I discuss the political implications of my analysis, with Vula Tsetsi, Secretary-General of the Greens in the European Parliament, and Diederik Samsom, Head of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Timmermans responsible for the European Green Deal.
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Associate Professor (Reader) in Political and Social Theory, University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies
Secretary General of The Greens/Efa Group in the European Parliament
Head of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Timmermans
The European Green Deal will remain a fantasy unless we replace the growth-and-redistribution formula of economic justice with one focused on fighting precarity; in this way environmental justice will become compatible with social justice.
I speak about my book Capitalism on Edge: the massive economic insecurity (precarity) is what ails the 99 per cent, not inequality and stagnant wages.
We do not need to endorse any grand utopia in order to mobilise the anti-capitalism wave that is growing now; we need to break away from the straightjacket of the choice capitalism or socialism.
We should drop the label 'populism'. The anti-establishment parties and movements express a new agenda of four concerns: physical insecurity, cultural estrangement, political disorder, economic instability.
I speak on the sources of precarity and what we can do against this.
We must drop the obsession with growth and focus instead on stability so that people can think big again.
Diederik Samsom, Vula Tsetsi and Albena Azmanova on the Green Revolution from book launch of Albena Azmanova's Capitalism on Edge, 5 Feb. 2020, BOZAR, Brussels
I present my book Capitalism on Edge (Columbia University Press, 2020) in Conversation with Vula Tsetsi and Diederik Samsom, 6 Feb. 2020, BOZAR, Brussels