6/12 Capitalism: The Future Of An Illusion w/ Fred L. Block

June 12, 2019

Fred L. Block, Professor of Sociology at the University of California Davis, joins us to discuss his new book, Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion.

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Fred L. Block, Professor of Sociology at the University of California Davis, joins us to discuss his new book, Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion. The meaning of the book’s title and why Block chose to echo Freud’s 1927 book on religion. While most people believe that capitalist economies are autonomous, self-regulating and unchanging, they are actually plagued by contradictions and heavily shaped by government policy. In this book, Block makes the case that greater democratic control over the economy would help it function better, not worse, should the world’s superpowers manage to implement sweeping redistributionist and environmental reforms like the Green New Deal.

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