Paul Matticks most recent book, Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Future of Capitalism, was just published by Reaktion Books. In late April, he sat down with John Clegg and Aaron Benanav of the journal Endnotes.
Up until the crisis of 2008, racial inequality in the United States was showing signs of improvement. Poverty and unemployment among blacks had fallen sharply in the 1990s, and the wages of black and white workers had begun to converge.
In his new book, Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean, historian Peter James Hudson tells the story of how U.S. banks entered the Caribbean in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.