Colonialism, Slavery and the Origins of Capitalism

Pranav Jani
Age of Awareness
Published in
6 min readFeb 20, 2020

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Notes on my lecture at the Socialism 2019 Conference, Chicago

August 2022: New audio link added, correcting an earlier problem.

In July 2019 I had the opportunity to deliver a lecture on a topic that’s long been on my mind, to an audience of activists and socialists interested in history and politics — as well as building movements today.

When I said to a friend I was nervous about the talk, they said: “Haven’t you given this a million times before?” The question shocked me because to my mind…

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Pranav Jani
Age of Awareness

Assoc Prof, English, Ohio St (postcolonial/ethnic studies). Social justice organizer. Writer, speaker. Desi. Family guy. Singer. Wannabe cook. He/him. @redguju.