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Capitalist Crisis, Socialist Struggles: A discussion between Guilherme Boulos, Nancy Fraser and Cinzia Arruzza

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Room A407, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall , A407 66 West 12th Street , New York, NY 10011

In this moment of capitalist crisis, how can the Left organize to stop the barbarism that is destroying the planet and our lives? How can socialist struggles step up to the challenge of offering a way out of the crisis that actually promotes justice, equality and freedom for all? In this frame, what does an anti-capitalist agenda look like? These are some of the questions that Guilherme Boulos, Nancy Fraser, and Cinzia Arruzza will be debating, drawing from their experiences as public intellectuals, scholars and political organizers.

Capitalism is facing one of its most serious moments of crisis - one that is not only economic, but also political and ecological.  All over the world, reactionary and authoritarian forces are rising and presenting themselves as a solution to this crisis. In the Americas, from the United States to Brazil, extreme right-wing governments are promoting white supremacy through nationalism and xenophobia, doubling down on the attacks against women and LGBTQ+ people, deploying the racist violence of law enforcement,  and promoting conservative values that support patriarchy and heteronormativity. Meanwhile, banks and finance institutions enjoy rampant profits, industries expand their production through the increasing precarization of labor and more and more people are living in poverty and without access to health, education and housing.

Guilherme Boulos is the national director of the Homeless Workers Movement in Brazil and was the candidate for the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL) in the last presidential elections. Nancy Fraser is Henry and Louise A. Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics and the New School for Social Research and a leading voice in the Left, having written extensively on capitalist crisis and feminist struggles. Cinzia Arruzza is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research and one of the main organizers of the International Women’s Strike in the United States.   

Presented by Capitalism Studies at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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