REWIND: Educational Series with Ernst Wolff – The History and Politics of the IMF

Ernst Wolff - IWF IMF

In this video series we interview journalist and author Ernst Wolff. Wolff’s latest book is called “Pillaging the World: The History and Politics of the IMF” which is also available in German and Arabic. This series aims to provide context behind the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the role it has played in world affairs since its formation up until the current period.


The following questions are addressed in the first part:

  • What motivated Ernst Wolff to write the book “Pillaging the World: The History and Politics of the IMF“?
  • Under what context was the International Monetary Fund (IMF) founded?
  • Why was the International Monetary Fund founded? What role has it played in the past?
  • What effects do the IMF’s policies have on the social and cultural fabric of a country?
  • What terminology does the IMF employ and is there Orwellianism at play which cloaks its actual practices?

PART 1: The History and Politics of the IMF


To read the transcript of the video, Click here.


These questions are addressed in the second part:

  • Did the IMF break from its traditional policies, given that it did not endorse the Troika’s policies in Greece and even advocated “debt-relief”?
  • Is there any precedence in history where grassroots movements were able to reverse the policies of the IMF?
  • What role does the media play in analysing and evaluating the policies of the IMF?

PART 2: IMF Policies in Greece, Activism and the Mainstream Media


To read the transcript of the video, Click here.


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