Join Grace Blakeley, discussing her new book, Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation with New Statesman assistant editor George Eaton.
Copies of the book will be available at a discount to all ticket-holders
Tickets £7 for New Statesman subscribers – £10 for non-subscribers
In the decade leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, booming banks, rising house prices and cheap consumer goods propped up living standards in the rich world. We were told that history was over, that there was no alternative and that things could only get better. In fact, a new and uniquely unstable phase of economic history had just begun: the era of finance-led growth.
Thirty years of rocketing debt and financial wizardry had masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, and in 2008 we were forced to pay up. The decade since the financial crisis has witnessed all kinds of morbid symptoms, as all around the rich world, wages and productivity are stagnant, inequality is rising, and ecological systems are collapsing.
Stolen is a history of finance-led growth and a guide as to how we might escape it. We’ve sat back as financial capitalism has stolen our economies, our environment and even the future itself. Now, we have an opportunity to change course.
The event will be followed by a book-signing