URPE/RRPE Reception and David Gordon Memorial Lecture
The 2018 URPE/RRPE reception at the Allied Social Science Association annual meeting in Philadelphia is
Friday, 5 January 2018, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Loews Philadelphia, Congress A.
The 2018 David Gordon Memorial Lecture at the Allied Social Science Association annual meeting in Philadelphia is
Friday, 5 January 2018, 12:30–2:15 p.m., Loews Philadelphia, Congress A.
John Weeks, “Free Markets and the Decline of Democracy” with Gary Mongiovi (St. John’s University) as discussant.
ABSTRACT: The ideology of market freedom achieves its fulfillment in an authoritarian state. The regulation of market processes in the United States and Western Europe after WWII suppressed the authoritarianism inherent in capitalism. The reduction of state controls over capital that began in the 1970s initiated the liberation of that authoritarianism. The emergence of finance capital, so-called financialization, brings to full expression the anti-democratic nature of market processes. In the first decades of the 21st century finance capital has asserted its dictatorship over a globalized economy. This lays the basis for the transition to overt authoritarianism thinly disguised by democratic trappings. Capitalist competition is the vehicle that transforms democracy into dictatorship. This lecture develops theoretically the inner nature of market competition and analyzes its anti-democratic unfolding in the United States over the last fifty years.