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The Future of Capitalism

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 28 April 2014

Anne McElvoy talks to the social theorist Jeremy Rifkin who foresees the gradual decline of capitalism and the rise of a collaborative economy. As new technology enables greater sharing of goods and services, Rifkin argues that it provides a challenge to the market economy. The sociologist Saskia Sassen warns that the majority of people may not enjoy the fruits of this new world as increasing inequality, land evictions and complex financial systems lead to their expulsion from the economy. The Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng looks back at the history of international finance and how gold and war have shaped the economic order of today.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

  • Jeremy Rifkin

    Jeremy Rifkin is an author, an adviser to the European Union and to heads of state around the world and President of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC.


    The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, The Collaborative Commons, and The Eclipse of Capitalism is published by Palgrave Macmillan.


    Jeremy Rifkin

  • Saskia Sassen

    Saskia Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.


    Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy is published by Harvard University Press.


    Saskia Sassen

  • Kwasi Kwarteng

    Kwasi Kwarteng is the MP for Spelthorne.


    War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures and Debt is published by Bloomsbury.


    Kwasi Kwarteng


Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest
Jeremy Rifkin
Interviewed Guest
Saskia Sassen
Interviewed Guest
Kwasi Kwarteng
Katy Hickman


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