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Inequality, IR Theory, and the Imperial Blind Spot

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Inequality, IR Theory, and the Imperial Blind Spot


This is a special drop for patrons of the newsletter only. I don’t plan on releasing it through the public podcast.

Basically, I was asked to give a talk recently on inequality, development, and IR theory for an audience that skews quite young. I’ve chopped it up to just bring out the highlights, but we hit many topics that might be of interest:

—Why IR paradigms are not especially useful for making sense of inequality.

—Why it sucks to be poor, no matter what flag you live under.

—Capitalism v. Marxism, and by proxy, modernization theory v. dependency theory.

—Why the East Asian development model is at its end.

—Why it can be useful to think of political economy as a capitalist world system.

—Why redistribution is the only alternative to revolution if you want to reduce inequality.

Hope you enjoy!


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