Capitalism Gets Knocked Down (and then gets up again)

Host/Sponsor: 
Zero Books
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Abstract: 
Michael Roberts is a leading blogger on Marxist Economics. His book "World in Crisis" is a collection of essays that provide empirical evidence for Marx's theory of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall and this panel will present information about the long economic crisis we've experienced since 2008. What are the political lessons to be drawn from the evidence that capitalism is inherently prone to crisis?
Reading List: 
Michael Roberts Blog
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Douglas
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Lain
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Zero Books
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Douglas Lain is the publisher of Zero Books, a novelist, a blogger, and a podcaster. His first novel, entitled Billy Moon tells the story of Christopher Robin Milne’s fictional involvement with the French general strike in May of 1968, and was released from Tor Books in 2013. His second book entitled After the Saucers Landed is about a Fluxus artist and Ufologist who sinks into a deep depression after the aliens arrive on schedule. About Zero Books Contemporary culture has eliminated the concept and public figure of the intellectual. A cretinous anti-intellectualism presides, cheerled by hacks in the pay of multinational corporations who reassure their bored readers that there is no need to rouse themselves from their stupor. Zero Books knows that another kind of discourse — intellectual without being academic, popular without being populist — is not only possible: it is already flourishing. Zero is convinced that in the unthinking, blandly consensual culture in which we live, critical and engaged theoretical reflection is more important than ever before.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Michael
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Roberts
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Michael Roberts blog "The Next Recession"
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Michael Roberts works in the City of London as an economist. He has closely observed the machinations of the global financial system from the dragon’s den. He has been a follower of the Marxist view of society for over 40 years.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Pete
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Dolack
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Green Party, Zero Books
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Pete Dolack has extensive experience as an activist, having been a local chapter coordinator for Amnesty International in the early 1990s and subsequently working with a variety of groups, including Trade Justice New York Metro, the National People’s Campaign, New York Workers Against Fascism, the Brooklyn Greens/Green Party of New York and the No Spray Coalition (an anti-pesticide environmental group, of which he was a co-founder, that forced New York City to stop mass spraying of pesticides). He also served for two years as editor of the Green Party of New York’s newspaper. Dolack has written for The Ecologist, Z Magazine, Climate & Capitalism, The New Jurist, Portside, World War 4 Report, Green Social Thought and Green Left Weekly. His book "It's Not Over: Learning from the Socialist Experiment" was published in February of 2016
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Terry
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Tapp
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Zero Books (author)
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Terry Tapp is an artist and writer living in New York City. Originally from Central Appalachia, Terry spent many years working trade jobs, wandering through the American south. His book "A Serf's Journal: The Story of the United States' Longest Wildcat Strike" is due out in November of 2017 from Zero Books.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Douglas
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Lain
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Zero Books
 

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