Discussion of “Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal” by author Andrew Ross


January 21, 2014 @ 2:30 am – 4:30 am
California College of the Arts, Oakland Campus, B1 in the B Building
5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618

Join NYU Professor and activist Andrew Ross for a discussion of his new book:
Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal
(He will also be speaking on the UC Campus on Tuesday.)

We are living in the cruel grip of a creditocracy—where the finance industry commandeers our elected governments and where the citizenry have to take out loans to meet their basic needs. The implications of mass indebtedness for any democracy are profound, and the historical record shows that whenever a creditor class becomes as powerful as Wall Street, the result has been debt bondage. Following in the ancient tradition of the jubilee, activists have had some success in repudiating the debts of developing countries. The time is ripe for a debtors movement to use the same kinds of moral and legal arguments to bring relief to household debtors in the North, and to create an alternative economy, independent of the debt-money system.

Andrew Ross is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, and an activist with Strike Debt, the Rolling Jubilee, and the Occupy Student Debt Campaign. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City, and Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times



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