The following is a transcript of a talk given by Prof. Dick Bryan at the launch of Risking Together: How Finance Is Dominating Everyday Life in Australia by Dick Bryan and Mike Rafferty on 29 June 2018. The cartoons by Amelyn Ng were inspired by Dick and Mike’s paper titled ‘Political Economy and Housing in the Twenty-first Century – from Mobile Homes to Liquid Housing?’ published in Housing, Theory and Society (2014).
This is the third book Mike and I have written together. The previous one, Capitalism with Derivatives: A Political Economy of Financial Derivatives, Capital and Class, was a significant turning point for us. It pointed to a politics around finance but we really couldn’t frame how that politics might develop. It was too hard to see. Since then, developing that politics has been our focus.
That earlier book got an interesting response. People in the crypto-token world, I’ve now found out, seem to love it. Our classical Marxist comrades are indifferent to hostile.