What Empire Did Next: Richard Drayton on the Offshore Regime

In February of this year a group of academics gathered at Cambridge University to discuss the impact the government’s policies would have on the arts and humanities. All the contributions can be viewed on Youtube here. Richard Drayton, the Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at Kings College London gave a remarkable short talk in which he situated the government’s education reforms, and the wider programme of austerity, in the context of a world run on imperial lines, in which a piratical elite contracts for services from favoured service providers – including intellectual lapdancers in the academy – while extracting maximum rents from the operations of the real economy.

It is a bit like a TED talk, only grounded in a recognisable reality.

You can view it here:



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