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A faith for the faithless: Geoff Mann on two centuries of Keynesianism

Tid: 2017-09-25 18:00 -- 2017-09-25 20:00
Plats: Biograf Panora, Friisgatan 19D
Målgrupp: All interested

Geoff Mann is a prominent economic geographer, based at Simon Fraser University in Canada. On September 25 he will be in Malmö and give a public lecture based on his most recent book In the Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy and Revolution (2017, Verso): a bracing critique of nothing less than the political economy of liberal government and capitalist modernity. 

In the long run we are all dead by Geoff Mann

"In the ruins of the 2007–2008 financial crisis, self-proclaimed progressives the world over clamoured to resurrect the economic theory of John Maynard Keynes. The crisis seemed to expose the disaster of small-state, free-market liberalization and deregulation. Keynesian political economy, in contrast, could put the state back at the heart of the economy and arm it with the knowledge needed to rescue us. But what it was supposed to rescue us from was not so clear. Was it the end of capitalism or the end of the world? For Keynesianism, the answer is both. Keynesians are not and never have been out to save capitalism, but rather to save civilization from itself. It is political economy, they promise, for the world in which we actually live: a world in which prices are “sticky,” information is “asymmetrical,” and uncertainty inescapable. In this world, things will definitely not take care of themselves in the long run. Poverty is ineradicable, markets fail, and revolutions lead to tyranny. Keynesianism is thus modern liberalism’s most persuasive internal critique, meeting two centuries of crisis with a proposal for capital without capitalism and revolution without revolutionaries.

If our current crises have renewed Keynesianism for so many, it is less because the present is worth saving, than because the future seems out of control. In that situation, Keynesianism is a perfect fit: a faith for the faithless.” 
The lecture is being organised by the Department of Urban Studies in close collaboration with Fronesis, and with support from Kungliga Vitterhetsakademien.
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