Economics

All essays that are primarily about economics

Teaching Workers

Teaching Workers

 Karl Marx’s famous dictum sums up my teaching philosophy: “The philosophers of the world have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.” As I came to see it, Marx had uncovered the inner workings of our society, showing both how it functioned and why it had to be transcended […]

Choosing an Occupation: The "Science" of Economics

Choosing an Occupation: The “Science” of Economics

The name, “Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science,” tells us that those who give the prize believe that economics is a science. This is certainly what my professors thought when I was a student. One argued that every good economist is a good physicist. There was even a joke that an exceptional economist who dies […]

The Road Beckons: Excerpt from Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate

The Road Beckons: Excerpt from Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate

 [Since Monthly Review Press made my book the special sale feature for September, I thought that it would be appropriate to end the month with an excerpt]  The distance between Pittsburgh and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is about seventy-five miles. Most of the trip is on Route 22, a dismal and depressing stretch of highway that perfectly […]

Memorializing Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memorializing Martin Luther King, Jr.

We often visit the monuments and museums along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and each time I am surprised at my heightened emotions when we are there. Maybe it is because the museums are free and some of the memorials grand and inspiring, and I can imagine for a few hours that this country […]

Socialism and Muhammad's Economic Blueprint

Socialism and Muhammad's Economic Blueprint

 The following is an interview of me (MDY) conducted by Cedric Muhammad (CM), who is an aide to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. An abbreviated version of the interview appears in The Final Call, the Nation of Islam’s newspaper. It is available […]

Public School Teachers: New Unions, New Alliances, New Politics

Public School Teachers: New Unions, New Alliances, New Politics

 The U.S. working class was slow to respond to the hard times it faced during and after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Finally, however, in February, 2011, workers in Wisconsin began the famous uprising that electrified the country, revolting in large numbers against Governor Scott Walker’s efforts to destroy the state’s public employee labor unions.  […]

Karen's Cancer

Karen’s Cancer

Karen was diagnosed with cancer five years ago, in March 2008. She had surgery, then radiation and chemotherapy. There followed many visits to doctors, first every three months, then every six months. Finally, three weeks ago, Karen’s doctor said that, barring some sudden change in health, she now has to return just once a year. […]