The usual way of looking at modern workers is through the narratives of Labor History. Through that lens, the dominant themes have been exploitation, resistance, solidarity, and emancipation. Hank Clark (PEP) discusses a revisionist history, which treats workers more as adaptive individuals.
The Oxford political philosopher David Miller explores a widely held view that liberal democracies have experienced an upsurge in nationalism in recent years, and that this is best explained as a form of backlash against social and cultural change. Is the best response to develop liberal forms of national identity that are both pluralist, recognizing different ways of belonging to the nation, and democratic, encouraging widespread debate over which cultural features to preserve from the past and which to change?
The event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Daniel Webster Project and the Political Economy Project.
Lindsay MacMillan is a bestselling author, speaker, and businesswoman. After graduating magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she studied economics and English, she worked at Goldman Sachs for six years in NYC and London, becoming a Vice President. While working on Wall Street, Lindsay carved out early mornings and weekends to pursue her dream of being an author. She will discuss her first book -- and the path that led her there. Rocky 3 at 4:30 on Oct. 13.
Why should we read Wealth of Nations today? Its examples are dated. Its policies are irrelevant. Its economic theories are full of mistakes. Even its political ideology is ambiguous. Our circumstances and institutions are different. So, why bother reading this old book? Co-Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith and President of the International Adam Smith Society, Maria Paganelli (Trinity University) tackles these questions in the PEP's first public event of the new year.