Crack-Up Capitalism: Market Radicals and the Dream of a World Without Democracy

The Asian Dynamics Initiative is pleased to invite you to a public talk with historian Quinn Slobodian, bestselling author of Crack-Up Capitalism. Market Radicals and the Dream of a World Without Democracy.

During this public talk, Historian Quinn Slobodian will discuss his “revelatory” bestseller with journalist Rune Lykkeberg from Dagbladet Information. His previous work on The Globalists and Market Civilizations, are all landmark studies of the histories of capitalism.

Crack-Up Capitalism follows the most notorious radical libertarians from Milton Friedman to Peter Thiel-around the globe as they search for the perfect space for capitalism. Historian Quinn Slobodian leads us from Hong Kong in the 1970s to South Africa in the late days of apartheid, from the neo-Confederate South to the former frontier of the American West, from the medieval City of London to the gold vaults of right-wing billionaires, and finally into the world's oceans and war zones, charting the relentless quest for a blank slate where market competition is unfettered by democracy.

A masterful work of economic and intellectual history, Crack-Up Capitalism offers both a new way of looking at the world and a new vision of coming threats. Full of rich details and provocative analysis, Crack-Up Capitalism offers an alarming view of a possible future. Crack-Up Capitalism by Quinn Slobodian (

We look forward to welcoming you to this stimulating talk.

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Time Activity
14:00 Introduction by Ravinder Kaur
14:15 Talk with author Quinn Slobodian
15:15 Discussion with Rune Lykkeberg
15:40 Audience Q&A
16:00 Farewell