David Harvey: The Crises of Capitalism + The Contradictions of Capitalism

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Originally posted July 5, 2010

theRSAorg on May 6, 2010

Marxist geographer David Harvey asks: is it time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane?

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RSA ANIMATE: Crises of Capitalism

theRSAorg on Jun 28, 2010

RSA Replay – The Contradictions of Capitalism

theRSAorg on Apr 9, 2014

One of the world’s most respected public thinkers visits the RSA to explore the hidden workings of capital. David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate School, unravels the paradoxes at the heart of capitalism and offers a manifesto for a new way forward.

Chair: Matthew Taylor, RSA chief executive.

[Shorter version]

David Harvey on The Contradictions of Capitalism

theRSAorg on Apr 30, 2014

from the archives:

Abby Martin: Capitalism–America’s Unofficial Religion + Understanding Marxism and Socialism

Communist Manifestoon

Chris Hedges and David Harvey: Enough is Enough of This Capitalist Fraud

Socialism: Our Alternative To The Madness Of The Market by Eric Ruder

Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger (must-see)

David Harvey: What is Neoliberalism? + Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason

What Will A Socialist Society Be Like? by Jessica Hansen-Weaver

Socialism: Creating a World to Change Our Lives by Sam Friedman (must-read)

What is Socialism? Parts 1-7

What If Workers Ran Society? by Elizabeth Schulte

The Difference Between Socialism, Communism, and Marxism Explained by a Marxist

The Early Christian Communists by Roman A. Montero

How To Achieve Socialism (repost)

What Might A Cooperative Economy Look Like? by Pete Dolack

What is Socialism? (archive of posts)

8 thoughts on “David Harvey: The Crises of Capitalism + The Contradictions of Capitalism

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  5. I enjoy listening to David Harvey; he seems transparently sane and moral, whereas so many economic discourses are only justifications for perpetuating blatant and disproportionate injustices within human society.

    Post-industrial economics is a species of hoodoo. A game of bluff and counter-bluff. Whereas what we should be advocating, are the best possible systems of global governance that can support and prosper all natural life; a methodology that is morally uplifting, sustaining and fulfilling. What we need to imagine is a flourishing biosphere and a truly convivial society ~ as the English agroecologist and co-founder of the Campaign for Real Farming, Colin Tudge describes a meaningful world worth living in.

    The current system is politicized theft and collateral mayhem: sophisticated algorithmic deception on a grand scale. Take the simple concept of shares, the notion that we can all participate freely in ‘markets’ and benefit according to our ability, discernment and prudence. This is a capricious & villainous artificial calculus. The business of ‘business’ is simply to generate selfish profit, whatever the cost to human society, to our habitat, to the greater environment and our life-supporting planetary ecology. There are no limits to growth. There are no ecologically determined restraints. Plunder, steal, cheat, exploit, intimidate and destroy ~ this is all called “success.” Economists will tell you that GDP measures productivity and throughput; but they seldom mention that it also includes technically illegal activities, the laundered money-flows and proceeds of organized crime!

    Economics at present is not a science, it is an ideological obsession that traffics in ecocidal illusion. We should and indeed, must, rethink the whole rationale of our existence within this precious Earth biosphere; who is calling the deadly shots, & exactly where, how and why we/they are complicit in this terminal insanity.

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