ECONned How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism

Author: Yves Smith
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780230105737
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Why are we in such a financial mess today? There are lots of proximate causes: over-leverage, global imbalances, bad financial technology that lead to widespread underestimation of risk. But these are all symptoms. Until we isolate and tackle fundamental causes, we will fail to extirpate the disease. ECONned is the first book to examine the unquestioned role of economists as policy-makers, and how they helped create an unmitigated economic disaster. Here, Yves Smith looks at how economists in key policy positions put doctrine before hard evidence, ignoring the deteriorating conditions and rising dangers that eventually led them, and us, off the cliff and into financial meltdown. Intelligently written for the layman, Smith takes us on a terrifying investigation of the financial realm over the last twenty-five years of misrepresentations, naive interpretations of economic conditions, rationalizations of bad outcomes, and rejection of clear signs of growing instability. In eConned, author Yves Smith reveals: --why the measures taken by the Obama Administration are mere palliatives and are unlikely to pave the way for a solid recovery --how economists have come to play a profoundly anti-democratic role in policy --how financial models and concepts that were discredited more than thirty years ago are still widely used by banks, regulators, and investors --how management and employees of major financial firms looted them, enriching themselves and leaving the mess to taxpayers --how financial regulation enabled predatory behavior by Wall Street towards investors --how economics has no theory of financial systems, yet economists fearlessly prescribe how to manage them

Disordered Minds

Author: Ian Hughes
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1785358812
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Disordered Minds offers a compelling and timely account of the dangers posed by narcissistic leaders, and provides a stark warning that the conditions in which this psychopathy flourishes - extremes of social inequality and a culture of hyper-individualism - are the hallmarks of our present age. 'An excellent account of how malignant narcissism is evident in the lives of the great dictators, and how the conditions in which this psychopathy flourishes have returned to haunt us.' Dr Kieran Keohane, editor of The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization

Die Produktion des Geldes

Author: Ann Pettifor
Publisher: Hamburger Edition HIS
ISBN: 3868549323
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Die Macht über die Produktion des Geldes liegt in der Hand von Geschäfts- oder Privatbanken. Ann Pettifor, eine der führenden Ökonom_innen, erklärt, wie Geld und Kredit in modernen Gesellschaften geschaffen werden und welche politischen und sozialen Konsequenzen der Finanzmarkt-Kapitalismus für Mensch und Ökosystem hat. Der Finanzsektor verzerrt und dominiert die Realwirtschaft. Bezahlbare Finanzierungen werden vorenthalten, das Geld stattdessen für Spekulationen und Risikogeschäfte verwendet. Investitionen, die nachhaltig Arbeitsplätze, Löhne und Gewinne schaffen, werden nur noch marginal getätigt, denn: Geld wird mit Geld verdient. Der Finanzsektor ist außer Kontrolle, es ist dringend geboten, dass Demokratien die Kontrolle über die Geldproduktion zurückgewinnen und den Finanzsektor einhegen. Nur dann wird die Finanzbranche wieder im Sinne der Gesellschaft und des Ökosystems agieren.

The Watchdog That Didn t Bark

Author: Dean Starkman
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231536283
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In this sweeping, incisive post mortem, Dean Starkman exposes the critical shortcomings that softened coverage in the business press during the mortgage era and the years leading up to the financial collapse of 2008. He locates the roots of the problem in the origin of business news as a market messaging service for investors in the early twentieth century. This access-dependent strain of journalism was soon opposed by the grand, sweeping work of the muckrakers. Propelled by the innovations of Bernard Kilgore, the great postwar editor of the Wall Street Journal, these two genres merged when mainstream American news organizations institutionalized muckraking in the 1960s, creating a powerful guardian of the public interest. Yet as the mortgage era dawned, deep cultural and structural shifts—some unavoidable, some self-inflicted—eroded journalism's appetite for its role as watchdog. The result was a deafening silence about systemic corruption in the financial industry. Tragically, this silence grew only more profound as the mortgage madness reached its terrible apogee from 2004 through 2006. Starkman frames his analysis in a broad argument about journalism itself, dividing the profession into two competing approaches—access reporting and accountability reporting—which rely on entirely different sources and produce radically different representations of reality. As Starkman explains, access journalism came to dominate business reporting in the 1990s, a process he calls "CNBCization," and rather than examining risky, even corrupt, corporate behavior, mainstream reporters focused on profiling executives and informing investors. Starkman concludes with a critique of the digital-news ideology and corporate influence, which threaten to further undermine investigative reporting, and he shows how financial coverage, and journalism as a whole, can reclaim its bite.

