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Socialist Optimism: A Panel Discussion

Wed, 7 December 2016, 18:00 to 20:00

Bloomsbury Room (Rm 35), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The Open Political Economy Group (OPEG) is holding a panel discussion on Paul Auerbach's new book Socialist Optimism: An Alternative Political Economy for the Twenty-First Century. Panel members will be:

  • Dr Paul Auerbach, Kingston University
  • Dr Constantinos Repapis, Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths
  • Dr Dimitris P Sotiropoulos, The Open University Business School.

Socialist Optimism offers an alternative political economy for the twenty-first century. Present-day capitalism has generated growing inequality of income and wealth, persistent high levels of unemployment and ever-diminishing prospects for young people. But in the absence of a positive vision of how society and the economy might develop in the future, the present trajectory of capitalism will never be derailed, no matter how acute the critique of present-day developments.

The detailed blueprint presented in the book focuses upon the education and upbringing of children in the context of social equality and household security. It yields a well-defined path to human development and liberation, as well as democratic control of working life and public affairs.

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