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Challenging – and Maybe Transcending – Capitalism Through Real Utopias
Montag, 15. Mai 2017, 18:00 bis 19:30
Vortrag von Erik Olin Wright (University of Wisconsin) zum Thema „Challenging – and Maybe Transcending – Capitalism. Through Real Utopias“. Im Anschluss findet eine Diskussionsrunde mit Thomas Biebricher (Goethe-Universität) und Nicholas Vrousalis (Universiteit Leiden) statt.
While capitalism has become more destructive both to the lives of people and the health of the environment, it seems to most people an unalterable force of nature. Social democratic hopes of taming capitalism by neutralizing its harmful effects through decisive state regulations have been undermined by the globalization and financialization of capital. Revolutionary ambitions of smashing capitalism through a ruptural seizure of state power, a coercive dissolution of capitalist institutions and their replacement by an emancipatory alternative, lack credibility. Are these the only logics of transformation? There may be a different route that points beyond capitalism: eroding capitalism by revitalizing the state’s capacity to democratically subordinate the market from above, by strengthening initiatives from below to build emancipatory alternatives in the spaces and cracks within capitalist economies where this is possible, and by struggling politically to defend and expand such spaces. These are central aspirations of constructing real utopias.
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Veranstaltungsort: Normative Orders, EG 01