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May
24
2017
15:00–17:00

Open seminar

How to be an anti-capitalist today

Documentation


The American sociologist Erik Olin Wright lecture on "How to be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century".

What are the reasons to be "anti-capitalist" and what does this really mean? Is it still possible to be anti-capitalist in a time when everything can be bought for money? What would a practical anti-capitalism look like today? Where can we find examples and what are the dangers? What should be the radical reforms, the main means and goals?

In a series of writings, the American sociologist and Marxist Erik Olin Wright has developed his views on what it means to work for the realization of realistic utopias, particularly economic democracy. In this lecture, with subsequent comments by Swedish researchers and commentators, Wright describes a situation where moral outrage at injustice and inequality isn't enough. We need to build practical alternatives to an increasingly unsustainable capitalist world order. Erik Olin Wright, professor of sociology at the University Wisconsin, Madison, US, has been one of the world's most famous social scientists and leftist intellectuals for the past thirty years. Among his recent books we find Understanding Class (Verso 2015) and Envisioning Real Utopias (Verso 2010).

Comments:
Marika Lindgren Åsbrink, researcher and author, leads LO's equality inquiry
Åsa Odin Ekman, a Social Democrat, editing "Klass i Sverige"

Moderator: Stefan Svallfors, professor of sociology works at the Institute for Future Studies

Time: Wednesday, May 24th at 15:00 to 17:00
Location: ABF-huset, Sveavägen 41 in Stockholm

The seminar is co-organized with ABF Stockholm, Arena Idé and Katalys.

OBS! You need to buy a ticket in advance, 80 SEK. Tickets are available here.