David Harvey has long been considered one of the preeminent minds when it comes to leftist economics and Marxism. But, since folks like him don’t typically wind up on corporate platforms, chances are most progressives haven’t heard of the Professor.
Thus, this is is why it was awesome to see that Russell Brand had Doctor Harvey on his Under the Skin show. Sure, it’s not like Brand’s program is watched by millions and millions of people, but it does have 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube alone. So, ya, seeing Harvey on the show was pretty damn sweet, and here’s hoping it might lead to his inclusion on other, more mainstream programs.
Now, it was a bit unfortunate that the talk with Brand didn’t really dive deep into some of the fundamental concepts of Marx (baby steps right?) But, the two did cover some intriguing ground including the contradictions of capitalism, the differences between socialism and communism, and some of the commonly cited and tired critiques of leftist ideas.
If you’re not familiar with some of Harvey’s most respected and cited works, check out Social Justice and the City, The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change , A Brief History of Neoliberalism and A Companion to Marx’s Capital.
If doing a ton of reading isn’t really your bag, then Harvey’s video series on “Capital” might be more up your alley.