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People & Politics: Why Are Politicians Not Talking About the City of London or the Super-rich? Conversation with Ann Pettifor

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

How can a democratic society break the despotic power of finance? And of the neoliberal orthodoxy?
How do we define and make sense of our financial resources, and how do they undermine democracy?

Join us for the launch event of our People & Politics series that aims to delve beneath the surface of some of the most urgent political and social issues that are facing both young and old in the UK and beyond. The first season will focus on the theme of Democracy in the 21st Century. 

Ann Pettifor is a leading economist and is attributed with predicting the recent financial crisis. She will be approaching the theme of the series from the perspective of “Resources”. She will be discussing how the economy and financial system can work together for mutual prosperity, and how society can curtail the power of a very powerful financial elite. 

Some of the questions we will be asking Ann: 

What is “austerity” in this context of democracy? How do we democratise our financial system and integrate it into political debate? What does it mean to say “Britain cannot afford x”? What is the link between financial capital and our natural resources? How do we resist the dominant neoliberal economic orthodoxy? What is “the market” (i.e. sovereign debt markets) and how/why do they have so much power over us?

Join us for a captivating interview and discussion with Ann Pettifor. All guests will have the opportunity to ask questions.