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It seems odd now to recall that up until a few years ago, the concept of capitalism largely had fallen out of favor as a subject of academic inquiry and critique. Most scholars in the humanities and social sciences regarded the term as too broad, too vague, too encumbered by associations with either Marxism or laissez-faire. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, capitalism could be taken for granted, it seemed. No person or nation could escape the discipline of efficient, spontaneous, self-regulating, globalizing markets.
This is a special event with faculty and students at a General Seminar. The General Seminar was created as part of the University in Exile in the 1930s. Today we are trying to expand it globally with the introduction of a “Public Seminar” online. I also want to welcome Paul Vidich, who is an active member of the NSSR Board of Governors.