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The Fall and Rise of American Finance

Saturday, April 27 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

The Leo Panitch School for Socialist Education is proud to present the Toronto launch of the new book from Scott Aquanno and Steve Maher: The Fall and Rise of American Finance: From J.P. Morgan to Blackrock (Verso. 2024).

Today, it is all but taken for granted that finance is parasitic on industry. Financialization, in this view, amounts to financial institutions capturing the state, hollowing out the “real” economy, and hastening the decline of capitalism. Stephen Maher and Scott Aquanno challenge these arguments in their new book. They insist that, despite the costs to workers and the middle class over the last decades, financialization has boosted competitiveness and strengthened capital – all with the support of an ever stronger and more authoritarian state.

All are warmly invited to join us for the Toronto launch of this insightful and timely book. As global left and progressive forces search for ways to meaningfully confront the ever-evolving capitalism of today, works such as The Fall and Rise of American Finance are a vital tool in understanding the shifting economic landscape we face.

All are welcome to stay following the end of the evening’s program for light refreshments. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase.


Saturday, April 27
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


CSI Annex
720 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R4 Canada