quinta-feira, 25 de março de 2010

Immanuel Wallerstein: The chaotic state of the world system

Immanuel Wallerstein talked to an audience of 500 people at the Old Student Union House in Helsinki on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. The presentation was part of an event Capitalism '08. The possibilities of a freer future.

The topic of Immanuel Wallerstein's lecture was The chaotic state of the world system. Wallerstein predicted that capitalism is drifiting toward its end - not through a revolution - but because the system is not profitable enough for the capitalists themselves. According to Wallerstein, the reason for this is that the price of labour has been increasing since the birth of capitalism around the 15th century.

The event took place at the old student house which was one of the main venues of the 1968 radical student movement in Finland. Other international speakers of the event were Rodrigo Nunes, Ruth Reitan and Peter Waterman.

The event was organized by Left Forum, Attac at the University of Helsinki, Political Science Department of the University of Helsinki, NIGD, KSL Civic Association for Adult Learning, Finnish Construction Trade Union, Le monde diplomatique (Finland) and Demokratiafoorumi VK.

There is now a 20 minute video available from the event.
Capitalism '08 video

Capitalism ´09 seeking alternatives to global capitalism
Watch the videos