European Democracy Lab


Progress in Regressive Times #1

The series

The rule of law, sexual freedom, gender equality, free trade. Norms that seemed fundamental are being put into question. The backlash against a rule-based international system and free societies is not just occurring in the West but throughout the world. Has market centrism and increasing inequality left too many people behind?

Have we made any progress in fighting inequality, sexism, racism, and other exclusionary tendencies? When did we lose track of striving towards ever fairer societies and economies that value equality, freedom and the rule of law?

A series of talks between research and activism on the role of the economy, the state, and gender in times of resurgent nationalism.

#1: Justice is Global: Countering the Great Regression with a Global Minimum Wage

The first talk of the series proposes the introduction of a Global Minimum Wage to radically transform neoliberal globalization. Jake Werner argues that only if we build bottom-up power to affect global outcomes and unite workers across borders can we beat nationalism and create a global economy that works for all.

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