Tell Me How It Ends Book Club: "The Old is Dying and the New Cannot be Born" by Nancy Fraser

Tell Me How It Ends is our reading group for nonfiction titles focusing on current events and social justice. 

This month the club will be discussing The Old is Dying and the New Cannot be Born: From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump and Beyond by Nancy Fraser.

Neoliberalism is fracturing, but what will emerge in its wake?

Across the globe politics as usual are being rejected and faith in neoliberalism is fracturing beyond repair. Leading political theorist Nancy Fraser, in conversation with Jacobin publisher Bhaskar Sunkara, dissects neoliberalism's current crisis and argues that we might wrest new futures from its ruins.

The global political, ecological, economic, and social breakdown--symbolized, but not caused, by Trump's election--has destroyed faith that neoliberal capitalism is beneficial to the majority. Fraser explores how this faith was built through the late twentieth century by balancing two central tenets: recognition (who deserves rights) and distribution (who deserves income). When these began to fray, new forms of outsider populist politics emerged on the left and the right. These, Fraser argues, are symptoms of the larger crisis of hegemony for neoliberalism, a moment when, as Gramsci had it, "the old is dying and the new cannot be born."

Nancy Fraser is Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research, Einstein Fellow of the city of Berlin, and holder of the "Global Justice" Chair at the Collège d'études mondiales in Paris. Her books include Redistribution or Recognition; Adding Insult to Injury; Scales of Justice; Justice Interruptus; and Unruly Practices.

Event date: 
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
The Old is Dying and the New Cannot Be Born: From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump and Beyond Cover Image
ISBN: 9781788732727
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Published: Verso - April 30th, 2019