Helen Thompson and Ann Pettifor: Disorder

In her latest book Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century (Oxford) Helen Thompson argues that while the earthquake that was the Covid-19 pandemic profoundly shocked the world order, the fault lines along which it operated had been building for decades. Her story begins with the energy crises of the 1970s, takes in the financial crash of 2008 before leading us to our current state of unease, disorder and instability.

Thompson, Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge, is a regular panellist on the Talking Politics podcast and has written for the New York Times, the New Statesman, the Financial Times and the London Review of Books. She was in conversation with Ann Pettifor, economist and author of The Production of Money and The Case for the Green New Deal.