Why Is Authoritarian State Capitalism on the Rise Today?

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Located in KAOS Network

Frieda Afary

Bio: Frieda Afary is producer of Iranian Progressives in Translation and a member of the Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists. She has published articles in English and Persian on Marx’s Capital, Piketty’s Capital, Marxist theories of state-capitalism in the USSR and Maoist China, the nature of the Iranian economy, Marxist Feminism, as well as political analyses of events in Iran and Syria. She holds a B.A. in history, M.A. in Philosophy, and M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Studies.

Description: In this presentation, I argue that the current global rise of authoritarianism is related both to capitalism’s crisis of profitability and the ways in which capitalism affects the way we think. I will draw on new and old works such as Michael Roberts’ The Long Depression (2016), Ryan Avent’s The Wealth of Humans (2016), Karl Marx’s Capital, and the Frankfurt School’s critique of “instrumental rationality.”