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Socialism v. Capitalism: The Empirical Data w/Howard Waitzkin

Actually Existing Socialism

Release Date: 05/23/2022

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Premier episode! Dr. Howard Waitzkin joins the show to discuss  his landmark 1986 study which compares physical quality of life (life span, literacy rates, education accessibility, infant mortality rate etc.) between capitalist and socialist nations at the same level of development. The study demonstrates conclusively the material benefits of a socialist political economy. Some of the stuff we cover in this discussion includes origins of the study, it's startling conclusions, how it was received after publication (including criticisms), what this study would like replicated in 2022, and...

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Premier episode! Dr. Howard Waitzkin joins the show to discuss  his landmark 1986 study which compares physical quality of life (life span, literacy rates, education accessibility, infant mortality rate etc.) between capitalist and socialist nations at the same level of development.

The study demonstrates conclusively the material benefits of a socialist political economy. Some of the stuff we cover in this discussion includes origins of the study, it's startling conclusions, how it was received after publication (including criticisms), what this study would like replicated in 2022, and even how socialist countries have tackled COVID-19!

Links to the study itself and more information regarding this episode are freely accessible on the Patreon page:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/69057149/

 

Episode Credits

Intro/Outro:

(Internationale Trap Remix - Matt Cousins)

Opening Interlude Voice Over:

(Micheal Parenti - Reflections on the Overthrow of Communism)

Opening Interlude Music:

V.I.P.N - Epic Cloud Trap Beat