'Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.'

- Rosa Luxemburg

On 18 October 2016, Professor David F. Ruccio delivered the 9th Annual E.L. 'Ted' Wheelwright Memorial Lecture at the University of Sydney on the topic of 'Utopia and the Critique of Political Economy':

'It's the twofold critique of political economy - the critique of capitalism and of mainstream economic theory - that needs to be recaptured and rethought, since it is particularly relevant to the debate about the causes and consequences of the crash of 2007-08 and the ongoing crises of capitalism in the world today.'

To view a recording of the lecture, please click here.


To read a revised version of the lecture, please click here.


For more details of the lecture, please click here.

Latest News: Media from the Ninth Annual E.L. 'Ted' Wheelwright Lecture


Ted Wheelwright, who died of bronchial pneumonia in August 2007, was one of the great contributors to Australian political economy. He was a significant figure in Australian labour history too, working in tandem with Ken Buckley, who died in 2006.  Ken and he wrote two volumes of Australian history from a labour perspective and edited five volumes of Essays in the Political Economy of Australian Capitalism.


The annual E.L. 'Ted' Wheelwright Memorial Lecture is held to commemorate the pioneering role that Ted Wheelwright played in developing studies in Political Economy in Australia.


For further information about Ted Wheelwright, please see:


- Frank Stilwell's tribute to Ted's life and contribution to political economy; and


- Phil O'Hara's bibliographic essay on Ted's conceptual contributions