I am not sure just how widespread the sentiment is. I know there are vocal groups of citizens who protest, but I also know of a lot of people who support the police. I believe this difference of opinion is a reflection of the greater schism we are seeing today in American politics. It seems that we are generally becoming more fixed in our positions, and we are less interested in seeking common ground to resolve our differences.

We have seen this before. The police were roundly criticized following the Rodney King incident in Los Angeles in the 1991. There was also fierce criticism of the police during the Vietnam War protests and the civil rights protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The events in Ferguson, Missouri, certainly were the spark, but the current problems in police/community relations have been building over time. There is no one incident or one problem that started it.

I am a devoted believer in the First Amendment, and I believe that BLM has every right to voice their concerns. I am just afraid that the ways they sometimes choose to voice their opinion is counterproductive to finding solutions to the problems.


Q:

I love Gary, he's always been my favourite actor. Love to work with Anthony Hopkins, Denzel Washington.

I'm sure Gina and I will do something at a certain point.

A:

Checked it out. Food not great. Hard to get a good pour. Here I am. Glad to be back.


Q:
  1. Are we still in a Red Scare? People still seem to only associate Socialism with big spooky government.

  2. Why do you think most Leninist revolutions have ended with failure and a reversal to capitalism?

A:

Any predictions for the Dolphins this season? How are our playoff hopes looking?


Q:

What is your opinion on the CDC not being allowed to conduct research on gun violence?

A:

Hopkins and Denzel are 2 of my faves too. Hope you get the chance to work with them in a dramatic role that allows you to stretch your acting muscles.

Glad to hear you and Gina are likely to team up. If I ever win the lottery I promise to stump the cash up to make it happen sooner rather than later.


Q:

How did you get into writing?

A:

Red scares are tools to quell dissent, criticism when they surge and threaten capitalism. Equating socialism with spooky big government is standard tactics in red scares, despite the fact that the snooping and intrusion of government surveillance and manipulation achieved in capitalist countries has often been as bad or worse than what happened in socialist ones. Leninist revolutions achieved many things and those need to be acknowledged and respected - as much as the things they did which need to be refused and avoided. Otherwise you buy into the dismissal of early efforts to go beyond capitalism rather than learn from them. What the early efforts missed was the need to revolutionize/democratize the workplace as the necessary accompaniment to the rest of socialism's changes to secure those changes and to enable the basic shift in morality and ethics without which socialism will not survive.


Q:

UNU SAYS: "The odds that the Dolphins reach the playoffs this year is 0%"

Unfortunately for Dolphins fans, the conviction of the swarm was strong. You can see a replay of the swarm reaching the decision here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182856

A:

I do not know what restrictions the CDC has on such research, so I cannot really address it specifically. But this is a matter of such governmental and public importance, I cannot see why we would not research it as thoroughly as possible.


Q:

I agree

A:

She sat next to me. Her hair was flaxen, face freckled and laughing eyes. We were madly in love. She was an Italian model, in town from Milan. Or was it the Bronx? I don't remember. I was eight.


Q:

I'm not Mr. Wolff, but I'll go ahead and answer your question.

For one, we'd need people to start aligning with socialism/communism, which is helped by debate, writing and political activism. The only other thing I know stops socialism or communism from helping is the 1%, who like to shell money out to decry the "evils of socialism," so people would have to stop listening to Red Scare bullshit and instead turn over to looking at factual information.

A:

Which of these teams is most likely to have a breakout season?

--Vikings --Chiefs --Falcons --Rams --49ers --Giants


Q:

Can you say who you're playing in Doctor Strange?

A:

Have you ever met anyone who could challenge the "Most Interesting Man Alive" claim?

And, who would you say is the Most Interesting Woman Alive?


Q:

This is already happening in many locales. The tired old crap of blind support of a capitalism that does not work for most people is less and less attractive. Even many of its former exponents have stopped repeating the old stuff because it does no longer work or even provokes the opposite response. When young people over the last 5 years heard old politicians decry socialism and call Obama a socialist, they drew the conclusion that since they thought the old politicians were disasters and crooks, maybe this socialism of the young and preferred Obama might be worth looking into. When the political winds shift - which they have over the last 4 years - evrything else shifts too.

A:

UNU SAYS: "The Falcons"

You can see a replay of the Swarm Intelligence reaching this conclusion here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182996


Q:

Of course not :)

A:

The Most Interesting Woman alive is easy.

