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Session 1: Saturday, June 2nd: 10:00 - 11:50am
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This panel’s theme is on the linkages among economic and ecological crisis management, systemic resilience and points of vulnerability in advanced capitalist societies. Its point of departure is the capability of late capitalism to withstand the shock of economic upheavals, political scandals, environmental disasters, epidemics, and accelerating inequality -- crises arising largely or entirely from contradictions inherent in the system itself. It calls for theoretical inquiry into (1) the mechanisms (economic, political, cultural) used to contain or give the appearance of remediating disasters arising from contradictions in the capitalist system, and (2) how these mechanisms are featured as reforms or remediatioms in the short run but fail in the long run. Presentations at this panel will, hopefully, stimulate further research into the mechanisms leading to resilience and provide for organizers the grounds on which they can be demystified. Such theoretically attained knowledge opens the door for organizers seeking to illuminate these mechanisms at their most vulnerable points and thereby to strip away the props used by the capitalist system to maintains its legitimacy.


Scott Aquanno teaches international political economy at the University of Ontario. He holds a PhD from the Ross School of Politics at York University and has published broadly on the political economy of monetary policy and international finance. His work on financial risk draws attention to...

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Ryan Schoenau is a SUNY New Paltz graduate with a BA in Sociology; with a strong interest in structural functionalism and the influence of interdependent power in contemporary society. He plans to possibly continue his studies in Germany pending acceptance to a graduate program.

Pete Dolack is the author of It's Not Over: Learning From the Socialist Experiment, a study of the 20th century's attempts to transcend capitalism so that we might do it better in the 21st century. He is at work on his second book, about economic democracy; writes the Systemic Disorder...

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Irwin Sperber teaches in the Sociology Department at SUNY New Paltz, and is an associate editor at Capitalism Nature Socialism. In the mid-Hudson region, he is engaged in political and environmental activities to support social-democratic and socialist candidates running for local and national...

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