I’m taking part in an Intelligence Squared debate on Tuesday next week–August 10 2010–on the topic:
“That only capitalism can save the planet”
I’m on the Opposition side, along with the poet and novelist Kate Jennings, and former Executive Director of Greenpeace International Paul Gilding. The Government side is Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald Ross Gittins, businesswoman and company director Lucy Turnbull, and businessman, activist and writer Geoffrey Cousins.
We’ll be ranging across quite a few topics within that “That only capitalism can save the planet” rubric. To quote the IQ Squared header:
Critics of capitalism have been crowing ever since the onset of the global financial crisis.
Capitalism has been blamed for nearly every one of the earth’s ills – poverty, pestilence, exploitation, environmental degradation, the lot!
Capitalism has been celebrated as the only cure for the earth’s ills – poverty, pestilence, exploitation, environmental degradation, the lot!
So, who is right?
If you’d like to be part of the audience for this debate, which is held in the City Recital Hall Angel Place (2 Angel Place, Sydney), click on this link, or call 02 8256 2222 to reserve a seat. Tickets are A$32.
If you can’t be there in person, you can watch excerpts from the debate on the ABC’s Big Ideas on Tuesday August 17 (on ABC1 at 11am)– and it may also be played in full at 11am on Wednesday August 11. You should also be able to listen to it on ABC Radio National just after the 6pm news on Thursday August 12. Check the IQ2 website for full details–and please note that it warns that “broadcast times are subject to change and that debates are no longer broadcast live”.