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From the WINGS archives. In 1987, when she deliv­ered this talk in San Fran­cis­co, polit­i­cal sci­en­tist Susan George was a fel­low at the Insti­tute for Pol­i­cy Stud­ies in Wash­ing­ton DC and the Transna­tion­al Insti­tute in Ams­ter­dam. She is now Pres­i­dent of the Transna­tion­al Insti­tute. Her talk lays out the premis­es that would appear in her 1988 book A Fate Worse than Debt and her sub­se­quent schol­ar­ship. She out­lines how loans from the Inter­na­tion­al Mon­e­tary Fund and World Bank act as Tro­jan hors­es for eco­nom­ic col­o­niza­tion, and what pop­u­la­tions, espe­cial­ly women, chil­dren and the poor, suf­fer from such debt. This pat­tern has a long his­to­ry and con­tin­ues. Cred­its: Speech record­ed at the Uni­ver­si­ty of San Fran­cis­co; episode pro­duced and host­ed by Kather­ine Dav­en­port; WINGS series pro­duc­er, Frie­da Werden