Open seminar

The end of capitalism? On how to create a vision of a sustainable future

Date: 9 October 2023
Time: 18:00-20:30

This is an event organized in cooperation with Fri Tanke.

Not too long ago, it was said that democracy had finally triumphed over totalitarian societal systems, and that long-term economic growth would ultimately redeem every country on Earth. Today, the situation is different.

Democracy is losing ground as voter groups gravitate towards authoritarian leaders, while economic growth and green technological development are increasingly questioned as solutions to the climate crisis. In short, we need to rethink our approach. Do we need a new economic and political system to address the societal and ecological crises we face and are already in the midst of? Do we even need to depart from capitalism?

In two new books, two serious attempts are made to discuss these questions and provide some concrete proposals for solutions. In her book Kapitalismens slut – Myten om grön tillväxt (The End of Capitalism - The Myth of Green Growth), German economics journalist Ulrike Herrmann argues that the climate crisis demands a radical reorganization of the modern economy. In Grundbulten – tillit och visionen om en liberal socialism (The Cornerstone - Trust and the Vision of Liberal Socialism), political scientist Bo Rothstein challenges our post-liberal era and advocates for an innovative form of liberal socialism.

Welcome to a discussion about two of our time's critical issues: the decline of democracy and the climate crisis. Ulrike Herrmann and Bo Rothstein will join sociologist Roland Paulsen on stage. How can a vision of a sustainable future be formulated?

The conversation will be moderated by Peter Alestig at Dagens Nyheter, and we will listen to jazz singer Isabella Lundgren.

Venue: Musikaliska Kvarteret, Nybrokajen 11 in Stockholm

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