[Marxism] Finance and imperialism today
philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 9 14:54:00 MDT 2018
Philip Ferguson: Could you tell us a little bit about your political
background and how you chose to do your PhD on British imperialism today?
Tony Norfield: The PhD that I completed in 2014 was titled ‘British
finance: a contribution to the theory of contemporary imperialism’. I
thought I had something new to The City, front cover of Verso booksay on
these questions, both because ‘British imperialism’ was a term that
nowadays seemed to be used only for the colonial period and because, as far
as I could see, nothing had been done on this topic relating to the UK
since the 1980s, ie before the recent decades in which the financial system
had become such a major issue. I have long had an interest in ‘finance’ and
capitalism, since well before I ended up, much to my surprise, in getting a
job in a bank dealing room.
I have always been interested in how things work economically/socially.
Initially, as a teenager, this led me to be a left-wing Keynesian, as I
thought the capitalist economy could be more progressively managed. Later,
at university, I was attracted by Marxist analysis as it made much more
sense! I have been a Marxist ever since. My jobs have also been in
economics and business, and these have provided so-called ‘real world’
experience with which to judge and develop Marxist theory. . .
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