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RSA Animate have created a brilliant animated version of David Harvey‘s recent talk at the RSA on the crises of capitalism:

David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, and is the author of Companion to Marx’s Capital, The Limits to Capital, and Spaces of Global Capitalism, all from Verso.

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One of the most prescient texts on the financial crisis was by Bob Brenner, who wrote The Economics of Global Turbulence originally for New Left Review in 1998.  A new edition was published by Verso in 2006.Verso 1859847307 Economics of Global Turbulence

“A brilliant economic overview of the world’s current economic state.” — The Nation

“Here, at last—something good out of the left.” — Wall Street Journal

For years, the discipline of economics has been moving steadily away from the real world towards formalized axioms and mathematical models with only a precarious bearing on actuality. Commentators seek to fill the gap as best they can, but in the absence of real background scholarship, journalism is vulnerable to the myopias of fashion and immediacy. The deeper enigmas of post-war development remain in either case largely untouched.

Bringing together the strengths of both the economist and the historian, Robert Brenner rises to this challenge. In this work, a revised and newly introduced edition of his acclaimed New Left Review special report, he charts the turbulent post-war history of the global system and unearths the mechanisms of over-production and over-competition which lie behind its long-term crisis since the early 1970s, thereby demonstrating the thoroughly systematic factors behind wage repression, high unemployment and unequal development, and raising disturbing and far-reaching questions about its future trajectory.

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The first 3 people to answer the following question will win a copy of the book:

Which issue of New Left Review did the Economics of Global Turbulence first appear in?

Send your answer to enquiries AT verso.co.uk

Offer only open to those outside of North America.

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mason-paul-author-picPaul Mason, BBC Newsnight editor and author of the critically acclaimed Meltdown: The End of Greed will be speaking at Millers Academy about the financial crisis.

“A page turning account… Mason is refreshingly clear-eyed – and angry.” Will Hutton, Guardian

“What people need is a reliable guide to the financial crisis … Meltdown is the book they are looking for.” John Gray, New Statesman

“A lucid and sharply polemical account of the crisis.” Oliver Kamm, The Times

Paul has covered globalization and social justice stories from locations across the world, including Latin America, Africa and China. His previous book, Live Working, Die Fighting, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His highly popular blog, Idle Scrawl, chronicles the unfolding financial crisis.

To book tickets visit the Millers Academy website

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mason-paul-author-picBarack Obama’s audacity of hype crumbles
As Obama’s 100th day approaches, the dangers looming on the economic front are clear: neither on monetary, fiscal nor banking policy is there a tangibly successful programme in place. Meanwhile, the economic pain is getting worse, encouraging his opponents to chip away at his credibility. —  READ MORE
Paul Mason is editor of BBC Newsnight. Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed, his critically acclaimed account of the financial crisis is out now from Verso.
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verso-9781844673964-meltdown-smallMeltdown: The End of the Age of Greed has received a glowing review by John Gray in this week’s New Statesman.

“In these uncertain times it is easy to lose sight of the larger picture and longer view; most reportage and commentary is fixated on ephemera. What people need is a reliable guide to the financial crisis as a historical process, showing how collapsing banks and steeply rising unemployment are part of a large-scale shift in events and ideas. Paul Mason’s Meltdown is the book they are looking for. The economics editor of BBC2’s Newsnight, Mason presents a richly detailed narrative of the events of the past year while setting the story firmly in the context of the flaws in the type of capitalism that was let loose over the past 20 years.” To read the full review click here

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 mason-paul-author-picApril 23, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Paul Mason talks about the ongoing financial crisis that has brough the global economy to the brink of depression. Gordon Brown hailed the result of deregulation as the ‘golden age’ of banking in the UK. Mason will give insights into how deregulation is at the heart of the collapse of the banking system in September and October 2008 and how it led to expanded subprime mortgage lending, an uncontrollable derivatives market, and the lethal fusion of banking and insurance.

In his latest book Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed Mason goes on a journey from the trading floors of the New York and London stock exchange, to the meeting rooms of HBOS and Lehman Brothers and the minds of senior government officials. Meltdown explores the roots of the US and UK’s financial hubris, documenting the real-world causes and consequences, from the Ford factory, to Wall Street to the City of London.

Paul Mason is the Economics Editor of BBC’s Newsnight. The event is moderated by Michael Williams, Business Editor of  Sky News.

£10 – Booking now. Please telephone 02074798940 or email events@frontlineclub.com.

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“Has the bubble finally burst for capitalism? Global capitalism has been rescued from the brink of collapse by huge state bailouts. Newsnight’s economics editor looks at what may lie ahead…”

See an extract from Paul Mason’s new book Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed in the Sunday Times.

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