Martin Wolf is widely admired as one of the most influential economic commentators in the world. While he sees the flaws in the capitalist system he believes it is worth saving. Yanis Varoufakis is a globally renowned economist and a bestselling author. He rejects economic orthodoxies and advocates for a progressive post-capitalist new order. On February 9 Wolf and Varoufakis come to the Intelligence Squared stage at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill to discuss and debate their competing views for a better world.
As Wolf argues in his new book, The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, for all its recent failings – slowing growth, increasing inequality, widespread popular disillusion – democratic capitalism remains the best system we know for what Wolf calls human flourishing. And while progressives such as Varoufakis claim that democracy would function better without capitalism, Wolf believes that the two are complementary systems that need each other if either is to thrive.
Varoufakis by contrast believes that capitalism isn’t working for ordinary people. Political power is wielded by wealthy elites and tech overlords. As he sets out in his latest book Another Now, there could be a different way: one without banks, billionaires, tech giants or stock markets. In his alternative vision employees all have equal shares in companies, everyone is guaranteed a basic income and housing is socialised.
Should we admit that capitalism has had its day and strive for something new? Or can capitalism be made to work in a way that grants us all our fundamental freedoms? Join us, hear the arguments and decide for yourself.
‘Martin Wolf is one of the deepest thinkers of our times and his latest book is a must-read!’ – Nouriel Roubini
‘Martin Wolf has written the definitive account of what ails capitalism and democracy. This staggeringly erudite and beautifully written book is sure to become required reading for anybody who wants to understand how democratic capitalism slid into a deep crisis, why it is worth rescuing, and how to do so.’ – Yascha Mounk
‘I am enjoying Yanis Varoufakis’s Another Now. The way we live is not inevitable.’ – Jeanette Winterson
‘A landmark work … A vision of a new society with new ways of thinking is possibly the most important thing an artist can offer at the moment.’ – Brian Eno
Speakers are subject to change.