Audio: Podcast Ontocast Interview with Andrew Kliman

by MHI

Podcast Ontocast has just released a full-length interview with Marxist-Humanist economist Andrew Kliman. He is interviewed by Bruno Miller Theodosio and Gabriel Carvalho.

The interview, which was recorded on May 1, is in English. You can listen to it by clicking the “forward” arrow below. A version that includes Portuguese subtitles is forthcoming on YouTube.

Ontocast is a Brazil-based project that engages in scientific and philosophical communication, and that is “committed to the return to Marx, the renewal of Marxism, and discussion of counter-hegemonic and anti-dogmatic ideas within the communist movement.”
The episode, which is 1 hour and 49 minutes long, is entitled “Crítica da Economia Política – #09 – Sistema Unico-Temporal, Taxa de Lucro e Teoria do Valor em Marx” (Critique of Political Economy – #09 – Temporal Single-System, Rate of Profit and Theory of Value in Marx). It begins with a discussion of Marx’s value theory and the Sraffian criticism of, and alternative to, his theory. Kliman and the interviewers then discuss Marx’s theory of economic crisis, Kliman’s account of the underlying causes of the 2007–2009 Great Recession, and alternatives such as the “Monthly Review school’s” underconsumptionist crisis theory and financialization-based accounts of the Great Recession.

Kliman also identifies differences between Marx’s crisis theory and that of Henryk Grossmann, and he summarizes his argument as to why Grossmann’s breakdown theory is irreparably flawed. The remainder of the interview is devoted to a discussion of Marxist-Humanism, especially the contributions of Raya Dunayevskaya and the work of Marxist-Humanist Initiative, and to Modern Monetary Theory (MMT).

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