Thursday, April 2, 2009

David Harvey on Democracy Now

Geographer David Harvey appeared on Democracy Now today to discuss the current economic crisis. While I don't agree with a lot of Harvey's arguments regarding how society and markets should be structured, this is a very interesting interview. In particular, I found the following points interesting:
  1. Harvey discusses the effect of the crisis on inequality, particularly as it affected African American homeowners. In his view, the mortage crisis resulted in an increase in inequality by disproportionally affecting lower income homeowners. Many of these homeowners are African American.
  2. Harvey has some very interesting view on the effects of gentrification in the economic crisis as it has affected individuals living in cities. He has always called for the "democratization of the city". The central idea is that all individuals in the city (regardless of social position or income) should be included in the process of urban planning.

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