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The Future of Socialism

If we maintain our current capitalist system, we will ensure the collapse of our natural environment … and of human civilisation, argues Paul Adler. The only way to save ourselves, according to Adler, is by adopting democratic socialism. 

Adler is a business management professor at the University of Southern California, and the author of The 99 Percent Economy: How Democratic Socialism Can Overcome the Crises of Capitalism. As part of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival, he joins Sally Warhaft for an online conversation. They’ll discuss Adler’s ideas on how our economic system serves one per cent of us, while barely working for the rest of us. The pair will talk, too, about what we might do to change it, before it’s too late. 

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.


Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

Portrait of Paul Adler

Paul Adler

Paul S. Adler holds the Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy at the University of Southern California. He grew up in Australia, received his PhD in economics and management in France, and moved to the USA in 1981. His work focuses on the management of complex organisations and the interactions between business, government and society. He is the author of The 99 Percent Economy: How Democratic Socialism Can Overcome the Crises of Capitalism.

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