Tony Norfield

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Gender Male
Location London, United Kingdom
Introduction I use the term ‘imperialism’ in the classical sense to describe the system of domination in the capitalist world economy. Liberal commentary is more open these days to some notion of imperialism. But usually it is another country that is being imperialist, especially the US, and not the home country. The focus on the US is understandable, but ignores the role that a number of other countries play in the system, not least the UK. If we uncover this too, we will get a better analysis of what is really going on in the world. I am based in London and my academic training is in economics and mathematics. I worked for 8 years as an economic consultant, and for close to 20 years in bank dealing rooms in the City, latterly as Executive Director in charge of analysing global FX markets for a major European bank. I have travelled to some 40 countries on business. At present I am researching imperialism and the world economy. I want this blog to generate informed debate & discussion. Comments are welcome. Nobody has all the answers; anyone can make mistakes. But that is no excuse for being an idiot and not seeking the truth.
Interests History, politics, economics, philosophy, music, mathematics
Favorite Movies Battle of Algiers, The Big Lebowski, Blade Runner, Brazil, Fargo, Fight Club, Heat, High Plains Drifter, No Country for Old Men, Pulp Fiction, There Will Be Blood, Unforgiven, Usual Suspects, Withnail and I
Favorite Music Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Gilad Atzmon & the Orient Express, Sarah Gillespie, Ian Shaw, John McLaughlin, John Coltrane, Mose Allison, Paco de Lucia, Van Morrison, Salif Keita, Bob Marley, Toots & the Maytals, Rokia Traore, Bill Withers, Vaughan Williams - Lark Ascending
Favorite Books Capital volume 1 (Marx), Wages price & profit (Marx), The Law of Accumulation and Breakdown (Grossmann), The Challenge & Burden of Historical Time (Meszaros), Why Doesn't Microfinance Work? (Bateman), The Scramble for Africa (Pakenham), Imperialism - Highest Stage of Capitalism (Lenin), Web of Deceit (Curtis), The Blood Never Dried (Newsinger), Capitalism & Slavery (Williams), The Doctrine of DNA (Lewontin), Intellectual Impostures (Sokal & Bricmont), Your Inner Fish (Shubin), No Enchanted Palace - on the UN (Mazower), Bad Science (Goldacre), 1940 (Ponting), Euler: Master of Us All (Dunham), The Black Man's Burden: Africa and the Curse of the Nation-State (Davidson), Karl Marx and World Literature (SS Prawer), From the Ruins of Empire (Pankaj Mishra), A Line in the Sand: Britain, France, Middle East (James Barr), A Peace to End All Peace - Fall of Ottoman Empire (David Fromkin), Traces of History - Elementary Structures of Race (Patrick Wolfe)