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WHY IT’S KICKING OFF EVERYWHERE: THE NEW GLOBAL REVOLUTIONS (Paul Mason)

23 February 2012

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Business School Public Lecture Series –

Book Launch: WHY IT’S KICKING OFF EVERYWHERE: THE NEW GLOBAL REVOLUTIONS
Author/Speaker: Mr. Paul Mason, Economics Editor, Newsnight, BBC
Date: Monday, 5th March 2012
Time: 11.00am-12.30pm
Venue: W138, Williams Building, Hendon Campus

Brief event description:
The year 2011 has witnessed an unprecedented wave of protests and revolts, from the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, to the indignados in Spain, the urban protests in Israel and the youth riots in Britain. 2012 has already started with the ongoing breakdown of Greek society. In his new book Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere, Paul Mason analyses the reasons behind the current wave of struggles. The social roots of the upheaval lie in the massive disillusion of the ‘graduates with no future’ and the impoverished middle classes, the capacity of social networks to mobilize from below as opposed to top down hierarchical forms of mobilisation. Meanwhile the ongoing financial crisis has led to massive youth unemployment, a formidable squeeze on living standards, and the virtual disappearance of any hope of a better future for the next generation. Taken together, these social and economic factors have produced an explosive mix, as the collapse of the Greek society spectacularly illustrates, with children abandoned in orphanages by starving parents. Financial capitalism is now eating its own children. That people should revolt is not that all surprising – after all, there is surely a limit to what they can endure. The crucial puzzle is the incapacity of economic and political elites to understand, anticipate and respond to such revolts – or revolutions.

The economics editor of the BBC’s flagship program Newsnight, Paul Mason is also one of the most influential journalists on twitter. He first reported live for the BBC on 9-11, and covered the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 from outside its New York HQ.

This event is FREE to attend for both internal staff, students and general public, but bookings must be made in advance due to popular demand. To reserve a place, please email Yangna Li: Y.Li@mdx.ac.uk

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