The Twelfth Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Thursday, November 18th to Sunday, November 21st 2021

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The Unquiet American

  • Monday, 16th Nov
  • 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm IST

After the sun finally set on the British Empire, the United States emerged in the mid-20th century as the world’s most powerful imperial force. But while the US championed democracy at home, its interventions in the Third World toppled democratically elected regimes that wished to pursue independent policies and propped up regimes willing to align themselves with US business and military interests. After 9/11, the US became embroiled in a series of regime-change wars. It has funded its military expeditions by dominating the global financial system, ensuring the supremacy of the dollar and through debt. The session looks at the political and economic basis of US imperialism after World War II and its effects on the world.


Michael Hudson

Professor Hudson is the author of Killing the Host:How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy, and most recently, J is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception.

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Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is the Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Editor of LeftWord Books, and Chief Correspondent at Globetrotter.

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Suhasini Haidar

Suhasini Haidar is the Diplomatic Editor of The Hindu newspaper.

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Books In The Session

Washington Bullets

  • Vijay Prashad
  • LeftWord Books

Super Imperialism: The Origin and Fundamentals of U.S. World Dominance

  • Michael Hudson
  • Pluto Press


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  • Wednesday, 18th Nov
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  • Thursday, 19th Nov
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm IST

For The Motion : Mallika Sarabhai & Shashi Tharoor
Against The Motion : R. Jagannathan & Shazia Ilmi
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