The Capitalism Delusion : How Global Economics Wrecked Everything and What to Do About it
With our economy based upon money as illusory as God's love, Bob Ellis calls time on free market fundamentalism. We put our faith in a system that awards do-nothing CEOs with millions as their companies collapse and provoke a global crisis. We judge corporate success on the number of sackings, fund the privatisation of essential services with public money and favour cheap goods discounted by the loss of our jobs. We sign up for wars in which capitalism makes a killing. Continuing from his classic dissection of economic rationalism, First Abolish the Customer, Ellis presents 345 arguments challenging the free market orthodoxy with ferocious intelligence and wit. His free-flowing meditation on the gross inequalities in our society contends that we are irresponsibly fixated on the sale of goods, instead of on delivering jobs that put money into people's hands. Skewering the legacies of Thatcherism, he proposes some radically simple remedies, including restoring tariffs, investing in country towns and restricting corporate salaries. The Capitalism Delusion is vintage Ellis: exasperated, impolite and inspiring.
- Paperback | 312 pages
- 129 x 196mm
- 01 Sep 2009
- Penguin Books Australia
- Hawthorn, Australia
About Bob Ellis
Bob Ellis is the author of more than eighteen books. His most recent work is And So it Went: Night Thoughts in a Year of Change, and other recent titles include the bestselling Goodbye Jerusalem, Goodbye Babylon and First Abolish the Customer. He wrote and directed the feature films Unfinished Business and The Nostradamus Kid, and co-wrote the classic films Newsfront, Fatty Finn and Goodbye Paradise.