MDM 2018 Panel: Money, Democracy, and Morality

The way we approach money shapes the moral implications that attach to its design and use. If money is a commodity or private trade credit that emanates from decentralized exchange, it might claim democratic legitimacy from its very genealogy. But if money is a matter engineered out of public debt and issued into circulation selectively, it has a very different relationship to democracy, one that raises the moral stakes for its creation and deployment within a community.

Presentations and Discussion

Peter Dietsch – Université de Montréal
“Money Creation, Debt, and Justice“
Ann Davis – Marist College
“Money as a Social Institution: Its Historical Emergence and Implications for Politics”
Jonathan Crock – College of William and Mary
“The Human Right to Democratic Control of Money”
Maxximilian Seijo – University of South Florida
“The Unnatural State: Money & Propaganda after New Deal Liberalism”

Commentator: Scott Ferguson – University of South Florida

MDM 2018: History and Theory

If money is a complex collective enterprise, protean in design possibilities both in practice and conception, then it has a history of change, carries profound moral significance, and lays a rightful claim to the concern of citizens and political theorists, lawyers and economists alike. How should an approach to money as a public medium re-orient fields that have ignored it? And how might the ideal of democracy matter in revised approaches?
Jeffrey Sklansky
– University of Illinois at Chicago
Stefan Eich
– Princeton, Society of Fellows
Stephen Marglin – Harvard University
Scott Ferguson – University of South Florida
Christine Desan – Harvard Law School
Moderator: Roy Kreitner, Tel Aviv University School of Law