Is capitalism built for today’s challenges, or is it due for sweeping changes?
Lesson 1: Doha Debates Asks
Doha Debates Asks: Are People Better Off With UBI?
- What’s the first word you think of when you hear “capitalism”?
- What are some negative effects of capitalism? How worried are you about money?
- What would you do with your life if money didn’t matter?
- How should we deal with rising income inequality? What should companies value more than profit?
- Would we be better off if we had universal basic income?
- Do you think we can live in a world without money?
Lesson 2: The Future of Capitalism
The Future of Capitalism
Doha Debates Correspondent Nelufar Hedayat breaks down the current state of globalization.
- What do you think when you hear capitalism?
- What determines what gets made?
- What are the accomplishments of capitalism?
- What atrocities has capitalism facilitated?
- What are criticism of capitalism?
- Can there be continued growth with limited resources?
- What would a kinder capitalism look like?
- Is a universal basic income viable?
Lesson 3: The Forgotten History of Monopoly And Other Short Videos
Capitalism: The Surprising History Behind Monopoly
- What was the original reason for the creation of the Monopoly board game?
- How did the Gilded Age influence the board game Monopoly?
- Who created Monopoly?
- What are the main reasons to create a Universal Basic Income (UBI)?
- Would a UBI create a more equal starting point for people?
- How would people spend the money if they receive a UBI?
- How would a UBI affect a person’s well-being?
- What are examples of a UBI?
Lesson 4a: Speaker Jason Hickel
Jason Hickel: Economic Growth Is Killing Us
Jason Hickel sees continued economic growth as a path to our downfall, pointing to ecological degradation and climate breakdown. The solution, he argues, lies in a post-capitalist economic system that focuses on scaling back industrial production and energy use instead of mindless, exponential growth. Jason is an anthropologist and author focusing on global inequality.
- Is economic growth killing people and the planet?
- What might a post growth/post production system look like?
- Is it only rich countries that drive growth?
- How might it be possible to stop growth?
- Would there be any benefits to getting rid of public advertising?
- Is it possible to have social growth without economic growth?
- Is justice the antidote to growth?
- Would people be willing to give up products such as beef or large homes?
Lesson 4b: Speaker Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Africa Will Be the Source of A Global Labor Force
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the former president of Mauritius and a biodiversity scientist, argues that economic growth is crucial to increasing a nation’s prosperity. She believes that by investing in the social welfare of a country, shared prosperity protects against some of the negative side effects of capitalism.
- Is capitalism the premier economic system?
- Is sustainable development possible without economic growth?
- How does economic growth improve livelihoods?
- How do we confront issues such as chronic poverty, diseases, and climate change?
- Why does Africa have 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world?
- What does inclusive economic growth look like?
- How might economic growth ensure government reforms?
Lesson 4c: Speaker Anand Giridharadas
Anand Giridharadas: We Do Not Have Free Market Capitalism
Anand Giridharadas believes that symptoms of capitalism, like vast wealth inequality, chronic poverty, and climate degradation, are not merely a result of capitalism but a result of the choices we've made that have come to define our current capitalist system - one that's been built by and for the wealthy. Growth is desirable, he says, just not under the current economic system we live under. Anand is a political analyst, bestselling author, and editor-at-large at Time magazine.
- Do capitalists fear a truly free market?
- Does banking have undue advantages and immunities?
- Does the oil industry rig policy, use bribery, and spread pseudo-science?
- Does Silicon Valley donate to politics out of fear of a true free market?
- Is capitalism actually just a form of capture for only the few?
- Is “woke” capitalism just a smoke screen?
- What type of capitalism will keep business honest?
Lesson 5: Connector
How to Get Along With Other People
- What is a majlis?
- How might governments redistribute wealth?
- Should only wealthy countries cut back on growth?
- Is capitalism a winner take all system?
- Which would be better – poverty reduction or carbon reduction?
- Is all growth equal?
- What way might capitalism change to make it fairer for all people?
- Do young people accept the current capitalist system?
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