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The Case for Debt Refusal - NYU's Andrew Ross on Debt Resistance

Date:
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time:
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Event Type:
Speaker
Organizer/Author:
Hannah Appel
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Location Details:
UC Berkeley Campus
Wheeler Hall, Room 300

Andrew Ross comes to UC Berkeley to discuss his new book Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal. Andrew is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, and an activist with Strike Debt, the Rolling Jubilee, and the Occupy Student Debt Campaign. He is the author of many books, including Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City, and Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times. His new book explores contemporary life in the cruel grip of a creditocracy—where the finance industry commandeers our elected governments and where the citizenry have to take out loans to meet their basic needs. The implications of mass indebtedness for any democracy are profound, and the historical record shows that whenever a creditor class becomes as powerful as Wall Street, the result has been debt bondage. Following in the ancient tradition of the jubilee, activists have had some success in repudiating the debts of developing countries. The time is ripe for a debtors movement to use the same kinds of moral and legal arguments to bring relief to household debtors in the North, and to create an alternative economy, independent of the debt-money system,
Added to the calendar on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 8:40AM
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