UW Madison students will see a new class option on their syllabus. “Class, State, and Ideology: An Introduction to Social Science in the Marxist Tradition” will be taught by Dr. Erik Olin Wright. The professor, who was born in Berkeley, will teach students how to effectively push back against the “oppressive” system of capitalism.
The College Fix reports:
A class at University of Wisconsin-Madison studies how capitalism “generates harms” and “is irrational in ways that hurt nearly everyone,” according to a copy of the syllabus recently obtained through a public records act request by the MacIver Institute…
The course explores the “full range of harms and forms of injustice associated with capitalism. These critiques can be broadly grouped under three rubrics: exploitation, domination, and irrationality,” it states.
It would be one thing to teach about capitalism and its potential problems, but that’s not what this professor will be doing. “Mere critique is not the end goal of this course, however, but societal and institutional transformation.” Wow, that’s a lofty goal for a grad course. “Its purpose, according to the nearly 80-page syllabus, is to teach Marxism as an ‘emancipatory social science,’ that is to ‘fulfill the goal of generating critical social scientific knowledge relevant to the task of challenging systems of oppression.’”
Gosh, you’d think if Dr. Wright felt so strongly about it, he’d just offer up his course for free on the internet so more people can learn how to topple America’s financial system. So, how much money does it take to pay tuition at UW Madison? Approximately $25,294 for out-of-state tuition and $47,544 for in-state tuition. I wonder how much Dr. Wright's salary is, come to think of it? The whole thing reminds me of this:
Image Credit: Jeremy hunsinger on FlickR