Daniel Coleman, University of Cambridge, and Emily Hull, University College London | Newberry

Daniel Coleman, University of Cambridge, and Emily Hull, University College London

Friday, March 18, 2022

3-5 pm CST

Virtual seminar, register for link

History of Capitalism Seminar

Winning Prosperity: Neoliberal Approaches to Poverty in War and Peace, 1939-47, Daniel Coleman, University of Cambridge

If poverty and inequality have formed the greatest arsenal of free market capitalism’s critics since its birth, what did this system’s most prominent intellectual advocates offer as the solution to these problems in the mid-Twentieth Century? My paper will explore how a selection of leading figures present at the first Mont Pelerin Society meeting in 1947 conceptualised poverty during the Second World War and in its aftermath. In particular, I will highlight the developing currents of thought within this network on the place of aid to Western Europe, the primacy of agriculture, and guaranteed income plans to be provided by the state. I am delighted to be presenting alongside Emily Hull, whose research I know well and respect very deeply.

Critiquing Capitalism: Irving Kristol’s Economic Thought, Emily Hull, University College London

In 1978, Irving Kristol, the ex-Trotskyist and “godfather of neoconservatism,” famously declined to give a “third cheer” for capitalism in his essay collection Two Cheers for Capitalism. During the 1970s and 1980s, Kristol was an instrumental figure in the promotion of neoconservative ideas, and played a key role in introducing the concept of “the market” to mainstream politics. This paper interrogates Kristol’s understanding of liberal market capitalism, and ultimately provides new perspectives not only on this important and understudied intellectual figure, but also on the overlapping historiographies of twentieth century conservatism and capitalism.

Cost and Registration Information 

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