Past Event

The Spirit of Philadelphia: Social Justice vs. the Total Market

April 17, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Buell Hall, 515 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 East Gallery
Alain Supiot In 1944, the International Labour Organization laid out its Declaration of Philadelphia, a full fledged social bill of rights in the same spirit as FDR's State of the Union address that same year. The welfarist spirit was then at its apex, but French legal scholar Alain Supiot argues that with neoliberalism still rampant today, even following the 2008 economic crash, the concept of social justice laid out in the Declaration remains an important baseline. Then, as now, social ties had been compromised in favor of market values. Now, as then, the law must be reorganized to uphold social values and the spirit of solidarity.