Orwell for Socialism

In a reflective moment, George Orwell wrote, “Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it.”  Yet if you actually read his oeuvre, you’ll find a striking disparity: Orwell’s anti-totalitarian writing is massive, but his pro-socialist writing is wafer thin.

The Many Capitalisms, and Socialisms (28m) – Episode 442

Episode 442 has Skyler giving follow-up commentary on Episode 433, his response to Richard Wolff after his debates with David Friedman and Gene Epstein. This episode picks apart definitions for capitalism and socialism and shows how even the most horrible dictators and slaveowners in human history can be considered capitalists if we pervert words and concepts thoroughly enough.

Plain Old Free Market Capitalism and its Parodies

“Sustainable capitalism” means imposed stagnation, the elimination of creative destruction, and permanent Keynesian feudalism. “Inclusive capitalism” means degrading paternalism, ideological intimidation, and the demand for strict collaboration with one’s self-proclaimed political overlords. “Stakeholder capitalism” means the suppression of entrepreneurial independence and permanent regime uncertainty for businesspeople who abhor cronyism.

Skyler J. Collins vs. Richard D. Wolff on Capitalism and Socialism (47m) – Episode 433

Episode 433 has Skyler responding to claims and arguments made by Richard Wolff in debates with David Friedman and Gene Epstein. Topics include: Wolff’s debate tactic of feigning ignorance; Wolff’s definitions of capitalism and socialism; the concept of self-ownership; the concept of private property from original appropriation; how private firms can be organized; capitalism as a concept verse markets as a concept; and more.