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According to a 2014 report issued by Oxfam, the richest 85 people in the world possess as much wealth as the combined wealth of the poorest half of the global population. Inequality has found its way into public discourse from the speeches of President Obama to a recent twitter post by Pope Francis stating “inequality is the root of social evil.”
In this context, it is no surprise that the French economist, Thomas Picketty’ s new book, Capital in the 21st Century has received numerous accolades. But does Picketty’ s analysis provide a clear explanation of the root cause of inequality and the fundamental contradictions of capitalism? And what is the way forward for poor and working people to improve their living conditions? What will it take to see real gains for the working class, like a $15 minimum wage?
Join us on June 14 for a forum to discuss these issues.
Richard Duffee, a writer and non-practicing lawyer certified in environmental and international law, created courses in “Law and Poverty” and “The Philosophy of Law” and taught them in two Indian law schools in 1998-2001. Since he returned to the US in 2004, he has made and taught courses in “Processes of Impoverishment” ; and “Injuries of Inequality.” Osman Khan, a Marxist economist pursuing a PhD in economics at UMASS.
A supporter of the May 15 Fast Food Workers Strike to be announced.
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