Casino Crash: the end of neo-liberalism?

Barry Gills, Myriam Vander Stichele, Howard Wachtel, Susan George

The debate was held at Transnational Institute (TNI), Amsterdam, 7 November 2008.

The complete seminar is available in mp3 audio format. The recording was made by Maria (Indymedia) and originally posted on

Does the greatest financial crisis since the Wall Street crash of 1929 mean that the ‘capitalism as we know it’ has reached its end? TNI panelists analyse the causes and consequences of the on-going global financial crisis and discuss its profound implications for a changed world order.

The greatest financial crisis since the Wall Street crash of 1929 has been met by an unprecedented set of government actions to stem the tide of destruction. But is there also a coming sea change in economic theory and practice, as well as in politics, in the shift from a free market to intervention in the market? Is this the end of ‘capitalism as we know it? What are the power politics and prospects to achieve change? What are the alternatives to these catastrophically failed ideas behind the ‘neoliberal globalization’ and ‘corporate globalisation?


Susan George, Board Chair of TNI and Honorary President of Attac France.

Howard Wachtel, TNI Fellow and Professor of Economics at American University, Washington.

Barry Gills, Professor of Global Politics, editor Globalizations journal and ‘Rethinking Globalizations’ book series.

Myriam vander Stichele, Senior Researcher, Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and TNI fellow.

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