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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How many games do the Bears win this year?
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?
Scott, what was it like to film with the most badass action stars of all-time?
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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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.
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From the time the sun goes up to the time I can see the moon.
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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Is there anything that can be done currently to ease tension between the police in Texas and the general public (and vice versa)?
Undisputed 4 has been pushed back to 2017?
I get a lot of crap from my friends because I enjoy ballroom dancing...but do you ballroom dance as well?
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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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.
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.
Are there plans to turn your skills on financial markets?
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How does one become as cool as you are?
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.
Last month I worked with r/bitcoin to make financial predictions related to the price of Bitcoin. It was very successful.
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.
So what of Marx's economic theories in particular do you think are relevant today, especially in understanding the Great Recession?
How does a hive mind work? Do you have awareness of your existence?
In each of your opinions, what was the most significant/surprising thing you learned in compiling this report?
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Has KFC asked you to be the world's most interesting Colonel? If they did, would you say yes?
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 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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
So like a poll with real-time peer pressure?
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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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.
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!
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.
First rule. To be interesting you have to be interested. In life.
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Not as an onlooker. As a participant. Jump in.
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."
I would like to know the effect of bandwagon-ing too.
Pretty good for 30 seconds.
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?
What is the Vikings best option at quarterback?
A) Sign Colin Kaepernick
B) Forfeit the season, try again next year
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?
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.
Which of the brags on the XX beer commercial were the most accurate to your real life?
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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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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.
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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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!
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?
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.
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.
Yes, I'd love to take on March Madness and the Billion Dollar Prize.
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.
Are we still in a Red Scare? People still seem to only associate Socialism with big spooky government.
Why do you think most Leninist revolutions have ended with failure and a reversal to capitalism?
Any predictions for the Dolphins this season? How are our playoff hopes looking?
What is your opinion on the CDC not being allowed to conduct research on gun violence?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Which of these teams is most likely to have a breakout season?
--Vikings --Chiefs --Falcons --Rams --49ers --Giants
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.
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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?
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?
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.
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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.
I've never played Fantasy Football before but I am this year. What should my first few picks be?
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.
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!
Was the best university in the US to study economics? especially if i'm interested in Marxian economics?
Thanks, UNU. This looks like it will really help me out.
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.
my pleasure - good luck this year!
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"?
Hey smart guy, who will win each of the divisions (AFC West, East, etc.)?
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.
UNU Says the Pats will win the AFC East:
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.
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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!
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.
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.
Is Joe Flacco Elite?"
Scream it from the mountaintops:
UNU says: I doubt it
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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?
Will Tom Brady inflate his balls this year?
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.
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If cooperatives are a means of achieving socialism then how come the largest cooperative, Mondragon, was allowed to prosper in fascist Spain?
Hi UNU, Canadian here:
Will the Buffalo Bills ever relocate to Toronto?
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.
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?
Swarm, so that is based on popular opinion of a group of people?
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.
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.
How many points will Ezekiel Elliot score this year in non PPR leagues?
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.
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
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?
Who will be the highest scoring player in fantasy football this year?
Hey Scott, What is your current height and weight?
Also, what height and weight do you consider ideal for yourself?
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?
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
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.
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
Are you going to ruin betting with this sort of technology?
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(((
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?
You can judge for yourself. Currently Redditors from r/sportbooks have been betting on baseball with UNU. See last week's results:
What do you think OJ Simpson's legacy is as a football player?
What's your favourite food & drink?
Where do I have to go to become The Most Interesting Man in the World?
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
When is 'Undisputed 4' coming to dvd?
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
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
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 ;)
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?
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
Now it's a farm.
How many fantasy football points does Dak Prescott score this year?
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
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.
UNU SAYS: "115"
You can see a replay of UNU reaching this decision here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182965
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?
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.
If you could have a baby with any other man past, present, or fictional (assuming it's possible) who would it be?
UNU says: it's unlikely
You can see replay and analysis at the link above
What was the most intresting thing to ever happen to you?
You can see a study on how my Football Predictions compared with ESPN last year, here: http://unu.ai/swarms-beat-espn/
Mark Sanchez: Will he be traded, Cut or Play for the Broncos?
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.
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
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
Philosophy. World History. Mystery. Gardening.
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?
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)
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/
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?
So what are your thoughts on Cambozola cheese? I think it's the best cheese in the universe.
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
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.
Thanks for your concurrence. If you're still here, what's your favorite scotch? Mine is Ardbeg 10.
UNU Says: Dangeruss Wilson
See the other options and analysis at the link above.
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!
Will Virginia get it's own NFL team in the next 10 years?
So what's your favourite beer?
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!
What do you think?
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?
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.
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.
Twilight Zone v.s. House of Cards. A toss up. (Oh, Cosmos, the Carl Sagan show.)
Do you have a preference between A Bloody Mary and a Caesar?
Yes. Important question. Hail Caesar!