Eventbrite registration has sold out, but if you would like to attend the event, please show up in person at The People’s Forum at 5:45 on October 13.
Join us for a book talk with scholars Clara E. Mattei (The Capital Order) and Quinn Slobodian (Crack-Up Capitalism) as they discuss and connect the themes from their newest books. Joined by historian Adam Tooze (Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy), their discussion will illuminate the economic systems and strategies—from austerity, to tax havens, and beyond—that serve as the instruments that uphold and protect the capitalist system.
Clara E. Mattei is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department of The New School for Social Research, and was a 2018-2019 member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Studies. Her research contributes to the history of capitalism, exploring the critical relation between economic ideas and technocratic policy making. She recently published her first book titled The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism (University of Chicago Press, November 2022), which was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2022 and is being translated in more than 10 languages. It investigates the origins of austerity after the WWI crisis to understand its logic as a tool of reaction against any alternatives to capitalism. She is currently working on a book project which critically reassesses the Golden Age of Capitalism (1945-1975) and its Keynesianism through the lens of austerity capitalism. Her writings have appeared on The Guardian, Jacobin, The Nation and Il Fatto Quotidiano—an Italian national newspaper she contributes to regularly.
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