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Saturday, October 13 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Capitalism vs. Democracy

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Does democracy need to be reformed to preserve economic growth for all, or does capitalism need to be reformed to preserve democracy? That is the question we will tackle with three preeminent thinkers. Economist Dambisa Moyo, one of Time Magazine’s100 Most Influential People, argues in Edge of Chaosthat economic growth is paramount and that democracy must undergo radical reforms to deliver it. Robert Kuttner’s title speaks volumes: Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?  Kuttner blames global, predatory capitalism for workers’ declining prospects and the subsequent dwindling of democracy. Yascha Mounk, in The People vs. Democracy, deemed by The Economist a “standout” book on this subject, thinks people have fallen out of love with democracy and offers a brilliant analysis of why and what to do about it. Our moderator-cum-referee is Rebecca Henderson, who teaches Reimagining Capitalism at Harvard Business School.

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Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson is one of 25 University Professors at Harvard, a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of both the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research explores the degree to which the private sector can... Read More →

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Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is an award-winning economics journalist and professor. He was a long-time columnist at BusinessWeek and is a cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect magazine. He has also worked as a staff writer and columnist for the Washington Post, economics editor of... Read More →
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Yascha Mounk

Yascha Mounk is a writer, academic, and public speaker known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy. He is the author of The People versus Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It, which explains the causes of the populist rise and... Read More →
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Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. Her latest book is Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth and How to Fix It. She advises companies, corporate boards, CEOs, and management on investment... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Old South Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA