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ourVoices podcast: Vijay Prashad on “is capitalism racist?”

In the latest episode of ourVoices, we ask historian Vijay Prashad if racial hierarchies are a necessary component of the capitalist system.

Laura Basu Freddie Stuart Vijay Prashad
14 July 2020

Vijay Prashad is a journalist, commentator, Executive-Director of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, and Chief Editor at LeftWord Books.

This conversation between Prashad and ourEconomy’s Europe Editor, Laura Basu, centres around the fundamental question “Is capitalism racist?”, the subject of an upcoming documentary podcast on ourVoices.

The full interview is available below, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Soundcloud.

Can there be a green populist project on the Left?

Many on the Left want to return to a politics of class, not populism. They point to Left populist parties not reaching their goals. But Chantal Mouffe argues that as the COVID-19 pandemic has put protection from harm at the top of the agenda, a Left populist strategy is now more relevant than ever.

Is this a chance to realign around a green democratic transformation?

Join us for a free live discussion on Thursday 22 October, 5pm UK time/12pm EDT.

Hear from:

Paolo Gerbaudo Sociologist and political theorist, director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King’s College London and author of ‘The Mask and the Flag: Populism and Global Protest’ and ‘The Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online Democracy’, and of the forthcoming ‘The Great Recoil: Politics After Populism and Pandemic’.

Chantal Mouffe Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster in London. Her most recent books are ‘Agonistics. Thinking the World Politically’, ‘Podemos. In the Name of the People’ and ‘For a Left Populism’.

Spyros A. Sofos Researcher and research coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University and author of ‘Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe’, ‘Tormented by History’ and ‘Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks'.

Chair: Walid el Houri Researcher, journalist and filmmaker based between Berlin and Beirut. He is partnerships editor at openDemocracy and lead editor of its North Africa, West Asia project.

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