People today know “the price of everything, but the value of nothing,” according to Oscar Wilde. Raj Patel agrees in his new book called The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy. At the Council, Patel addressed the current debate over free market ideology. He believes “we see the world through the faulty prism of markets” and need to think about other ways of valuing the world. Patel noted The Commons and La Via Campesina as other models, but stressed that one of the best things that can be done to improve global society is to place a much higher value on women. Patel ended by encouraging the audience to become engaged in the fight against injustice and to organize based on justice and equality. When advocating for greater engagement he said, “It’s not just through consumption that I can change the world.”
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