Video: Madrid Debate on Economic Crisis — Steve Keen vs. Steve Keen (and Andrew Kliman)

On March 10, a lively debate took place between Andrew Kliman and Steve Keen, following their presentations on the causes of the recent economic crisis, during the opening plenary of the Jornadas Economía Crítica 2016 conference at Complutense University of Madrid. Kliman is a Marxist-Humanist; Keen is a self-proclaimed follower of the late Hyman Minsky.

The debate included the following noteworthy exchange: Read More

Discussion June 23: The Politics of Inequality Discourse

June 6, 2014 by  


MHI will sponsor a public discussion on

The Politics of Inequality Discourse

Monday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.

at Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave (btwn 35th & 36th Sts.), Manhattan, Rm 403
Outside NYC: we will livestream this meeting—email us by June 22, at, for the necessary information

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Underestimating Evidence, Capitalists, and Workers: A rejoinder to Sam Gindin

[MHI Note: This article originally appeared in New Left Project on May 19, 2014. Republished with permission.]

by Andrew Kliman

In my initial response to Sam Gindin, I noted that “his broad-brush, holistic account of the ‘neoliberal’ period is not sensitive enough to the details of the data.” Unfortunately his reply suffers from the same problem. It has a strong narrative line and it marshals evidence, but it lacks sufficient concern for the need to analyse the evidence and understand its implications. Using evidence to give one’s story verisimilitude is not enough. I shall focus on this issue in my rejoinder; foregoing the opportunity to comment on other questionable aspects of Gindin’s reply, in the hope that the discussion can then proceed on the basis of a shared understanding that theory needs to be grounded in careful consideration of evidence. Read More

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