A roundtable discussion co-sponsored by Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) and Internationalist Perspective (IP) was held at Bluestockings Bookstore in N.Y.C. on Dec. 2, 2013. The speakers critically examined proposals to redistribute income and wealth that are currently popular in “Marxist,” social democratic, and left-Keynesian circles. They addressed such questions as: Can redistribution make capitalism “fair”? Can it prevent repeated economic crises? Does inequality cause crises and poverty? If not, what are the causes? Can capitalism be reformed to make it serve human needs? If not, what is the alternative?
The roundtable was chaired by Brendan Cooney. The participants spoke in this order: Anne Jaclard for MHI, Sander for IP, Andrew Kliman for MHI, and Mac Intosh for IP.
Each spoke initially for 10 minutes and in a second round for 5 minutes. This was followed by audience questions and comments.