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Raj Patel:
Smashing capitalism, for beginners

The relentless pursuit of profit has had serious consequences for our world. Join Raj Patel for an exhilarating tour through the history of capitalism in a visionary effort to imagine an alternative future.

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“It's easier to imagine the end of the world than understand the end of capitalism.”

Raj Patel

What are the real alternatives to capitalism?

Capitalism values cheapness above all else. In this relentless pursuit of low prices, the system has controlled, transformed, and devastated the planet, and been responsible for the exploitation of millions of people.

But it can't last forever. We need to radically transform our socioeconomic system and reclaim the planet; this reform can't happen unless we understand capitalism’s history, and its appeal.

Enter food justice activist and economist Raj Patel, who follows a 700-year history of capitalism in order to better understand the powerful social, political and economic forces that have driven us to where we are now, and how we might use this knowledge to rise up against our capitalist overlords.

Join this enthusiastic disruptor as he explores the ways we can revolutionise the system, and learn about his plans for a new world order.

More about Raj Patel...

Raj Patel is British-born award-winning writer, activist and academic. He is a research professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and a Senior Research Associate at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa.

He is the author of Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World's Food System as well as The Value of Nothing, which was a New York Times and international best-seller. His latest book, The History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, co-authored with Jason Moore, explores capitalism's history and potentials for innovation.

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