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Mammon's Kingdom: Money, Greed and Selfishness

PANEL DISCUSSION
with David Marquand
former Labour MP and Chief Advisor to the President of the European Commission

Tuesday 17th June 2014
6.30pm-8.00pm
St Faith's Chapel, Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral

The follies and failures of bankers, regulators and governments have loomed large in public debate over the past five years. David Marquand, leading political philosopher and former Labour MP, sees a wider issue. The heart of the problem, he argues, is a profound crisis in our moral economy, public culture and democracy - the empire of money has remorselessly narrowed the space for common life and inequality has soared. A new public framework, based on the values of stewardship, democratic dialogue, civic engagement and freedom from humiliation is needed to steer our course away from the disastrous consequences of our present path.

Presenting the thesis of his latest book, Mammon's Kingdom, David Marquand will speak with a panel of business, political and theological experts on how to bring about a fundamental shift in our public discourse and approach to personal values in order to better serve the common good. Is our individualist approach to money and greed the root cause of our societal problems? What alternatives are there to current political and economic systems, and is there enough public will to see significant change?

With responses from:

Ryan Bourne, Head of Public Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs
Prof Tina Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies at Roehampton University
Will Hutton, Journalist and Principal of Hertford College, Oxford


Chaired by Bishop Peter Selby, Interim Co-Director of St Paul's Institute

This event is free and open to all. Questions from the audience will be taken and a book-signing will follow the event. Places are limited and registration is essential.

To register for tickets please visit: http://mammonskingdom.eventbrite.com