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Economics Seminar Series- Robert Chernomas, "Can Neoliberal Capitalism Affect Human Evolution?"

Economics Seminar Series- Robert Chernomas, "Can Neoliberal Capitalism Affect Human Evolution?"

Albert and Vera List Academic Center
General Public 

Professor Robert Chernomas, from Manitoba University will present his latest book, Can Neoliberal Capitalism Affect Human Evolution?  The seminar series features lectures, paper and book presentations from prominent Economists.

Our book Neoliberal Lives argues that what appears today as fragmented social, economic, environmental, and political problems are all manifestations of Neoliberalism- a 40-year-old class-based political-economic project to more favorably position capital in its struggle to preserve the conditions of profitability. It examines how the US business
class has successfully increased control over, privatized, or modified labor markets, the determinants of health, the health care system, welfare, education, democracy and the natural world with significant effects on our individual and collective life chances. The connection between genes, health outcomes and life chances are significantly
moderated by social factors. Changed physical and socioeconomic conditions in the Neoliberal era have created inequalities as a result of the differential accumulation of exposures and resource access, rooted in class-based circumstances that have been characterized as traumatogenic (capable of producing a wound or injury). The revolutionary field of epigenetics suggests these deleterious effects are transgenerational.

Hosted by the Economics Department at The New School for Social Research

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