Urban Economics, Politics & the Environmental Crisis

David Harvey HARDtalk at the BBC (2012)

In Rebel Cities (2013) Harvey places the city at the heart of both capital and class struggles. Comparing sites from Johannesburg to Mumbai, from New York City to São Paulo, and drawing on the Paris Commune, the Occupy Wall Street movement and the London Riots, he asks how cities might be reorganized to function socially and ecologically as the new focus for resisting capitalist excess.

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Richard Wolff and David Harvey in conversation with Charlie Rose (2013)
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Richard Wolff —Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism (2012).
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Capitalism, like all other economic systems, displays a variety of forms. Largely private, laissez-faire kinds of capitalism differ from forms of capitalism where the state plays more significant roles, such as market regulator or social welfare guarantor (as in “state welfare capitalism”), or as a close partner of capitalists as in fascism. What remains the same across all forms – what makes them all “capitalist” – is the exclusion of the workers producing the output and generating the profits from receiving and distributing that profit, and from participating in the decision making process. Capitalism excludes workers from deciding what is produced, how it is produced, where it is produced and how profits are used and distributed. Democracy at Work provides an alternative aimed at changing all that.
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David Harvey — Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution (2013).
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In his rousing manifesto on the city and the commons acclaimed theorist David Harvey reminds us that long before Occupy, cities were the centers of capital accumulation as well as of revolutionary politics, where deeper currents of social and political change rise to the surface. Do the financiers and developers control access to urban resources or do the people? And who decides on the quality and organization of daily life?
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Jim Channos, President, Kinikos Associates investment fund
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A conversation about economics in China and the growing credit bubble.
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