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Climate Change and Capitalism

Climate Change and Capitalism -- Zoom talk for the Davis Friends Meeting and Cool Davis

Many of those who see the damage that climate change has brought down upon us, and the threat of even greater damage looming on the horizon, believe that is capitalism that has brought us to the brink of disaster. But I think this way of understanding the problem is a mistake. Capitalism is an economic system, and as an economic system, it is not designed to implement social policy, only economic policy. Implementing social policy is the job of our political system. Climate change is accordingly the result of the failure our political system to reign in the conduct of economic actors, not the system that defines who those actors are. In this talk, I will explain what the political failures that plague us are and why they have occurred, and show that rather than encouraging the mismanagement of our environment, capitalism actually explains where we have gone wrong. Indeed, if we simply take the principles of capitalism more seriously, we can find all the justification that we need for addressing our environmental problems rather than ignoring them.

On Unemployment

Mark Reiff speaks about his new books: On Unemployment Vols. 1 and 2 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Dr. Reiff's complete book talk on unemployment at University Press Books, Berkeley, California

Contempt for the Poor

An excerpt from Dr. Reiff's book talk on unemployment at University Press Books, Berkeley, California

Why Care About Unemployment (It’s Not Just the Money)

An excerpt from Dr. Reiff's book talk on unemployment at University Press Books, Berkeley, California

Unemployment and Socially Productive Labor

An excerpt from Dr. Reiff's book talk on unemployment at University Press Books, Berkeley, California

Exploitation and Unemployment

An excerpt from Dr. Reiff's book talk on unemployment at University Press Books, Berkeley, California

The Idea of Liberty

An excerpt from Dr. Reiff's book talk on unemployment at University Press Books, Berkeley, California

Exploitation and Economic Inequality

Mark Reiff speaks about his book: Exploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist State (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Dr. Reiff's complete book talk on exploitation and economic inequality at University Press Books, Berkeley, California

Real World Effects

An excerpt from Dr. Reiff's book talk on exploitation and economic inequality at University Press Books, Berkeley, California

A Theory for the Liberal Capitalist State

An excerpt from Dr. Reiff's book talk on exploitation and economic inequality at University Press Books, Berkeley, California 

Exploitation is …

An excerpt from Dr. Reiff's book talk on exploitation and economic inequality at University Press Books, Berkeley, California

Macro Principles v. Micro Principles

An excerpt from Dr. Reiff's book talk on exploitation and economic inequality at University Press Books, Berkeley, California

Lectures On Writing

Lecture on Writing Essays and Academic Papers

University of Manchester

Lectures on Methods of Moral Reasoning

Methods of Moral Reasoning, Part I

Dr Mark Reiff lectures on methods of moral reasoning, from Law and Ethics in War and Warfare, University of Manchester School of Law, January 31, 2014

Methods of Moral Reasoning, Part II

Dr Mark R Reiff lectures on methods of moral reasoning, from Law and Ethics in War and Warfare, University of Manchester School of Law, February 3, 2014

Methods of Moral Reasoning, Part III

Dr. Mark R Reiff lectures on methods of moral reasoning, from Law and Ethics in War and Warfare, University of Manchester School of Law, February 7, 2014