The Annual Stone Lecture: Slouching Towards Utopia

November 7, 2022

Around 1870 came a great shift: invention sprinted forward, doubling our technological capabilities each generation, utterly transforming the economy again and again. The possibility of being able in the not-too-distant future of baking a sufficiently large economic pie for everyone to someday have enough came into view. Surely then we would be able to shift governance and politics so that we could collectively build a utopia? Surely it was the baking of the sufficiently large economic pie that was the large problem. Surely the slicing and tasting the pie—equitably distributing humanity’s immense technology-enabled wealth, and utilizing it so that people felt safe and secure and were healthy and happy—were second-order, more-easily-solved problems?

Join us for a talk by Berkeley Economics Professor Brad DeLong, followed by an audience Q&A on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 5:10 PM to 6:30 PM PST. The event will be followed by a reception. Live-streaming available as well. 

This event is sponsored by The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Wealth and Income Inequality at UC Berkeley.