Fri, Nov 30 at 7 p.m. | 90 minutes
Our lives are controlled by invisible hands from the grave. Trillions of dollars of the US economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who died long ago, rather than satisfying the needs, preferences, and values of those living now. In this Olio we are going to look at some of the legal mechanism surrounding property rights that allow people to hold onto wealth and power dozens or even hundreds of years after their death, and the role these practice play in perpetuating wealth and power inequalities in American life.
From there, we look into the complicated philosophical questions about why we give the dead so much power over our lives, and what this says about how we find meaning in our own lives given foreknowledge of our mortality.