Lecture 1 Video: Realizing Democratic Solidarity
Stefan Sciaraffa (McMaster University, Philosophy)
Lecture Slides
Abstract: This lecture traces the idea of democratic solidarity and the project of designing institutions that are conducive to the realization of this value. A key thesis is that Rousseau originally developed this approach to political philosophy and then subsequent generations of theorists, including Hegel, Marx, Rawls, and contemporary political philosophers have continued on in this tradition. A key objective of the lecture is to describe and illustrate the cogency of this distinctive approach to political philosophy as well as the urgency of its application to the many contemporary political communities throughout the world whose capacity for solidarity has markedly diminished.

Lecture 2 Video: A Brief History of How We Got Here and Why
Mark Blyth (Brown University, Political Science)
This lecture sets out a brief history of two versions of capitalist software. The first drove the capitalist hardware during the period known as the Great Compression—1945 to 1980. The second did the same for the period many refer to as the era of neoliberalism—1980 to 2008. This lecture describes the bug in the system that crashed the first version of the capitalist software and the subsequent design of the neoliberal software. It also describes the bug that led to the 2008 Great Recession, landing us in the current transitional period that we might describe as the era of neonationalism or Global Trumpism. A key idea is that the emergence of contemporary populist politics, both left-wing and right-wing Trumpist variants, are attempts to rewrite the software of capitalism once again.

Lecture 3 Video: What Is the Argument for the Fair Value of Equal Liberty
Bill Edmundson (Georgia State University, School of Law)
Working Draft Paper

Lecture 4 Video: Property Owning Democracy and the Role of the State:
Big State, Small State, Smart State Or....?

Alan Thomas (University of York, Philosophy)
Working Draft Paper
This lecture addresses a fundamental problem for advocates of property-owning democracy. Namely, the apologists for this form of political economy have neither clearly demarcated it from alternative schemes (such as welfare-state capitalism), nor have they been sufficiently clear about the state’s role with respect to this economic system. Does property-owning democracy require the “big state” of traditional redistributive socialism with an extensive sector of public ownership? Is it the “small/smart” state of neo-liberalism, allied to a specific vision of globalization? By examining the role of the state in guaranteeing full employment, democratizing finance, directing public investment, underwriting key markets for essential goods, and the democratic co-opting of all major forms of capitalized institution (the open corporation, charitable trusts, pension funds), this lecture defends the distinctiveness of asset-based egalitarianism as a realistic utopia.

Lecture 5 Video: Why Fetishize the Means of Production?
Bill Edmundson (Georgia State University, School of Law)
Working Draft Paper

Lecture 6 Video: Experts in (Left) Party Politics:
The Problem of Representation

Stephanie Mudge (University of California-Davis, Sociology)

Lecture 7 Video: So Can We Have R For All?
Mark Blyth (Brown University, Political Science)

Video of
Public Talk: Global Trumpism and the Future
of the Global Political Economy

Stand-Up International Political Economy with
Mark Blyth (Brown University, Political Science)

Encore Lectures via Video Conference

Encore Lecture 1
Topic: Non-Domination and the Necessity of the State as Employer of Last Resort
Robert Hockett (Cornell University, School of Law)

Monday, July 29 at 2:00 to 3:30 PM (EST)
via videoconference

Contact solidaritydesign2019@gmail.com if interested in viewing the real-time presentation and Q&A session.