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1 October 2009: A Left View of the Neoliberal Crisis

1 October 2009

A year has past since the world fell into the deepest economic crisis since the 1930s and the end is nowhere in sight. Vulnerable groups like youth, migrants and precarious workers will be especially hard hit.

Still, many economists say that the crisis is ending. These are the same economists who, before the outbreak of the current mayhem, claimed it would never happen and they are the same ones who spent years encouraging the de-regularisation of the economy and privatisation of public services – part of the causes of the current crisis. In contrast, there are progressive economists who have always challenged neoliberal orthodoxy and who pointed out the dangers of the growing instability of the world economy.


The IIRE and the Grenzeloos magazine invite you to spend an evening with two internationally known critical economists and a Marxist theoretician who will talk about US-China Relations since the crisis. They will discus their interpretation of the causes of the crisis and their expectations for its development.


IIRE Fellow Michel Husson is an economist at the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) in Paris. He is member of the left think tank Copernic Foundation and a member of the Scientific Council of ATTAC. He has just published Un pur capitalisme, Lausanne 2008, (Éditions Page Deux). You can read some of his articles at

IIRE Fellow Claudio Katz is an economist and lecturer at the University of Buenos Aires. He is a member of the South American network  ‘Economistas de Izquierda’ (EDI, ’Economists of the Left’). You can find his articles at




Chirs Harman is Editor of International Socialism, a Marxist theoretical journal published in Britain. Among his many publications, he authored 'A People's History of the World' (1999). For more information on his works and commentaries see:

Date:  1 October 2009

Location: IIRE, Lombokstraat 40, Amsterdam

Time: 20.00 hrs



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