Jason Hickel received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Virginia in 2011. He specializes on globalization, finance, democracy, violence, and ritual, and has been engaged in ethnographic and archival research in Southern Africa since 2004. Jason’s present research focuses on finance in South Africa, looking at how the central bank manages market expectations and economic behavior in the post-crisis context through technologies of public communication. He has taught a number of courses on development, labor, globalization, economics, and Africa. In addition to his academic research, Jason writes regularly for the Guardian and Al Jazeera, and contributes to a number of other online outlets.
Reverse Robin Hood: The Historical Scam of Global Development
When a world system is based on the creation of scarcity, it is the meek that inherit that scarcity....