Alan Freeman: Investing in Civilization


This is a lecture that Marxist economist Alana Freeman gave in China in 2012 on the topic of the Creative Industries. (It’s a practice talk Alan gave in his hotel the day before his actual presentation.) While the talk begins on a more narrow discussion of the creative industries it becomes a wide-ranging discussion of the role of creative labor in the changing nature of the modern capitalism, to crisis, to the role of the state in crisis, to a critique of stage-ist theories of history and mechanical marxism, and more. It’s a fascinating talk.

Alan Freeman now has his own Youtube channel where you can see more of his lectures. His papers can be read at:


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