Next Meeting: Guy Standing – “The Corruption of Capitalism”

The Marx Research Seminar is pleased to welcome Guy Standing (SOAS, University of London) to Lincoln on the 13th March 2017, where he will be presenting on ‘The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers thrive and the Precariat struggles’:

In the context of globalisation and the latter stages of the neo-liberal phase of the Global Transformation, in what is called austerity, the 20th century income distribution system has broken down irretrievably. Aided by the silicon revolution and labour market flexibility policies, the interests of financial capital have constructed an unfree market system of rentier capitalism. 

One consequence is that the growing inequality has generated a global class structure in which the precariat is growing and becoming more insecure and vulnerable. The precariat consists of millions of people forced to live unstable lives, without occupational identify, relying on low and volatile money wages and losing all forms of rights. It is alienated, anomic, anxious and angry, and is fomenting dangerous forms of populism. This presentation will elaborate on these themes, drawing on a trilogy of recent books.

This lecture is in MC0024, in the Media, Humanities and Technology building of the University of Lincoln. Refreshments will be available from 5pm, with the lecture beginning at 5:15pm.

To book on to this event, please click here.

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Next Meeting: March 13th 2017

Following Dr. Christopher Marlow’s thought-provoking paper on Shakespeare, Cultural Materialism and Agency this week, the Marx Research Seminar will next meet on March 13th 2017, when it will welcome Professor Guy Standing.

Professor Standing’s paper is entitled ‘The Precariat under Rentier Capitalism’. More details on this paper will be available in the coming weeks.

This is a free event, and welcomes staff and students from all levels and colleges. It will be in MC0024, on the ground floor of the MHT building. There will also be light refreshments available.

More information about this year’s speaker series can be found here.

Please note, Professor Standing’s paper will begin at the slightly later time of 17:15 on Monday 13th March, rather than the usual Tuesday slot.