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  What is Capitalism? Reading & Discussion Group

Two June Events!

Before taking a summer break we will meet twice this month:

June 23, 2023¸ 3:00pm EDT  (UTC-4):

Sanjay Reddy, Beyond Property or Beyond Piketty?

June 30, 2023, 10:00am EDT (UTC-4)

Andrea Leiter, Making the World Safe for Investment:  The Protection of Foreign Property 1922-1959

All are welcome to join us for these informal online discussions!



Zoom link and readings will be emailed.

Friday June 23, 3pm EDT (1500 EDT/1900UTC/2000 UK )

In Capital and Ideology, Thomas Piketty expands the scope of his widely discussed book Capital in the Twenty-First Century with an ambitious discussion of evidence from history and social sciences. With this sweeping view, Piketty proposes “proprietarianism” – the ideology of private property – rather than “capitalism” as the focus for analyzing inequality in contemporary world economic systems.

What does this theoretical shift miss? How does the ideology of private property connect to the dynamics of power, the role of the state, and the politics of race, culture and identity?  How does Piketty’s theory of private property narrow his view of the policy solutions to inequality and injustice?

Friday June 30
, 10:00am EDT (1000/1400 UTC/1500 UK/1600 CET)
Making the World Safe for Investment: The Protection of Foreign Property 1922-1959

Dr. A.B. (Andrea) Leiter, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam will present her new book examining the development of international investment law as a response to socialist and anti-imperialist claims to foreign private property during the mid twentieth century. The book analyzes the practices of rule-making that removed authority over redistribution of wealth from the domestic level to an emerging international framework.  It traces three elements of the contemporary legal framework that emerged in early arbitration cases and attempted treaty codification:  corporate international legal personality; an international dispute resolution forum; and development of international substantive law.

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