Empire and Economics: The Long History of Debt-Cancelation from Antiquity to Today
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April 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Debt plays a central role in upholding the economic and social order of the day. In the US, mounting debt and the crippling financialization of our lives is taken as fact. Our political leaders see no real problem and offer no serious solution. This was not always the case. Throughout antiquity, widespread debt-cancellation was understood as a moral and practical necessity. In a significant new book, …and Forgive Them Their Debts, economist Michael Hudson traces the biblical demand against debt and the long history of economic jubilees. Counter to dominant history and theology, Hudson reveals how the Bible itself is concerned most with the moral failure of economic systems, rather than personal sin.
Join Dr. Michael Hudson, New Testament Scholar Dr. Aliou Niang and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Biblical Scholar and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, for a discussion on the history of debt and what it means for our context today. Moderated by Shailly Gupta Barnes and the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice.
Michael HudsonMichael Hudson is a financial analyst and president of the Institute for the Study of Long Term Economic Trends. He is distinguished research professor of economics at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and professor at the School of Marxist Studies, Peking University in China. Hudson has written or edited more than ten books on the politics … Read More ›
Aliou Cissé NiangAliou Cissé Niang is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York. His research interests include Postcolonial Criticism in conversation with Social Criticism and Cross-Cultural Studies. Dr. Niang earned his B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in history (Cum Laude) at Williams Baptist College in Walnut … Read More ›
Liz TheoharisThe Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is the Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. She is the Director of the Kairos Center and a Founder and the Coordinator of the Poverty Initiative. She has spent the past … Read More ›
Shailly Gupta Barnes