In conjunction with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research will be presenting a 7 week workshop, “The Accumulation of Capital: Rosa Luxemburg, Political Economy, and Imperialism.” This intensive workshop will begin on November 5, 2013, run for seven weeks, and be led by Raphaele Chappe. Participation will be by invitation and application only. All students receive full scholarships for the course. To apply, please send a letter describing your interest in the workshop to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further questions and information, please use the form below.
We have entered an age where the “world is flat,” to quote an international best seller. A world of global competition, markets and consumers, and the ever-growing integrations of world economies through the free movement of goods, capital, technology, and labor. Foreign policy in the U.S. (and in OECD-member countries, more generally) has favored political regimes and leaders that have implemented a complete privatization and deregulation of their economies, allowing American corporate multinationals to be present in those foreign markets. Financial markets have also become fully globalized. Textbooks of International Business tell us that this is good for economic growth and productivity, helping to create better and cheaper products. But is the expansion of capital and the conquest of foreign markets driven by growth or growth difficulties? Is the process indispensable to the very survival of our capitalistic economies? What is the link between capitalism, economic growth and the modern face of imperialism? What is the role played by the process of capital accumulation in the recent global financial crisis?