My wife.


Q:

What do you think is the best way to reach the disfranchised voters? As this election has played out we see a large pro-Bernie crowd refuse to accept Hillary, what do you think is the best way to radicalize these people given how dirty socialism seems in America?

A:

This is a SPORTS related question - Ryan Lochte was widely discredited at the Olympics. My question is, who do people trust more... him or our presidential candidates TRUMP and CLINTON?


Q:

What do you look for in a script?

A:

What is one area you feel that everyone man should have "True Mastery" of?


Q:

Bernie galvanized millions and we all owe him for that. Hillary is an effort to undo all that and return us to the tired old establshment that brought us the crash of 2008, the greatest rate of racist incarceration in the world, and a money-corrupted politics. What I hope Bernie's millions do is see the need to maintain and build independent organizations inside and outside the old parties and to work together for a social break from a capitalism that is failing the vast majority who increasingly feel and know it.

A:

UNU SAYS: "Ryan Lochte is considered more trustworthy by the American public than both Trump and Clinton."

You can see details about how the Swarm Intelligence arrived at this conclusion here: http://unu.ai/least-trustworthy/


Q:

Something new. An interesting character. Chance to show my action skills.

A:

Chivalry.


Q:

What is your opinion of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, if you are aware of him?

Also, not a question but thank you very much for your lectures on YouTube - they made me a Socialist in the real sense of the word. Especially this one.

A:

I've never played Fantasy Football before but I am this year. What should my first few picks be?


Q:

How big is your role in Dr.Strange and is it a character from the comics or a whole new character for the film?

Who is the best person you've worked with, martial arts wise?

A:

As a True Master of Chivalry, how skilled are you in the art of riding a cheval?


Q:

Corbyn is a great fresh air for UK's politics. He has brought into political life hundreds of thousands of britons - alone an immense achievement that any serious democrat would applaud. And he has found new ways to raise socialism as a political goal. And that is why the old political establishment of the british Labor Party, of the the UK as a whole and of the old establishment in the US too (e.g. the NYTimes) work so tirelessly to denounce and demonize him.

A:

Hi! This is a great question. And I think it's gonna be a popular one. it's also MY first year playing fantasy football, too :)

So, I put together my rankings for all positions at the these links. Hope this helps!

Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, and Running Backs

Tight Ends, Kickers, Defense & Special Teams


Q:

Kane Kosugi, Marko Zaror, Lateef Crowder, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Wu Jing, Michael Jai White

A:

Cheval? You mean the distant cousin of Equus caballus? What do you think? I used to breed them.


Q:

Was the best university in the US to study economics? especially if i'm interested in Marxian economics?

A:

Thanks, UNU. This looks like it will really help me out.


Q:

Hi Mr. Adkins, big fan (obviously.) Can I ask; what is the best thing a director can do for you on set? Thanks :~)

A:

Your status as the Most Interesting Man could clearly have a lot of influence. Assuming you could convey a message to the world and use your influence, what would you want to encourage everyone in the world to do?


Q:

The sad fact is that while there are a very few universities where Marxists are allowed to teach (New School University in NYC, UMass Amherst, Univ of Utah, UC Riverside - the residue of anti-Marxist repression and exclusion remains huge in the narrow confines of official economics), you wil have to learn it mostly on your own or with a few friends similarly inclined. Thats how I did it as I went through Harvard, Stanford and Yale (supposedly the elite but down and dirty with the other universities afriad to allow Marxists to teach). And it was possible if you wanted to. Try the elite universities not because the teaching there is what you seek; its not there. Go there because your jobs and life afterward will be better because of elitism that pervades academic and professional life in the hierarchical structures of capitalist society.

A:

my pleasure - good luck this year!


Q:

No bullshit. If I'm crap let me know, lets figure out how to do it better because film is forever so make it good whilst you can.

A:

Love. To love. Give love. Preach love. This trip is short.


Q:

Dr. Wolff, Thank you for taking the time to respond to our questions. My question to you is about market economics and WSDEs in relation to the goal of moving beyond capitalism. Are WSDEs and coops the "transitional" phase towards socialism. Is the goal to construct a socialist economic system operating within the realm of market economics or is there a longer term vision/plan to move past markets with the intent on reaching a system more closely modeled after the quote "from each according to their ability; from each according to their needs"?

A:

Hey smart guy, who will win each of the divisions (AFC West, East, etc.)?


