Naomi Klein, Hernando de Soto and Joseph Stiglitz on Economic Power

Naomi Klein, Hernando de Soto and Joseph Stiglitz speaking on economic power at the Graduate Centre, CUNY, moderated by David Harvey. See speaker biographies over the fold. From the fora.tv series ‘Is capitalism dead‘? Run time is 62 minutes, with a ten minute preview.

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Hernando de Soto – Hernando de Soto is President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, headquartered in Lima, Peru and considered by The Economist to be one of the two most important think tanks in the world. Time and Forbes have chosen him as one of the leading innovators in the world, and more than 20,000 readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy ranked him as one of the world’s top 13 public intellectuals. He has served as President of the Executive Committee of the Copper Exporting Countries Organization, as CEO of Universal Engineering Corporation (one of Europe’s largest consulting engineering firms), as a principal of the Swiss Bank Corporation Consultant Group, and as a governor of Peru’s Central Reserve Bank. He is the author of several books and papers on economic policy, including the seminal work The Mystery of Capital.

David Harvey is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). A leading social theorist of international standing, he received his PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge in 1961. Widely influential, he is among the top 20 most cited authors in the humanities.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Her first book, the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was translated into twenty-eight languages and called “a movement bible” by The New York Times. She writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian and reported from Iraq for Harper’s Magazine. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia.

Joseph Stiglitz was chief economist at the World Bank until January 2000. Before that, he was the chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001. He is currently a finance and economics professor at Columbia University. He is the author of Globalization and Its Discontents and The Roaring Nineties.

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4 thoughts on “Naomi Klein, Hernando de Soto and Joseph Stiglitz on Economic Power”

  1. I love title on the Fora.tv site. The two Jews are headliners at CUNY. The other two panelists do not reach the threshold of significance.

  2. I’m not going to take time to watch this. If there was a transcript I’d try to read it, or at least skim it. I’d probably check what Klein had to offer, and any comments from Harvey, who is undoubtedly a brilliant economist, if you like economiss. From the little of his work I’ve read he doesn’t seem to have a clue about the I/P–M/E issue, or that the CPMJO/Council of Presidents of Major Jewish Orgs has more power nowadays than the Rockefeller Family Office or any of the entities identified in Urban Myths popular among Libertarians & UFO enthusiasts such as the Illuminati, Bilderbergers, Skull & Bones, Trilateral Commish or CFR. Which last seems to be rapidly fading while its competitor mag Foreign Policy crowds into the spotlight.

  3. teafoe2 made the wise choice. I watch this dribble today. Klein stayed focus on “power” but the discussion was primarily about the “financial” crisis and naturally Zionism went unmentioned. Zionism and the financial crisis goes hand in hand. Klien’s focus was on neo-liberalism but being a Capitalist herself and seeing how she used here book “Shock Doctrine” as a way of deflecting Zionism as the basis of the Iraq War it’s hard to take her seriously. She is offering nothing in the way of forming movements.

    Stiglitz is well … a Liberal economist … enough said.

    Harvey is a terrible debater/moderator. No mention of Marxism from him.

    Last but not least, Hernando de Soto, dominated the discussion with is advocacy of “property rights”. He basically said that we need better documentation of why value is disconnected from the “real” economy.

    Yeah like isn’t an s-load of data about inequality.

    I give de Soto props for taking over the discussion. He demonstrated to these meek-assed Liberals how to use POWER!

  4. Liked the video. The both had great marks but i am on the side of de Soto. Property rights are the basis of wealth.

    Found a great docu made by de Soto: globalization at the crossroads, and an interview with him on the charlierose show.

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