Left Forum: Austerity Isnt Working

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I am speaking in two panels at the Left Forum – I hope you can join us.

Austerity isn’t Working, Can Keynesian Reforms Save the System?

Saturday, 8th of June 10:00am-11:50am
Pace University, New York City

Room: W613

Abstract: Three contributions on the question, Is a Reformist Solution Possible?
Hillel Ticktin looks at the conflict between the Keynesians and those who favor a return to 19th Century capitalism; Michael Hudson asks whether Austerity is simply a European mis-step or is the Class War Back in Business, and Robert Brenner analyzes the roots of the crisis looking at Finance and the Real Economy. Suzi Weissman chairs/moderates.

Chair, Speakers: Suzi Weissman — Saint Mary’s College of CA and KPFK Los Angeles, Hillel Ticktin — Editor, Critique Journal, Michael Hudson — University of Missouri, Kansas City, Robert Brenner — UCLA

Primitive Accumulation in Light of the Current Onslaught of Austerity
Saturday, 8th of June 12:00pm-01:40pm
Pace University, New York City

Room: W613

Abstract: This panel addresses the damage austerity is doing to the economy and society. Its backdrop will be Karl Marx’s analysis of the role of classical primitive accumulation. For all its brutality, classical political accumulation may deserve some credit in promoting the development of capitalism’s productive capacity. In contrast to classical primitive accumulation, the modern variant seems to be almost entirely extractive, feeding the voracious appetite of finance capital, by consuming what might otherwise nourish the lives of the people, including those parts of the public sector that serve human needs.

Chair, Speakers: Michael Perelman — Economics Department, California State University Chico, David McNally — Political Science Department, York University, Toronto, Michael Hudson — Research Prof of Economics, University of Missouri, KC, and Research Associate at the Levy Institute

Left Forum is the largest annual conference of the broad Left in the United States. Each spring thousands of conference participants come together to discuss pressing local, national and global issues; to better understand commonalities and differences, and alternatives to current predicaments; or to share ideas to help build social movements to transform the world.

This year’s theme of Left Forum is “Mobilizing for Economical/Ecological transformation.” 
Speakers include Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone and Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera

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