Thursday 2 October 2014

Seventeen Contradictions Of Capitalism: Interview With David Harvey

Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) below talks to David Harvey about capitalism, crisis and social movements ahead of the release of his latest book earlier this year, Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism.

Harvey is a pretty orthodox Marxist scholar, not really ecosocialist, but I think one of the most important thinkers on the Left these days. In the book Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism he examines these contradictions whilst acknowledging that they are unlikely to bring about the system's demise, without a push from below.

He (prematurely in my view) dismisses the idea that climate change on it's own will end capitalism, but he does see 'compound growth' which is inherent for the health of the system, one of the contradictions he identifies, as perhaps the greatest danger to the continuance of capitalism in the future. 

It is definitely worth a read. 

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