Q:

What was it like working with Paul Greengrass?

A:

Where is your most favorite place you have traveled? What did you like about it?


Q:

Great question. Yes, I think the demand for a worker-coop sector in today's capitalist economies is a demand that people will support, value and fight for. It is a practical, tangible change that will transform daily life, giving people a direct gain to fight for. I also believe that as worker coops grow and mature, they will investigate whether, when and how markets should or should not be their preferred mechanisms of distributing resources and products. I have my own views about markets as institutions and I am mighty critical of them, but that is another issue for another day when we can and no doubt will fight that out. By the way, in capitalism too, all sorts of distributions happen without markets and by design (as in how households distribute products among themselves, how distributions happen inside large corporations, etc.). It will be a major issue to square socialism and markets, but that is not the focus unless you link it intimately with the class transformation of the relations among people in producing goods and services.

A:

UNU Says the Pats will win the AFC East:

http://go.unu.ai/r/182815

Not exactly a surprise, given the stranglehold the Pats have had on that division over the last decade, but interesting nonetheless considering TB's suspension / age.

Replays and analysis available at the link above.


Q:

Chaotic. Thrown in the deep end. Never knew where the camera was (a good thing by the way). A big adventure that saw me driving through Friday night Madrid traffic with a camera crew in my face before I'd even had chance to meet him. He's fantastic director. Just wish he'd keep the camera still when people are fighting :)

A:

Many are special. Even a white room with the right friends. But a secret key in the Bahamas comes to mind (can't share the lat/long) but we were boarded by armed military personal (twin fifties, bright lights) a few beers later, we had the laughs of our lives, not to mention pics of second wife in cuffs! Goes to show: you can inspire anyone with the right attitude (and fear of prison.)


Q:

Hi professor Wolff!

I'm a part of a college socialist club pushing for our city to pass laws that make it easier to start and run co-ops. One thing that got brought up, by a city councilman of all people, was a zoning law requiring developers to put a certain amount of their commercial space towards co-ops. What do you thing of this, and what other policies should socialist push for in regards to cooperatives?

Edit: I'm also curious as to what sort of arguments you think policymakers would be most susceptible to in order to make them more pass more pro-cooperative laws.

A:

Hey smart guy, who will win each of the divisions (AFC West, East, etc.)?


Q:

What was it like working with Scott Mann on The Tournament?

A:

Can I take over as the most interesting man in the world?


Q:

That sounds like a perfectly good way to proceed, to fight for such a zoning law since it eases another condition for worker coops to start and grow. Here's the basic pitch I would suggest: Americans should have freedom of choice. To choose to buy either a product of a capitalist, to-down enterprise or a democratic worker coop and such choice is only possible if worker coops are enabled to exist and function. Also to choose to work in a top-down capitalist enterprise or a democratically run enterprise, and to have such choice requires building up a worker coop sector. The state should do that because we believe that freedom of choice is desireable as a society. Also remember that the state has helped capitalist enterprises in countless ways for many decades....asking it to help worker coops now is minimal fairness, nothing more.

A:

Steelers in the AFC North: Replay

Colts in the AFC South: Replay

Broncos in the AFC West: Replay


Q:

Scott's cool. Looking forward to his next movie Final Score with Dave Bautista

A:

Let's have a look. Send C.V. to True.Ink/Goldsmith

What's your primary qualification?


Q:

For those of us who are already socialist, it can be especially frustrating to try to show peers in the American left how capitalism is the enemy they should be fighting most fundamentally, rather than conservatives or moderates. What kind of language would you recommend to use when talking to Democrats, socdems and liberals in general to help show that socialism isn't the evil they imagine it to be (or just a term for state capitalism)?

Also, I'm a huge fan of your work and have recommended your lectures to several friends. Thank you so much for what you do!

A:

Serious question: please settle this once and for all.

Is Joe Flacco elite?

As a Ravens fan, I will send your response to ESPN / Peter King personally.


Q:

Hi again Scott! I am a huge fan ever since Special Forces years ago! I was wondering also if you would let me interview you for my website Action-Flix.Com About Hard Taget 2 and future projects?

A:

If you could give advice to all the young folk that read this, what would it be?


