Thurs 27 June 2019
JUBILEE! THE CASE FOR DEBT ABOLITION.
We’ve just blown up £1.2 million of local predatory debt. Why? This event explores the idea of a debt jubilee from old testament origins to the Jubilee 2000 campaign for the cancellation of the poorest country’s debts to Strike Debt and the solid case for a nationwide household debt write off now. It challenges mainstream moral narratives around debt, puts forward the idea of illegitimate debts and examines the hypocrisy of a failing system creating mass debt servitude by design. How are debt and democracy, debt and freedom inextricably intertwined.
Dr. Johnna Montgomerie is Reader in International Political Economy at King's College London and member of the Progressive Economy Forum (PEF) who has written extensively on the political economy of money, finance and debt. Her newest book 'Should We Abolish Household Debt?'is published with Polity, and the short answer is YES.
The book ‘Should we abolish Household debts?’ will be available to buy on the night.
Grace is a research Fellow on IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice. She specialises in macroeconomic policy, with a particular focus on finance. She is an economics commentator and author of 'Stolen: How to save the world from financialisation' out later this year with Repeater books.
Director of JUBILEE DEBT CAMPAIGN - part of a global movement demanding freedom from the slavery of unjust debts and a new financial system that puts people first.
Inspired by the ancient concept of ‘jubilee’, they campaign for a world where debt is no longer used as a form of power by which the rich exploit the poor. Freedom from debt slavery is a necessary step towards a world in which our common resources are used to realise equality, justice and human dignity.
Chaired by Dr CHRIS HARKER of UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity - coordinator of the Financing Prosperity Network developing alternative approaches to problems of debt.
£3 entry - book tickets here.