“Debate: Is Capitalism Compatible with Democracy?”


Online March 15, 2023 9:05 am - 9:50 am

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Eric Nee
Bhaskar Sunkara

With the demise of neo-liberalism many are beginning to question whether capitalism itself is compatible with democracy. Some believe that it is, arguing that with reforms, capitalism can be made more equitable, inclusive and responsive to society’s needs. Others argue that capitalism itself is inherently undemocratic and only socialism can be the foundation for an equitable, inclusive, and democratic society. This session will feature a debate about whether capitalism can be reformed or if it needs to be replaced.

Join Bhaskar Sunkara, author of The Socialist Manifesto, founding editor of Jacobin, and former vice-chair of Democratic Socialists of America, and Matthew Bishop, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, author of Philanthrocapitalism, and former global business editor of The Economist, as they advocate for dueling economic philosophies. Eric Nee, editor in chief of Stanford Social Innovation Review, will moderate what is sure to be an inspiring and spirited discussion.