2/1/19 Jason Hickel on the Crimes of British Colonialism

Jason Hickel discusses the history of British colonial rule in India and his new piece, “How Britain stole $45 trillion from India.” He explains the British government’s clever scheme: forcibly extract tax revenue from the people, use the money to buy goods from other parts of India, then export the goods back to England where they can be sold for a British profit. Thanks to English economic policy, about 60 million Indians died from famine—a tragedy to rival the Holocaust or Mao’s cultural revolution.

Jason Hickel is an academic at the University of London and a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts. He is the author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its SolutionsFollow him on Twitter @jasonhickel.

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Scott Horton is Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio for Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and KUCR 88.3 in Riverside, podcasts the Scott Horton Show from scotthorton.org, and is the Opinion Editor of Antiwar.com. He’s conducted more than 4,500 interviews since 2003. He is also the author of Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan (2017). He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.