Video: MHI Panels at Left Forum 2012 on Harvey’s and Kliman’s Books

MHI sponsored two panels at the Left Forum, held in New York City at Pace University on March 16-18, 2012: “David Harvey and Capitalist Accumulation” and a “Roundtable on Andrew Kliman’s The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession.” Videos of the two panels appear below.
The Left Forum is the largest annual gathering of U.S. left scholars and activists, and our panels were well attended.


[Added Jan. 19, 2014: Blip has deleted the first two, and countless other, videos. We are trying to recover them.]

For written versions of 3 papers given in the first panel, CLICK HERE.

David Harvey and Capitalist Accumulation

Speakers and titles of talks (in the order in which they spoke):
  • Aaron Jaffe: “Some Limits of Harvey’s ‘Accumulation by Dispossession’”
  • Greg Gabrellas: “Morbid Symptoms: Marxist Politics and the Organic Decomposition of Capital”
  • Brendan Cooney: “The Enigma of The Enigma”
  • Andrew Kliman: “David Harvey and the 1970s Milieu”

Click HERE for the papers in written form.


Roundtable on Andrew Kliman’s “The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession”

Kliman’s is the first book to conclude, on the basis of in-depth analyses of official U.S. data, that Marx’s crisis theory can explain the on-going Great Recession. The panel investigated his discussions of the long-term fall in profitability, the relation of the rate of profit to growth, the underconsumptionist alternative, state control and nationalization, and a non-capitalist alternative.
Speakers (in the order in which they spoke):
  • Alan Freeman
  • Barry Finger
  • Mike West
  • Brendan Cooney
  • Anne Jaclard
Andrew Kliman spoke in the discussion following the talks.


Finance Capital and Occupy: Marxist Perspectives

In addition to the MHI panels, we recommend watching a panel entitled “Finance Capital and Occupy: Marxist Perspectives,” sponsored by Platypus Affiliated Society. Speakers, in the order in which they spoke, were Andrew Kliman, Alan Freeman, Costas Panayotakis, and Radhika Desai. Watson Ladd chaired the panel.


Kliman’s PowerPoint presentation includes graphs, which we reproduce here with greater clarity than does the video.


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