Worker Self Directed Enterprises

There’s a lot I like, and dislike, about Richard Wolff.

One thing that seems OK is his promotion of Worker Self Directed Enterprises (WSDE). One of his latest works is a book (more here):


David Ellerman actually beat Wolff to it with Abolish Human Rentals. I like Ellerman’s approach better, but Wolff has commanded a lot of attention lately.

What I don’t like is that Wolff falls into the same trench a lot of people on the so-called left do, mainly that they want to use the State to fix disasters that are a function of the State itself. He also fails to see or acknowledge an alternative to his Statist approach, that of free market anti-capitalism. He’s really anti-market, like Micheal Albert, and from what I can see thus far, like Albert, promotes a bureaucratic machine though Wolff says otherwise regularly in his Economic Update radio program. If Wolf understood that “cost should be the limit of price” and that markets can be anti capitalist, he may sing a different tune. Instead he’s stuck in the same same statist left paradigm that needs shifting.

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