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With the structures of global capitalism looking about as stable as Jell-O, Michael Kinsley’s Creative Capitalism might seem like a prescient look at market economics’ newfound conscience. But Kinsley’s latest project is not about repackaged securities or a Keynesian revolution. Instead, the book is a collection of conversations about the role of philanthropy in big-money capitalism. What started as an e-mail discussion among a handful of economists about Bill Gates’ 2008 talk in Davos, Switzerland (where the Microsoft founder exclaimed capitalists not only do well but also do good), grew into a comprehensive forum with 40 economic heavyweights, including Lawrence Summers, George Soros, and Warren Buffett. Kinsley, founding editor of Slate and now a columnist at Time, throws contentious topics in front of his panel (introducing, for example, Milton Friedman’s disapproval of altruistic investing), and spirited discussions ensue.
KINSLEY SPEAKS AT 7 P.M. AT POLITICS AND PROSE, 5015 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919.