The economy of today looks very different from the economy of 20, 200, or 500 years ago. But the methods of appropriation of other people’s resources and wealth, to become rich, are the same. The patterns are repeated. Today’s global economy is based on the reinvention of the project of colonisation. What are the similarities and differences between the old and new colonisation processes?
The scientist and environmental activist, Vandana Shiva, is one of the world's leading figures in the defence of sustainability and biodiversity. Over recent decades she has challenged multinational corporations, such as Monsanto, and their neoliberal policies on agriculture, which she considers to be the main agents in the ongoing recolonisation process. Identified by Time as an environmental "hero", Shiva analyses the global disruption of cultural, social, economic, and political processes, that began with the “discovery” of America, to discuss the parallels between past and present. What the Papal Bull was to colonisation in the 15th century, Free Trade agreements are to the 21st century; and what property rights to stolen land were in the first colonisation, IPRs to stolen knowledge and stolen seeds are to the current recolonisation. In this conversation, moderated by Shumon Basar, Vandana Shiva will also talk about what is “new” in this colonial project: the creation of a new religion, based on the rise of tools – technology and money – that aim to conquer our biodiversity, food, health, bodies and minds through new property rights, dependencies, empires and dictatorships.