Neoliberalism and the City

David Harvey

From the excellent Against the Grain. Here is a talk by acclaimed Marxist geographer David Harvey, author of the indispensable A Brief History of Neoliberalism. While I generally agree with Harvey on most things, like most leftists, he got Iraq wrong. Although his analysis is more sophisticated — he, for example, understands the symbiotic relationship between neoliberalism and neoconservatism and separates the logic of territory from the logic of capital — it nevertheless remains reductive in its materialism. (This perhaps has to do with his over-reliance on Michael Klare for his geopolitical analysis).

What role does urbanization play within the surplus-generating dynamics of capitalism? And what part do cities play in fueling or abating economic crises? Pioneering Marxist geographer David Harvey talks about 19th century Paris and New York City in the 1970s and how neoliberalism has shaped the city.

Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

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