Debate: Who should have more power, corporations or governments?

Monday, September 6 | 6:00 pm | Elektronik

Debate: Who should have more power, corporations or governments?

Following the screening of THE NEW CORPORATION: THE UNFORTUNATELY NECESSARY SEQUEL, dir. Jennifer Abott, Joel Bakan

In Polish

Partner: Political Critique magazine

The government apparatus is the problem, the private sector is the solution—this is the approach that has been prevalent since the 1970s. Since then, corporate profits have been growing. Corporations are making the rules of the world we live in, successively taking over the tasks of the public sector. Choosing the social goals worth investing in, they turn them into lucrative businesses. Only one crack mars this lovely picture: the fact that the innovations making money for the corporations are financed from taxes, which corporations do not want to pay. After the screening we’re going to discuss the government’s role in the modern economy and the risks inherent in a world ruled by international corporations.


Piotr Wójcik — economic journalist, essayist and collaborator of Krytyka Polityczna magazine as well as Nowy Obywatel, Przewodnik Katolicki, and His articles appear or used to appear in Tygodnik Powszechny, the supplement to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, the opinions section of, and Gazeta Polska Codziennie.

Maria Thun-Janowska — sociologist and social psychologist, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Leader at IBM.

Prof. Katarzyna Śledziewska, PhD — managing director of DELab UW (Digital Economy Lab at the University of Warsaw). Her academic interests include the digital aspects of the economy and the Digital Single Market. Co-author of Digital Industry. How New Technologies Change the World (WUW 2020).


Prof. Karolina Safarzyńska, PhD — lecturer at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warsaw. Researcher of sustainability transitions. Earned her PhD at the Free University in Amsterdam.