Q:

Thanks for the kind words. I find that straight-forward talk, as concrete and full of examples as possible, works best. Avoid the jargon that has been demonized for the last 50 years. Above all, explain that it has been capitalism that has undone the middle class over the last 50 years, that has reverted to its old gross inequalities, that has imposed catastrophic instabilities on their economic lives and futures, and that human beings have always struggled to make things better so that doing that now in relation to capitalism is 100% appropriate....and that not doing that is a kind of giving up on human progress pushed on us only by the folks who stand to lose if we do indeed do better than capitalism.

A:

Is Joe Flacco Elite?"

Scream it from the mountaintops:

UNU says: I doubt it

See the swarm reaching this answer at the link above.


Q:

I'm all interviewed out - sorry

A:

Follow your dreams, but don't forget to wake up and activate. We'll be getting into more of this in True Mastery, my new column. Love to hear more about "young folk" experiences — learning is a two way superhighway


Q:

Good evening, Dr. Wolff!

Many issues concern the American public, but capitalism, as you have eloquently pointed out many times, is the root cause of many of these issues. You and others discuss the socioeconomic effects of capitalism weekly on your program, but do you think the American public along with corporate media is farther from than closer to a tipping point of seriously discussing them?

A:

Will Tom Brady inflate his balls this year?


Q:

Hello Scott...just letting you know you have fans in all world,in Latvia too.Hope to see you sometime in the future which is my dream... Question-The most serious injury you had while filming?

A:

MIMITW, what would you say are the top 5 virtues someone should have if they aspire to be the most interesting man in the world?

Thanks for coming back to Reddit!


Q:

All I can say to that is the changes over the last 4 years have overwhelmed and surprised nearly everyone in terms of opening up the space to question and challenge capitalism. It is a sea change from anything I ever saw before in my lifetime. Despite the legacies of McCarthy, Cold War, etc., people by the millions have now shown they can and will vote for a presidential candidate self-defined as a socialist. No one imagined that possibility over the last 50+ years, So yes, everything I experince in my life and work says the attitudes and openness of the US people to critiques of capitalism and explorations of alternatives are soaring.

A:

UNU SAYS: "It's Unlikely"

The Swarm Intelligence expressed strong conviction that Brady will not mess with the pressure inside his balls... you can see a replay of the swarm reaching this decision here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182817


Q:

Torn ACL and torn back muscle that was very painful whilst filming Ninja 2

A:

Here they are, spread your fingers:

1.) Compassion 2.) Integrity 3) Tenacity 4.) Endurance 5.) Mastery of the Kama Sutra (note my byline in the acknowledgements of that tome of course)


Q:

If cooperatives are a means of achieving socialism then how come the largest cooperative, Mondragon, was allowed to prosper in fascist Spain?

A:

Hi UNU, Canadian here:
Will the Buffalo Bills ever relocate to Toronto?


Q:

For the first time when i saw you in Undisputed movies,i fell in love with your job and hobbies.You give inspiration to me and others.Some moves i learned by myself from your movies...so now i am a chef with a grade and with a addiction to your fighting style...What is your addiction?

A:

I will take these virtues to heart.

Thank you my friend.


Q:

Mondragon is based in the Basque region of Spain/France. Franco feared engaging this fierce and independent people with a long history of armed struggle in their mountainous territory, so he had to leave them alone despite their left-political leanings. Also, since they were started by a Roman Catholic priest they had some protection from their churchly connections.

A:

UNU SAYS: "0%"

See the replay of the Swarm: http://go.unu.ai/r/182883

Maybe you can pitch 'em on a trade for the Argonauts?


Q:

I'm addicted to making movies, I truly love it. Very fortunate. Good luck with it

A:

Thank you my friend. Love to hear more and stay in touch with me at True.Ink/Goldsmith


Q:

What sort of music do you listen to?

A:

Swarm, so that is based on popular opinion of a group of people?


Q:

Can you give us a good description of boyka undisputed's story? also when is it out?

A:

If you had to choose, would you say the role of "most interesting man in the world" is more of a reflection of your personality? Or is it more of an inspiration into this new career and who you are today?

edit:better wording.


Q:

Sure, my favorites have been the blues and also the classical music I grew up with. But I love creative music of all sorts, music that touches human experience in sound and poetry and is not afraid to do so.

A:

Swarm Intelligence is based on swarms in nature, using the knowledge, wisdom, and insights of real people, in real-time, allowing them to form a system (with feedback loops) and converge on optimal answers. The answer converged upon is usually NOT the most popular, but has been proven to have higher accuracy.


