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Miren Etxezarreta – The Dispossession of Everyday Life

27/05/2017
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Other / Lectures and debates

The problems of growth
Petroleum (Second Session)

With the globalisation unleashed in the 1990s and the economic crisis that began in 2007, there have been profound changes throughout the world affecting the economy, society and the lives of citizens. The restoration of capitalism to overcome a crisis requires facing the multiple consequences of its internal contradictions. The restorative mechanisms of the rate of profit are recurrent throughout history: an increase in exploitation and new ways to exploit the workers and dispossess them of properties or rights. In each historical moment the forms of dispossession have varied. At present, capitalism needs to deepen its absorption of wealth in all spheres and in all possible forms. This leads to a new stage in which the absorption of the income and wealth of the population is intensified by other means than exploitation at work, forms that D. Harvey, following Marx’s ideas on primitive accumulation, has called dispossession. This presentation will try to expand a little on the concept of dispossession, illustrated by some concrete examples of how it is occurring in Spain in the twenty-first century.

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