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Capitalism 2009 Lecture on the Global Crisis

Click below for the video & Powerpoint presentation of the lecture I gave in April 2009 in Helsinki to “Capitalism ’09: seeking alternatives to global capitalism.”

Videos at Left Forum website.

PowerPoint presentation.

This lecture outlines alternative models for understanding capitalism and capitalist crises; analyzes the relationship between the global financial and economic crises and a wider organic crisis and outlines both dominant neo-liberal and alternative, progressive frameworks. It makes five sets of policy recommendations and possible steps towards a more socially just and sustainable post-capitalist world order.

It was part of a conference organized by the Finland Left Forum in April 2009. Other speakers were Isabella Bakker who specializes in feminist political economy; researcher and climate activist Tadzio Müller, a critic of Green capitalism; Hilary Wainwright, editor of Red Pepper magazine and Oras Tynkkynen, MP of the Green Party in Finland.

After Bush

In November 2008 I gave a short presentation to open the discussions at a conference in Berlin called After Bush. The purpose of the conference was to look forward to the outlook for American domestic and foreign policies following the 2008 Presidential election. For those interested in my arguments about the likely shape of President Obama’s policies, a podcast of my presentation may be downloaded from the Brecht Forum’s website here.

I argued that expectations of significant and progressive change in the main aspects of American economic and foreign policy under the new president were likely to be disappointed. All of the main advisers in his economics team were likely to follow the Wall Street-dominated economic policies that the US has pursued since the Clinton administration, and that were continued through the Bush presidency after 2000. Likewise, American foreign policy – at least in its strategic objectives – was likely to continue since its purpose was to sustain a socio-economic system that consumes the lion’s share of the world’s resources.

The Powerpoint presentation to go along with this podcast can be downloaded here.