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The contradictions of capitalism and the urban question: David Harvey and Andy Merrifield in conversation
Birkbeck, University of London
3 April 2014

The Contradictions of Capitalism
Royal Society for the Arts
9 April 2014

The Contradictions of Capitalism
Royal Society for the Arts
9 April 2014

The 17 Contradictions of Capitalism
Department of Anthropology and Department of Geography and Environment public lecture
The London School of Economics and Political Science
2 April 2014

What I am seeking here is a better understanding of the contradictions of capital, not of capitalism. I want to know how the economic engine of capitalism works the way it does, and why it might stutter and stall and sometimes appear to be on the verge of collapse. I also want to show why this economic engine should be replaced, and with what.” –from the Introduction

Read the Prologue: The Crisis of Capitalism This Time Around [PDF]

Seventeen Contradictions and the End of CapitalismPublished by Profile Books in the UK:

Following on from The Enigma of Capital, the world’s leading Marxist thinker explores the hidden workings of capital and reveals the forces that will lead inexorably to the demise of our system.You thought capitalism was permanent? Think again.

David Harvey unravels the contradictions at the heart of capitalism – its drive, for example, to accumulate capital beyond the means of investing it, its imperative to use the cheapest methods of production that leads to consumers with no means of consumption, and its compulsion to exploit nature to the point of extinction. These are the tensions which underpin the persistence of mass unemployment, the downward spirals of Europe and Japan, and the unstable lurches forward of China and India.

Not that the contradictions of capital are all bad: they can lead to the innovations that make capitalism resilient and, it seems, permanent. Yet appearances can deceive: while many of capital’s contradictions can be managed, others will be fatal to our society. This new book is both an incisive guide to the world around us and a manifesto for change.

 


 

Seventeen Contradictions and the End of CapitalismPublished by Oxford University Press in the US:

To modern Western society, capitalism is the air we breathe, and most people rarely think to question it, for good or for ill. But knowing what makes capitalism work–and what makes it fail–is crucial to understanding its long-term health, and the vast implications for the global economy that go along with it.

In Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, the eminent scholar David Harvey, author of A Brief History of Neoliberalism, examines the internal contradictions within the flow of capital that have precipitated recent crises. He contends that while the contradictions have made capitalism flexible and resilient, they also contain the seeds of systemic catastrophe. Many of the contradictions are manageable, but some are fatal: the stress on endless compound growth, the necessity to exploit nature to its limits, and tendency toward universal alienation. Capitalism has always managed to extend the outer limits through “spatial fixes,” expanding the geography of the system to cover nations and people formerly outside of its range. Whether it can continue to expand is an open question, but Harvey thinks it unlikely in the medium term future: the limits cannot extend much further, and the recent financial crisis is a harbinger of this.

David Harvey has long been recognized as one of the world’s most acute critical analysts of the global capitalist system and the injustices that flow from it. In this book, he returns to the foundations of all of his work, dissecting and interrogating the fundamental illogic of our economic system, as well as giving us a look at how human societies are likely to evolve in a post-capitalist world.

 

Indebted citizenship – an interview with David Harvey in Teatro Valle
Andrea Mura
Open Democracy
24 February 2014

Commons, Conflicts and Disasters
ENTITLE network meeting & summer school
6 – 14 July 2013
Ermoupolis Syros, Greece
Organised by the Department of Geography, Harokopio University Athens

What Are the Economics of the Creative Economy?
The Graduate Center, CUNY
New York City
December 2, 2013

Graduate Center geographer David Harvey, author of Rebel Cities; Harvard economist Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph of the City; and Seth W. Pinsky, former president of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, debate the economic realities of New York’s creative and knowledge-based industries. Adam Davidson, host of NPR’s Planet Money, moderates.

This program is part of the yearlong initiative Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New York’s Creative Economy, produced by GC Public Programs in collaboration with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC).

jadaliyyaOn Why Struggles over Urban Space Matter
by Hiba Bou Akar and Nada Moumtaz
Jadaliyya
November 15, 2013

Why do urban struggles matter in projects of social change? What is the importance of reclaiming public space in social movements? And at this gloomy global moment of extreme urban disparities and social inequalities, how do we re-think what is possible? For insights on these questions, we interviewed David Harvey on 24 October 2013. Harvey is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)…

In this interview, Harvey illustrates how struggles over urban space and the quality of daily life in neighborhoods are intrinsic to understanding the dynamics of class struggle. He highlights the importance of joining struggles in projects of social change and calls for re-conceptualizing of the working class to include all “those people who produce and reproduce urban life.” The original interview was recorded, and subsequently transcribed by Duncan Wane.

Read the interview.

Contradictions of Capital
Edward J. Taaffe Colloquium
The Ohio State University
Department of Geography
Hosted by Joel Wainwright and Nada Moumtaz
October 25, 2013

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