B&B: Free Market idea | New industrial state | UN Economic Order | Inequality industry | Humanities’ economics | Feminism & anti-work | Capitalism erodes imagination

Blessed Be the Name of the Market? On the intellectual origins of market society and how the Scottish philosopher Adam Smith became an icon of American capitalism. A recorded conversation between Glory M. Liu, Jacob Soll, and Brad DeLong. The discussion builds on Liu’s new book Adam Smith’s America: How a Scottish Philosopher Became an Icon of American Capitalism (2022), Soll’s new book Free Market: The History of an Idea (2022), and DeLong’s recent book Slouching Towards Utopia: The Economic History of the 20th Century (2022)

The economics of organizations versus the economics of markets: John Kenneth Galbraith’s The New Industrial State helps explain the current “Corporate Republic” we live in and what will take the place of faith in the free market — by James K. Galbraith, an author of The End of Normal : the Great Crisis and the Future of Growth

On the evolving relevance of the “New International Economic Order”, promulgated by the United Nations in 1974, and its contemporary value in salvaging the radical and alternative future it presented — by Nils Gilman, an author of Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21 Century

Since 2008, bankers, IMF, politicians, philanthropic institutions have all started talking about inequality. But are they really interested in making the world more equal? On the growth of the inequality-industrial-complex in the last decade — by Atossa Abrahamian, an author of The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen

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Economics reduces behavior to simple rules; Humanities wallow in our full, complex particularity. What can they learn from each othe, asks John Lanchester, an author of How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say and What It Really Means

“Beyoncé Says, “Quit Your Job”: Feminism, Work, and Anti-work Freedom Freams”, a recorded talk by Wilson Sherwin on a remarkable historic example of collective mobilization waged by poor women for the right to live rich and meaningful lives

“The failure to acknowledge that the many global crises we now face are, inherently, crises of capitalism represents a massive failure of the imagination. And without the radicalization of the imagination, we have no hope of overcoming them.” An excerpt from Max Haiven‘s book Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons

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