Raj Patel, Author of The Value of Nothing, at The Commonwealth Club
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Raj Patel – Author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing – How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.
If economics is about choices, who gets to make them? Activist and academic, Patel describes how prices often mislead us and reveals the hidden costs of goods.
To show just how the free market and corporations distort price and value, Patel suggest that the true price of a hamburger is $200 if we factor the hidden environment and health costs.
He offers a timely critique of our present political system and argues that in order to understand our current economic crisis, we need to rethink our very meaning of democracy by rebalancing society and limiting markets.
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Founded in 1903, the Commonwealth Club has played host to a diverse and distinctive array of speakers, from Teddy Roosevelt in 1911 to Erin Brockovich in 2001. Along the way, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates have all given landmark speeches at the Club.