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Weekly Roundup: April 1, 2022


At the Blog

On Monday, Amy Kapczynski and Jacob Hacker addressed an important puzzle about public sentiment: many indicators used to measure the strength of our economy are robust, yet Americans have less confidence in the economy than at any time since the great recession. What gives? Part of the answer, Kapczynski and Hacker argue, lies in the fact that Americans have become dramatically more exposed to risk in their work and family lives, health care, and retirement. At the same time, they have lost confidence that our political institutions are capable of handling these threats. To combat this loss of faith, Democrats “should continue to emphasize that our political system needs fundamental reforms to make it more responsive. At the same time, they should stress that there are steps that can be taken right now that would help many Americans—steps that would signal their continuing commitment to more transformative changes.”

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Rabia Belt, Doron Dorfman, Jasmine Harris, Jamelia Morgan, and Karen Tani discussed the connections between LPE and disability. In part one of their conversation, they considered why disability has not been a more prominent theme in the LPE movement. In part two, they explained what LPE could gain from paying greater attention to disability, and where scholars interested in the nexus of disability and LPE should turn for additional resources.

In LPE Land

On Friday, April 1 (today!), APPEAL’s What Is Capitalism Working Group presents Dr. Sebastian Berger, who will discuss his paper, “Alternative National Accounting: From an Account System of Money Costs to That of Social and Environmental Costs.”

On Tuesday, April 5, join us for the final event in our “Political Economy of Care” series: Healthcare as Freedom, Healthcare as Control. Nic John Ramos, Jasmine Harris, Jamelia Morgan, & Karen Tani will discuss how healthcare evolved as a vehicle to manage poverty and to produce more governable and “productive” subjects within poor communities of color; examine how social constructions of race, disability, and gender dictate how our medical and legal systems interact with those subjects; and finally, ask what these lessons mean for health justice mobilizing today.

On Friday, April 8, Northeastern University School of Law will hold a full day conference (in person and live streamed) celebrating the brilliant, passionate, and significant contributions of Professor Karl Klare.

Cool job alert for LPE-ers: Berkeley’s Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice is looking for a Network Director. Help build a network of consumer law and economic justice teachers and practitioners!