Lectures/Courses

LECTURES & COURSES FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRINCIPLES & AIMS OF SOCIAL CAPITALISM

Lectures and Seminars may be arranged by the SCN for universities, political groups, trades unions, business associations, and other bodies anywhere in the UK, or Europe, or further afield. Expenses and fees would be open to negotiation or according to the existing arrangements of the bodies concerned.

The following course of lectures have been prepared by the founder of Social Capitalism and author of the 4 source books of the movement, Robert Corfe. Each lecture is of 50 minutes duration followed by a break and then 50 minutes for questions and discussion. The lectures are designed to be given over a 3-day period, i.e. morning and afternoon sessions; or alternatively, once-weekly (usually evening sessions) when this may be arranged.

Lecture 1
Prioritising The Approach To Politics

Why Social Capitalism? – The worldwide crisis post-1989 – The 8 domains of political life – Resolving conflict between the short and the longer term – Representative democracy and positive voting – How political theory connects people and government.

Lecture 2
The Consequences of Social Transformation

How ideas have not kept abreast with the reality of change – Negative voting and the dis-connection of politics – Success of one-issue causes – Emergence of the middle-middle majority – Transformation of the industrial workplace – Why socialism failed society.

Lecture 3
A fresh View of Contemporary Capitalism

The new 90%+ “proletariat” – The structure and outcome of global capitalism – Internal conflict in the business world – Dispossession of the old middle classes – Vulnerability of the financial sector – Productivity through labour is the road to stability.

Lecture 4
Politicising The True Divide

The end of class-based politics – An impersonal war against economic systems – Identifying Rentier capitalism – The Social Capitalist takeover of Productive capitalism – Creative Intervention and industrial efficiency – Pursuit of business for its own sake.

Lecture 5
The Missing “Gene” of Socialism

Classlessness and foundations of disinterested politics – Social versus Unsocial Wealth Creation – Empowering the individual – The role of property in fulfilling personal need – Defining egalitarianism – Ethical foundations of Social Capitalism.

Lecture 6
Securing Democracy For The Future

The undemocratic nature of disinterested politics – The criterion of Productive versus Rentier capitalism – As a dialectic for energizing functional groups – New Idealism as the methodology of Social Capitalism – Failure of Postmodernism’s war against Reason – The Responsible society.