finance

Wed 1.29.14 | Bottom Billion Capitalism

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How do we help the billion-plus humans who live in extreme poverty? Is microfinance part of the answer, and how should we evaluate its connection to "bottom billion capitalism," the effort to integrate desperately poor people into global circulations of finance capital? Ananya Roy looks at how poverty is viewed and addressed.

Mon 12.23.13 | Bottom Billion Capitalism

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How do we help the billion-plus humans who live in extreme poverty? Is microfinance part of the answer, and how should we evaluate its connection to "bottom billion capitalism," the effort to integrate desperately poor people into global circulations of finance capital? Ananya Roy looks at how poverty is viewed and addressed.

Tues 6.11.13 | Decline and Fall

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The collapse of US institutions has created a country of winners and losers, of plutocrats and those struggling to get by. In his new book George Packer uses biography and historical analysis to examine the past 35 years, a period during which this nation's social contract has gradually and relentlessly disintegrated.

Tues 6.04.13 | Money, Finance, and the Power of Symbols

David Hawkes, "Faust Among the Witches: Towards An Ethics of Representation" Early Modern Culture

David Hawkes, Ideology Routledge, 2003 (revised 2d ed.)

David Hawkes, The Culture of Usury in Renaissance England Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

 

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At the heart of the global economy, a regime dominated by lending and finance, is a symbol we call money. What does this say about who we are and how we work, and what ethical judgments can and should be made about money, wage labor, and capital investment? David Hawkes draws connections among money, human labor-time, usury, and other cultures' beliefs in magic.

Tues 1.01.13 | Finance Capitalism

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We are now in an era of global finance capitalism, says Richard Peet. But what does this mean? What's the relationship between finance capitalism and neoliberalism? Does finance capital exploit differently than industrial capital? And what are finance capitalism's main features and contradictions? Richard Peet explains how we got to this point; he also describes the perils of the current political-economic moment. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 11.21.12 | Berardi on Finance, Poetry, and Autonomia

Franco "Bifo" Berardi, The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance Semiotext(e), 2012

 

 

 

 

 

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What might finance capitalism have to do with poetry?  And how might resistance to the former come from the latter? Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Italian political philosopher, writer, and media theorist, discusses money, precarious labor in an age of information and heightened alienation, and why a mantra might be a powerful weapon. He also talks about the autonomist movement in Italy in the 1970s and his involvement in the iconoclastic pirate radio station based in Bologna, Radio Alice.

 

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