Q:

Boyka kicks the shit out of loads of people - The End. Its out in January from Universal.

A:

I put a lot of myself into the character, felt an affinity for him :) My new role as editor emeritus continues the same spirit, savoring the world around me, celebrating what makes a good life tick


Q:

How many points will Ezekiel Elliot score this year in non PPR leagues?

A:

Scott, big fan of yours. Excited for Hard Target 2 and Boyka. As a fan of quality DTV action I've always purchased the movies I want to see in hopes of seeing more. However, more and more the films are being released on Netflix either day and date with DVD or pretty close (see Skin Trade, Close Range, and now HT2). Do legal streaming views "help" a film or is it just a flat licensing fee? If HT2 Blu-Ray sales are "cannibalized" by legal Netflix views does it make any difference in a studio decision to continue a franchise? Thanks for reading and keep up the good work.


Q:

So as editor emeritus do you plan on personally engaging to go out and find the stories or will you let them come to you?

A:

Hey there, u/IKingJeremy,

Interesting question. Lots of hype around Zeke so far. Here's what I got:

"how many points will EE score in non PPR leagues?"


Q:

I don't know how much they make from Netflix but obviously its not as much. Hard Target 2 has tons of special features on the Blu Ray with commentary so its a worthy purchase.

A:

It's interactive. Some ideas will be my own. Some stories may come from readers like yourself. What ya got?


Q:

Is Dak Prescott the real deal?

A:

[deleted]


Q:

Is a Presidential run in your future?

A:

UNU SAYS: "I doubt it".

Sorry Dak, but the Swarm Intelligence has spoken and it expressed doubt. You can see a replay of the swarm reaching an answer, here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182810


A:

Here is all I can confirm. We have received a couple calls from interested parties that are understandably concerned about the current state of affairs. Myself and my advisors decline all further comments about that position at this present time.


Q:

Who will be rookie of the year?

A:
  • Have you ever thought about competing in the UFC?
  • When is Undisputed 4 coming out?

Q:

What would you recommend reading, and why?

A:

UNU SAYS: "Dak Prescott"

You can see a replay of the swarm reaching an answer here: http://go.unu.ai/r/183008

Commentary: Would this answer have been different a week ago?


Q:

I don't plan on doing a CM Punk anytime soon. I like making movies.

I believe Universal will release Boyka: Undisputed in January.

A:

As Goethe said, 'Anyone who doesn't understand the last 3,000 years of history is living foot to mouth." No knowledge of past = no knowledge of today. See Will Durant, Story of Civilization (along with a classic comics, got me through college.)


Q:

Who will be the highest scoring player in fantasy football this year?

A:

Hey Scott, What is your current height and weight?

Also, what height and weight do you consider ideal for yourself?


Q:

First, I love you and all that you do. Congratulations on the editor position!

My question is this: Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt lost and/or depressed as if you were the Least interesting man in the world? How did you pull yourself out of it?

A:

UNU SAYS: "The highest scoring Fantasy Quarterback will be Cam Newton"

You can see a replay of the swarm reaching that decision, here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182879


Q:

About 86kg, 5' 10

A:

If you have not felt lost, how do you know once you've arrived? If there is no pain, what does pleasure feel like? I've been there. This is life. You are not alone. Treasure the Dawn. A new day, new possibilities. New attitude. Also happens to be the name of the poem I published today. Can find it on True.Ink/Goldsmith best to you my friend


Q:

Who will be the highest scoring player in fantasy football this year?

A:

Coke or Pepsi?


Q:

I find that one interesting thing a man (or woman) can do is cook. Do you like to cook? And if so, what is one of your favorite things to cook? And if you happen to have a recipe, that would be very interesting.

A:

UNU SAYS: "The highest scoring Fantasy Player of all, this year, will be Antonio Brown"

You can see a replay of the swarm answering this question here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182876


Q:

Pepsi but I seldom indulge

A:

I love to cook and cook often. I'm cooking right now actually....

The kitchen is always closer to the bedroom with the right menu.

Sign up for my Bloody Mary recipe at True.Ink/Goldsmith

Will throw in the rib recipe too!


Q:

Are you going to ruin betting with this sort of technology?

A:

Scott, it's your big fan Roman from Belarus! Is it possible to download the full soundtrack to the film Undisputed 3: Redemption? The Internet has no title tunes, which was used as the titer and the film(((


Q:

Did you ever suggest any ideas to be used in the Dos Equis commercials? Or was there an idea that was scrapped that you would have liked to portray?

