David Harvey - Neoliberalism and the City

Dr. David Harvey, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, here gives a keynote lecture "Neoliberalism and the City" at the Middlebury College Symposium, "Urban Landscapes: The Politics of Expression" on Sep 29, 2006. Prof. Harvey opens with an analysis of then-President George W. Bush's notion of freedom and liberty compared to the American instutitional bureaucracy that engulfed Iraq, which constituted privatization throughout the military-occupied land. After retracing finance capital's steps to create New York City as the test case to construct a modern capitalist city over the last three decades ending with billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg current tenure, Prof. Harvey notes, 'To the degree that cities have been remain, we have been remade. We have been remade in their image... We actually have to think what kinds of cities we want, but as I say to connect that idea to what kinds of people we want to be." After the hour mark, he takes questions, the first of which he answers on the topic of private property and the classical liberal view held by Adam Smith in his book The Theory of Moral Sentiments, that private property must lauded but only within moral limits. Lots of good questions. Watch. Listen. Learn.