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Rentier capitalism - Protest camps

Laurie Taylor asks if the economic system is rigged in favour of the owners of property, be it financial, physical or intellectual. Also, protest camps.

The Corruption of Capitalism & the rise of the rentiers. Laurie Taylor talks to Guy Standing, Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, who claims we're living through a Second Gilded Age, one which mirrors the vast inequality and concentration of wealth in the hands of the few which characterised late 19th century America. The difference now is that it's global and its beneficiaries are mainly the owners of property. So is capitalism now rigged in favour of a rentier class? They're joined by David Smith, the Economics Editor of The Times.

Also, Protest camps: Anna Feigenbaum, Senior Lecturer in Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University, charts the transnational history of tents pitched for political change.

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Guy Standing at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 

David Smith - Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and at the University of Nottingham

Anna Feigenbaum at Bournemouth University

READING LIST 

Guy Standing, The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work does not Pay, (London: Biteback, 2016) 

Making Things International 2: Catalysts and Reactions’ (Ed. Mark B. Salter), (University of Minnesota Press, 2016)

Protest Camps, Anna Feigenbaum, Fabian Frenzel and Patrick McCurdy, (Zed Books, 2013)



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