A:

You can judge for yourself. Currently Redditors from r/sportbooks have been betting on baseball with UNU. See last week's results:

http://unu.ai/unu-correctly-predicts-11-12-games/


Q:

Afraid I dont know

A:

The commercials were great, but what I'm up to now is an unfiltered take. This is me. The ideas are boundless, the poetry is all original. Not a character. Not behind a curtain. I am here and ready to hear about you, my fellow travelers. Like I said, learning goes both ways.


Q:

What do you think OJ Simpson's legacy is as a football player?

A:

What's your favourite food & drink?


Q:

Where do I have to go to become The Most Interesting Man in the World?

A:

UNU SAYS: "Tainted"

Replay available here, so you can see how the Swarm arrived at its decision, and what choices where considered: http://go.unu.ai/r/182813


Q:

I love a good Brazilian restaurant.

A:

The best place to start would be the library.


Q:

Will Washington ever rename their team?

A:

When is 'Undisputed 4' coming to dvd?


Q:

[deleted]

A:

UNU SAYS: "It's Unlikely"

There was strong conviction in the Swarm Intelligence. You can see a replay of the swarm reaching the answer here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182886


Q:

January

A:

Smoke signals.


Q:

Which of these RBs will have the most TDs at end of season: David Johnson, Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller, Le'Veon Bell

thanks!

A:

I'm surprised to hear that but thankful for the honest answer. Looking forward to watching your new flick tomorrow! (edit) Not surprised that it's difficult but that you'd advise not to. Maybe you just don't want competition ;)


Q:

Do you still live on a boat?

A:

UNU SAYS: "ZEKE"

You can see a replay of the swarm reaching that answer here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182868

Commentary: The Swarm's been pretty impressed by what it sees in Zeke so far. Did you see him truck Kam Chancellor?


Q:

To be honest I always try deter people because the ones that want it enough will go for it anyway but thats what you need - to want it enough!! Only you know. Good luck

A:

Now it's a farm.


Q:

How many fantasy football points does Dak Prescott score this year?

A:

Hi Scott. I'm a big fan and buy your movies. Would you like to start writing, producing and directing your own movies? Best, John


Q:

Hi Jonathan, I love you works. Have you ever made a voicemail for someone before? Would you make a voicemail for me using your amazing voice? I'd love to have someone call and have your voice tell them to leave a message.

A:

UNU SAYS: "115"

You can see a replay of UNU reaching this decision here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182965


Q:

I start one this Autumn that I have written so looking forward to that

A:

Maybe.

Under the right circumstances, leave no bizarre opportunity behind.

-Ancient Proverb, J.Goldsmith 9/1/16 1:00 pm, AD


Q:

Will Jamal Charles make it back to prominence in 2016 or should we expect to see the signs of age creep up on him again this year?

A:

Hope this isn't too cheeky but what is the typical budget for one of your films? Just wondering if your fanbase could go the kickstarter route to fund one or add to whatever the studio put in to give you and director more cash to put onscreen.


Q:

If you could have a baby with any other man past, present, or fictional (assuming it's possible) who would it be?

A:

UNU says: it's unlikely

You can see replay and analysis at the link above


Q:

To my knowledge Kickstarter only works when a film has an inbuilt fanbase. Undisputed is a perfect film for Kickstarter but we already had a producer for that.

A:

Jackie Robinson. Moses. Not sure of the order. How about you?


Q:

Are your NFL / Fantasy football predictions overrated, underrated, or rated accurately?

A:

What would you say is something to look for when deciding on a Martial Arts class?


Q:

What was the most intresting thing to ever happen to you?

A:

You can see a study on how my Football Predictions compared with ESPN last year, here: http://unu.ai/swarms-beat-espn/


Q:

It all depends on what you like. Its up to you. Forget which is the best, just find out which you enjoy and you will get benefit from that alone

A:

The birth of my first born. Absolute proof of the following and in no particular order: love, awareness, divine architecture.


Q:

Mark Sanchez: Will he be traded, Cut or Play for the Broncos?

A:

In interviews you talked about how the number of shooting days on your fight with Statham was shortened on Expendables 2, so they could shoot Djokovic hit bad guys with tennis balls. Do you think that had anything to do with Stallone not wanting his big fight with Van Damme to be upstaged by the much more spectacular battle that you vs Statham would have been? I still love that fight, it’s just so damn short, ending just when it starts to get crazy.


