Anitra Nelson and Vincent Liegey: Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide

Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide

Vincent Liegey and Anitra Nelson

Spokesperson for the degrowth movement Vincent Liegey (Budapest, Hungary) and degrowth advocate Anitra Nelson (University of Melbourne, Australia) talk on the politics, challenges, strategies and visions of the burgeoning degrowth movement, starting in France to spread worldwide. Chaired by Pluto’s FireWorks Series editor, Gargi Bhattacharyya.

As a sense of urgency pervades global environmentalism and the Left, the degrowth movement burst into the mainstream. In short, as growth driven climate catastrophe looms, degrowth is a political response based on changing how we live. Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide counters obsessions with growth to demand a slowing of our economies, reorientation around provision of basic needs for all, supported by political autonomy and cultures of living within Earth’s limits.

As the authors discuss the practices and strategies of the movement, identifying its strengths and weaknesses, they examine ‘frugal abundance’, horizontal democracy, ‘open relocalisation’, conviviality and reduced paid work to argue why degrowth is a compelling and realistic project.

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The Pluto FireWorks Series

PLEASE NOTE: The first event is on a Saturday from 1 to 3 pm NYC time. Events 2, 3 and 4 are on Sundays, 2 to 4 pm NYC time, with Empire’s Endgame scheduled to be from 2 to 4:30 pm. The MEP and Pluto Books present a 4-part series not to miss from Pluto’s FireWorks Series. Pluto Press remains a radical political publishing house since it was founded in 1969, Pluto remains one of Britain’s oldest radical publishers, keeping alive a focus on making timely interventions in contemporary struggles. FireWorks are short, sharp guides to the contemporary challenges, crises and political movements for social justice. FireWorks books cover central debates in 21st century politics, economics and society, addressing particular issues while also developing our imaginations of a better future.

These four events are offered at a special discounted price for registering for all four events in the series.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 • 1:00 to 3:00 PM (6 to 8 PM GMT)
Pandemic Solidarity: Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 Crisis

Featuring MARINA SITRIN with ELEANOR FINLEY and LAIS GOMES DUARTE, contributors to the collection and members of COLECTIVA SEMBRAR.
Moderated by FireWorks Series editor ANITRA NELSON

Marina, Eleanor and Lais will speak on activist solidarity, horizontalism and autonomy expressed through the constitution of this riveting collection of real-life stories.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 • 2:00 to 4:00 PM (7 to 9 PM GMT)

Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide

Featuring noted degrowth movement spokesperson VINCENT LIEGEY (Budapest) and Australian degrowth advocate ANITRA NELSON (University of Melbourne).
Moderated by FireWorks Series editor GARGI BHATTACHARYYA

Vincent and Anitra will talk about the politics, challenges, strategies and visions of the burgeoning degrowth movement, which started in Europe(France) to spread worldwide..


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 • 2:00 to 4:00 PM (7 to 9 PM GMT)

Reinventing the Welfare State: Digital Platforms and Public Policies

Author URSULA HUWS (Professor of Labour and Globalisation at University of Hertfordshire, UK) with TODD WOLFSON (Department of Journalism and Media Studies Rutgers University, US).
Moderated by FireWorks Series editor, and Editorial Director at Pluto Press, DAVID CASTLE

Huws proposes a welfare state infused with social justice and equality, including a redistributive UBI (universal basic income), decommodification of platforms and universal workers’ rights.


SUNDAY, MARCH 7 • 2:00 to 4:30 PM (7 to 9:30 PM GMT)

Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State

Featuring author GARGI BHATTACHARYYA and co-authors
Moderated by FireWorks Series editor WILF SULLIVAN (Race Equality Officer, TUC London)

As movements against colonial legacies and state violence coincide with rising authoritarian regimes, the lens of racism and politics of race offers the sharpest focus.

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