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“On Karl Marx”: David Harvey

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression has generated a surge of interest in Marx’s work in the effort to understand the origins of our current crisis. For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Karl Marx Capital, becoming one of the world’s foremost Marx scholars.

This evening David Harvey will explain why a fundamental revision of the dominant Marx interpretation is necessary and what makes Capital a book that changed the course of history and, as Harvey suggests, may do so again. According to Harvey we should better read Marx instead of Piketty as he writes:

“There is much that is valuable in Piketty’s data sets. But his explanation as to why the inequalities and oligarchic tendencies arise is seriously flawed. His proposals as to the remedies for the inequalities are naïve if not utopian. And he has certainly not produced a working model for capital of the twenty-first century. For that we still need Marx or his modern-day equivalent.”


About David Harvey:
David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of many books, including Social Justice and the City, The Condition of Postmodernity, The Limits to Capital, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Spaces of Global Capitalism, and A Companion to Marx’s Capital.

After his lecture Harvey will have a discussion with Senator in the Parliament of the the Dutch Socialist Party (SP) and Marx expert, Geert Reuten, and Professor of Financial Geography Ewald Engelen. Kirsten van den Hul will moderate the evening.

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Programme editor: Marije Ligthart (De Balie). In cooperation with IISG

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