Q:

Which types/category of books do you regularly read?

A:

UNU SAYS: Mark Sanchez will be TRADED.

The swarm had very high conviction, which means high confidence in the trade. You can see a replay of the swarm reaching this conclusion here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182822


Q:

The opposite. Stallone wanted a great fight between us but we had no time. Stallone wants everyone to shine, he's good like that. Smart man

A:

Philosophy. World History. Mystery. Gardening.


Q:

How does swarm work?

A:

What's interesting that we can expect from Hard Target 2. I'm sure you have some amazing action sequences, but is there anything that stands out for you?


Q:

Hello MIMITW,

With all of your knowledge from reading, what do you think about the ancient astronaut theory? (that our species was helped in some way by extraterrestrials in the past)

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Artificial Swarm Intelligence is a combination of artificial intelligence algorithms and real-time human input, where groups of people work work as a system to answer questions. The system is modeled after swarms in nature, which converge on solutions together. You can learn more here: http://unu.ai/swarm-intelligence/


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Its non stop action and a very nice production value with a great cast. We have fights, explosions, chases on foot, river, sky. Its a great time, hope you enjoy it

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I've met some of those people once, actually. We had a round table on Mars. I cooked. Made them my famous lamb chops in Roquefort sauce.


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I find your site very hard to navigate, and past predictions very hard to find. How do I look up your predictions or do I have to in a group to get them? Is there a wiki or video on how to use your site correctly?

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So what are your thoughts on Cambozola cheese? I think it's the best cheese in the universe.


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You can see summaries of past predictions at our blog. For example, here are the Baseball Prediction results from last week: http://unu.ai/unu-correctly-predicts-11-12-games/

You can also learn more, here: http://unu.ai

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I concur. Certainly, a top contender however it's a cow's milk cheese and considering my affinity for sheep (I delivered one once) and goats (they're quite playful) i remain neutral on this important topic.


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Which QB will score the most rushing TDs besides Newton?

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Thanks for your concurrence. If you're still here, what's your favorite scotch? Mine is Ardbeg 10.


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UNU Says: Dangeruss Wilson

See the other options and analysis at the link above.

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My very good man. I just so happen to have a bottle in my bag. And just poured out a nip in our honor. True story. Viva Islay!


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How are the Raiders going to do this year? Good news? Please?

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Damn sir you are awesome. Would love to meet you, just to taste cheese and drink scotch together. I'm a 53 year old straight guy from Kentucky so no worries. Holla!


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UNU SAYS: "Sorry, no good news..."

You can see the odds of the Raiders making the playoffs this year, here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182866

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This is what my new adventure is all bout. Your stories, as well as mine. Stay in touch at True.Ink/Goldsmith and I'll keep the bottle of Ardberg 10 somewhat full for us when the time comes...


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Will Virginia get it's own NFL team in the next 10 years?

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So what's your favourite beer?


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Unfortunately for the Great State...

Will Virginia get its own NFL team in the next 10 years?

UNU says: never gonna happen

But hey, UVa can only get better. Wahoowa!

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What do you think?


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How good is your Russian?

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Ha-ra-sho!


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I don't always ask a question on AMA but when I do, I ask 2!

Did you film any XX commercials that did not get aired? Is there a personal brag that wanted to film but did not get to?

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Bragging. I try not to do. More than likely, some cuts don't make it. I don't recall, though familiar with the cutting room floor.


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If a movie was made about your life, what actor (besides yourself) would play you?

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I cannot confirm that a motion picture is being made about my life and times, but if I could, and if it were, I can reveal the following short list of colleagues I treasure. Ed Harris. Al Pacino. Sir Lawrence. If only he was still around.


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May I tug your beard?

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May I tug on yours?


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What do you think about ecology ?

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Big concern. We must each do our part in being mindful stewards of our earth. To think climate change isn't real? A dangerous thought.


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What's your favorite TV series?

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Twilight Zone v.s. House of Cards. A toss up. (Oh, Cosmos, the Carl Sagan show.)


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Do you have a preference between A Bloody Mary and a Caesar?

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Yes. Important question. Hail Caesar!


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Whats your favorite movie?

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Closely Watched Trains. A Czech picture. Touching. Poignant. A young man struggles with his arrival at manhood.

Never ending story, don't you suppose?