Occupy Rotterdam has asked four
Rotterdam-area economists to comment on their February 1997 letter to the
editor of De Volkskrant. In it, they
and more than 60 other economist subscribers to the newspaper expressed their
concerns about Europe’s then-forthcoming Economic and Monetary Union. Occupy Rotterdam
tracked those still living in the Netherlands’ 010 telephone exchange area to
invite them to talk about their prophetic vision. At the summit, we’ll also look
at how their concerns of 13 years ago have become reality today. The summit’s
overarching purpose is to determine how the economists’ concerns relate to the
grievances of the Occupy Wall Street movement, as published at http://www.nycga.net.
Do the same grievances apply to the Dutch and
European Occupy movements without adaptation? Or do the Netherlands and Europe
face specific monetary, ideological or political circumstances that require attention?
How do the economists view our chances of resolving the current crisis, and
what do they believe is needed to do so? Is there an alternative? Can we fix the
system, or should we replace it?
The economists’ letter can be viewed at http://www.volkskrant.nl.
The following economists participated
in the summit forum:
Fieke van der Lecq, a professor in pension markets at the Erasmus School of Economics;
Irene van Staveren, a professor of pluralist
development economics in the Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University
Rotterdam and chair of its PhD Research Degrees Committee;
Jack Vromen, a professor in theoretical
philosophy specializing in the philosophy of economics and a board member of the
Netherlands School for Research in Practical Philosophy specializing in ethics;
Frank Dietz, head of the sustainable
development section of the PBL
Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
Occupy Rotterdam (2011) from V2_ on Vimeo.