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Economic analysis & imperialism today

Originally published: Economics of Imperialism on April 1, 2019 (more by Economics of Imperialism)  |

Last Saturday, 30 March, I gave a presentation at a Rethinking Economics conference, Greenwich University, London, on the topic of ‘Economic Analysis & Imperialism Today‘. The slides for this are reproduced here. Note that it was only a brief 20 minute introduction, so a number of issues could not be dealt with in any detail.

Interesting questions were raised in the Q&A and later discussion. One misunderstood what I meant when I said ‘The state is your enemy’, and took it to imply I was against any welfare spending by the state. The context of my comment was instead to oppose the usual stance of radical economists who argue for alternative policies that the capitalist state should implement. I will write more on this topic another time.

For further elaboration of some other economics-related points in the presentation, I will of course promote my book, The City: London and the Global Power of Finance. However, I have written blog articles that explain more fully my views on financialisation and on neoliberalism. My coverage of other topics can be found using the search option on the right-hand side of this blog page.

The presentation slides follow….

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