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Robert Wade in Christchurch

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Robert Wade will speak on “Inequality and the We st” in Christchurch tomorrow Friday – 4pm in Lecture Hall A3, Arts Centre, University Drive, Christchurch. His lectures in Auckland and Dunedin have been packed – had to move the venue in Dunedin and could have filled it twice over in Auckland. He is speaking in conjunction with the launch of Max Rashbrooke-edited book “Inequality; A New Zealand Crisis” produced by Bridget Williams Books. All welcome.

7 comments on “Robert Wade in Christchurch ”

  1. Shane Gallagher 1

    Well worth going to. Excellent speaker. Saw him last night and he has a very interesting thing to say about progressive economic policies and why he thinks the left is getting things wrong.

  2. Yeah but its all delusional bullshit.
    Capitalism has long passed the possibility of even pretending to equalise incomes.
    Its premised on a fundamental inequality where one class lives off another.
    Its very survival requires it to increase those inequalities.
    It’s not an option, its a heart massage.
    Ask the multimillions that took to the streets in Egypt, or Brazil, or Turkey or a country near you soon.
    Wade is an academic, his rationale is to believe that intellectuals and experts can administer the right medicine for a dying capitalism.
    And that is not even to factor in the fact that a dying capitalism is killing us all as well as the planet in the process.
    The Fabian dream was conceived at the birth of capitalism imperialism when to survive even then capitalism had to rob the non-European world of its resources.
    Today its a nightmare and the sooner the sleepy kiwis wake up the sooner they can get on with saving their lives and those of a children and grandchildren.

  3. Venezia 3

    A very thought provoking lecture by Prof Wade. Main points included that we (all western countries) are transiting from democratic market capitalism towards “Oligarchic Impunity Capitalism” with consequent high and rising economic, social, health and political costs. The top 1% of income earners (who fund political parties) are increasingly shaping public policy in their interests. Democracy is suffering in the process. He looked at the “money-empathy gap” shown to correlate with a wealth mindset. Wade gave lots of evidence of this state of affairs. He also highlighted ways in which the debate about social inequality is framed, which helps a lot of people to support the status quo. Progressive people need to push for initiatives to make capitalism work for everyone. This is our most pressing problem. He argues for Predistribution (how to make market income more fair) rather than redistribution (tax policy and public spending policy). Currently many laws, regulations, & policies have the effect of “sluicing income upwards towards the top”. Quantitative easing has been shown to strongly advance the interests of the wealthy. These were only a few of the points covered. The slides will be on the Fabian society website soon.
    http://www.fabians.org.nz

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      I’m afraid capitalism is not fit for purpose going forwards, and it is interesting that despite making many good points, Wade continues to see it as the answer.

      Not only is capitalism an economic model unsuitable (actually, outright destructive) for an age of depleting resources, Hyman Minsky figured out half a century ago that it would never stay stable. A period of stability would always encourage capitalists to start demanding higher returns at ever increasing leverage and risk. Regulations and laws used to keep capitalism stable and relatively fair would be gradually undone as rent seeking from labour and financialisation increased.

      The following is also a good critique of some aspects of capitalism.

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-12/guest-post-what-marx-got-right

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