I watched the new movie Margin Call over the weekend. Margin Call is set at a major financial institution on the day that the firm realizes that their vast holdings in subprime mortgages are essentially worthless (for a good primer on the subprime debacle and its role in creating the Great Recession, read Michael Lewis' book, The Big Short).
On September 20, I attended a lecture by former UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown at The New School University. As he paced the stage, Brown outlined the themes of his new book, Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization.
Quite a title! I am sure we could come up with a globalization crisis that precedes the contemporary one he speaks of, but that's not the point of this post.
Max Fraad Wolff is a Professor of Economics in New School University GraduateProgram in International Affairs and a Senior Economist for Beryl Consulting Group LLC.
Philosopher, lawyer, and professor Howard Engelskirchen speaks about participatory economics and how democracy informs this practice, as well as the Marxist underpinnings of this movement.
Engelskirchen formerly taught at Union College, Iowa State University, and Western State University, and is the author of Capital as a Social Kind (Routledge, 2010). Here's a little bit about that book:
In this interview, Shakoor Aljuwani of Co-op Power speaks about the intersection of democracy and economics, economic justice, green jobs, urban renewal, the opportunity of the Left today for economic justice, Barack Obama's economic policies, and more.
Michael Perelman is a well known and well published author of articles and books on the uselessness of mainstream economics and the appropriateness of Marxist economics.