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Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. Award-winning writer and activist Raj Patel makes the case that in making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated the earth. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman once said, “I believe in capitalism. But capitalism only works if you have safety nets to deal with people who are naturally left behind and brutalized by it.”
In A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet, Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore present a new approach to analyzing today’s planetary emergencies, bringing the latest ecological research together with histories of colonialism, indigenous struggles, slave revolts, and other rebellions and uprisings. In the grips of another upheaval, Patel and Moore suggest innovative thinking to understand and reclaim the planet.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.