Marxism, Keynesianism, and Modern Monetary Theory

Date: Saturday 26th October
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Student Central, Room 3E
Speaker: Adam Booth

The crash of 2008 brought all the established neoliberal economic ideas into question. As Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman told an audience at the London School of Economics in the wake of the financial crisis: “Most work in macroeconomics in the past 30 years has been useless at best and harmful at worst.”

Over a decade on, and mainstream capitalist economists still have no answers or solutions. Some on the left have attempted to fill the vacuum with alternative economic theories. These include old ideas, such as those of John Maynard Keynes; and new concepts, such as 'Modern Monetary Theory'. Neither of these tendencies, however, provide a genuine, scientific analysis of capitalism. Instead, both seek to patch up and reform the broken capitalist system.

In this session, Adam Booth looks at these economic ideas - old and new - and explains why only a Marxist perspective can offer a way out of capitalism's crisis for the left and the labour movement.

Recommended reading: Marxism vs Modern Monetary Theory

Recommended listening: Marxism, Keynesianism, and the post-war boom