Debt as Warfare

From the WINGS archives: In 1987, when she delivered this talk in San Francisco, political scientist Susan George was a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC and the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam.  Her talk lays out the premises that would appear in her 1988 book A Fate Worse than Debt and her subsequent scholarship. She outlines how loans from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank act as Trojan horses for economic colonization, and what populations, especially women, children and the poor, suffer from such debt.

Susan George is a French-educated philosopher and political scientist, now President of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute. The speech was recorded at the University of San Francisco and this episode was produced and hosted by Katherine Davenport. The series producer is Frieda Werden.

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