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Thursday January 01 1970
Ireland in Crisis: Challenging the Consensus
dublin | miscellaneous | event notice Tuesday November 16, 2010 17:09 by The Ireland Institute - Venue: 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 irelandinstitute at eircom dot net 01 - 670 4606
Meeting 2, of a 3-part Lecture Series
The Ireland Institute believes that the debate to date has been dominated by a narrow consensus that does not question the structures within which the crisis is being played out. This consensus regards capitalism as the right and natural way to organise the economy and society: no alternative is admitted. In this worldview, competition, individualism, small government, privatisation, free trade and free movement of capital are self-evidently good and the means to economic success.
The Ireland Institute argues that the way capitalism organises the economy and society is at the root of the crisis. If we want real change, it will not be found in the solutions that are currently being proposed: more regulation of business and finance; reduction in the number of TDs; abolition of the Seanad; and updating of the 1937 Constitution.