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The Leaderless Revolution: How ordinary people will take power and change politics in the 21st century - 2011LSE public lecture
This note was shared with members of the OWS working group on Alternative Banking today: The Commons: A Good Bank
New York, NY - Almost every time I'm interviewed by a mainstream journalist about Occupy Wall Street I get some variation of the same lecture:
I am tempted to make an unkind pun on the word “lie” in the title of this Chronicle of Higher Education article , which claims that the “Movement’s principles arise from scholarship on anarchy,” in particular those of David Graeber: Occupy Wall Street’s most defining characteristics—its decentralized nature and its intensive process of participatory, consensus-based decision-making—are rooted in other precincts of academe and activism: in the scholarship of anarchism and, specifically, in an ethnography of central Madagascar.
Ralph Miliband Series on The Future of Global Capitalism Date: Wednesday 21 October 2009 Time: 6.30-8pm Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building Speaker: Professor John Gray Chair: Martin Jacques
Global Policy public lecture Date: Thursday 17 March 2011 Time: 5-6.15pm Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building Speaker: Professor Dani Rodrik Chair: Professor David Held
Dani Rodriks's new book is a very interesting - and rather alarming - look at the current state of globalization. His basic proposition is that we are currently experiencing the: 'fundamental political trilemma of the world economy: we cannot simultaneously pursue democracy, national determination, and economic globalization. If we want to push globalization further, we have to give up either the nation state or democratic politics.
From the Middle East to the streets of London and cities across the US there is a discontent with the status quo. Whether it is with the iron grip of entrenched governments or the widening economic divide between the rich and those struggling to get by.
The Party of Wall Street has ruled unchallenged in the United States for far too long.
How did we get here? perspectives...