Capitalism and the State

Machete Confrontation at Occupy Philadelphia

Machete Group members Avi Alpert and Gabriel Rockhill in dialogue with Nancy Fraser and Annika Thiem

Friday, 21 October, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.

The Library of Occupy Philadelphia (SE Corner of Encampment)
City Hall, at the Intersection of Market Street and Broad Street

As a continuation of our Confrontations series on Public Pedagogy in support of the Occupy Together Movement, the Machete Group proposes a collective symposium on “Capitalism and the State.”  Based on the confrontation between various texts (see below) and points of view, we propose a public discussion on the relationship between capitalism and the state.  We will critically explore the supposed opposition between the state and the ‘free market,’ questioning the credo of economic liberalism.  We will also raise questions regarding the history of the relationship between capitalism and state intervention in order to shed light on our current conjuncture and debates on the ‘new spirit of capitalism.’

Although it is not a requirement for participation, the texts of reference are available for download below. A limited number of hardcopies will also be made available at the Occupy Philadelphia Library.

Budgen, Sebastian, “A New ‘Spirit of Capitalism’” (book review)
Engels, Friedrich and Karl Marx, “Manifesto of the Communist Party
Harvey, David, selection from A Brief History of Neoliberalism
Polanyi, Karl, selection from The Great Transformation

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