Bleakonomics : A Heartwarming Introduction to Financial Catastrophe, the Jobs Crisis and Environmental Destruction

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This is a darkly humorous guide to the three great crises plaguing today's world: environmental degradation, social conflict in the age of austerity and financial instability.Rob Larson holds mainstream economic theory up against the grim reality of a planet in meltdown. He looks at scientists' conclusions about climate change, the business world's opinions about its own power, and reveals the fingerprints of finance on American elections.Through ascerbic analysis, Bleakonomics unveils a world of extreme inequality, confusion and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745332676
  • 9780745332673
  • 1,149,960

About Rob Larson

Rob Larson teaches Economics at Tacoma Community College in Washington State, USA. He is active with Occupy Tacoma and Jobs with Justice, and writes regularly for Dollars & Sense and Z more

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'Fact-driven, concise, interesting, and even funny -- that's unusual for a book about economics, policies, and working people' -- Tom Szymanski, Organizer of IBEW Local 275 'Robert Larson's range of topics and accessible writing make this book an invaluable contribution to the critical task of connecting environmental degradation and overwhelming corporate power' -- Mary Zepernick, co-founder of Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy (POCLAD) 'Whether illuminating the rapacious class war being waged by America's CEOs, the remarkably mindless degradation of the world's oceans, or the wishful thinking about the increasingly evident consequences of global warming, Rob Larson consistently brings powerful insights and a biting wit. Larson has a unique skill for translating complex economic and scientific analysis with both clarity and force' -- Roger Bybee, labour journalist 'Larson adds a critical component to the policy debate about financial reform by explaining why the systemically dangerous institutions (SDIs) -- the 'too big to fail' banks -- imperil our democracy as well as our economy' -- William K. Black, Associate Professor of Economics and Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One. 'A most valuable contribution to public understanding and vitally needed action' -- Noam Chomskyshow more

Table of contents

Preface The Plutonomy Papers Part 1: External Damnation The market's unintended impact on the environment Introduction 'Externalities' in theory 1. Come Hell and High Water 2. Hug Them While They Last 3. Hot Water Capitalism's "best economic case" 4. The Brown Peril Atmospheric 5. Cause and Side-Effect 6. As Not Seen On TV Part 2: Will Work For Peanuts The job market and war on labor Introduction The labor market in theory 7. Classroots 8. Hitting the Class Ceiling 9. Fight and Flight 10. MidEast Meets MidWest 11. Ebony & Irony 12. The Subprime Court 13. Keeping Down With the Joneses Part 3: The Invisible Hand Gives the Finger The crisis-prone finance market Introduction Credit markets in theory 14. Pop Goes the Economy 15. Not Too Big Enough 16. Bonanzas As Usual 17. Fed Up 18. Starved For Attention Conclusion: Invisible Sleight-of-Hand Economics as a failed science Notes Indexshow more

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