Capitalism, feudalism, and plagues: Another Wolff take

I’m sure you’re all shocked to discover that I think Richard Wolff said a thing worth considering again. The history of capitalism has come with a long series of disasters that were, on the surface, not “caused” by capitalism. Upon closer inspection, for many of them, we can see how capitalism works to turn problems into catastrophes. The Irish Potato Famine, the Dust Bowl, Hurricane Katrina, and the list goes on. Many have pointed out how that same dynamic has been at work in the current pandemic crisis, particularly in the United States, and in this video, Wolff is drawing a useful parallel between the current circumstances, and the Bubonic Plague.


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