Too Many People

Author: Ian Angus
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 160846167X
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Too Many People? provides a clear, well-documented, and popularly written refutation of the idea that "overpopulation" is a major cause of environmental destruction, arguing that a focus on human numbers not only misunderstands the causes of the crisis, it dangerously weakens the movement for real solutions. No other book challenges modern overpopulation theory so clearly and comprehensively, providing invaluable insights for the layperson and environmental scholars alike. Ian Angus is editor of the ecosocialist journal Climate and Capitalism, and Simon Butler is co-editor of Green Left Weekly.

Extreme Money

Author: Satyajit Das
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118153723
Format: PDF
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A definitive cultural history of high finance from one of theindustry's most astute analysts Written by internationally respected financial expert SatyajitDas, Extreme Money shows how real engineering was replacedby financial engineering in the twentieth century, enabling vastfortunes to be made not from goods produced or services performed,but from supplying and trading money. Extreme Money focuses on this evisceratedreality—the monetary shadow of real things—and what itmeans today. The high levels of economic growth and the wealth thatinevitably follows, driven by cheap debt, financial engineering,and speculation, were never sustainable, and the last few yearshave borne this out. The book shows how policy makers andregulators unknowingly underwrote the risks, substantially reducingtheir ability to control economic outcomes. Extreme moneyconcentrated economic power, wealth, and risk in the hands of asmall community of gifted, dynamic financiers largely outside theregulatory purview and the democratic process, and there's no goingback. Explains the extreme money games (via private equity,securitization, derivatives, hedge funds, and other means) inventedby the elite financiers of last century Raises deeper questions about the nature of the economicstructure and assumptions about ongoing financially engineeredprosperity that readers, politicians, and financial figures need tobe asking The book is timed to coincide with the next phase of thefinancial crisis, as prospects of recovery diminish and the globaleconomy becomes mired in a Western version of Japan's "LostDecade" Ambitious in scope and coverage, the book is the indispensible,in-depth guide to the age of modern money. An age defined byextremes of financial behavior.

Cityboy

Author: Geraint Anderson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783492258449
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Das Euro Paradox

Author: Yanis Varoufakis
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 3956141601
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Im Herzen der Krise, die Europa derzeit zu zerreißen droht, steht ein Paradox. Nicht die Kluft zwischen den wirtschaftlich starken Ländern des Nordens und den laxen Ökonomien des Südens oder die Einwanderung treiben die Spaltung voran, sondern – absurd genug – die gemeinsame Währung, der Euro. Warum? Analytisch brillant und fesselnd lenkt Yanis Varoufakis den Blick zurück auf die hochdramatischen wirtschaftspolitischen Wendepunkte des 20. Jahrhunderts: von der Aufgabe des Goldstandards 1973 über die Machtkämpfe zwischen Deutschland und Frankreich um Dominanz in der Eurozone bis zu den fatalen Folgen des Börsencrashs von 2008. Dass die Europäische Union als Bürokratie-Konglomerat im Dienste der Großindustrie entstand, ist kein Zufall; dass ihrer Währung demokratische Kontrollmechanismen fehlen, dagegen eine Katastrophe. Seit Amerika seine Rolle als Stabilisator der Weltwirtschaft nicht mehr spielt, zeitigen die Konstruktionsfehler des Euro immer dramatischere Folgen. Sollen auch in Zukunft die Schwächsten den Preis für die Fehler der Banker zahlen? Ein neues politisches Konzept ist nötig, um die Krise zu lösen und die europäische Idee zu retten.

23 L gen die sie uns ber den Kapitalismus erz hlen

Author: Ha-Joon Chang
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641041406
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Provokantes Debattenbuch über den Kapitalismus vor dem Hintergrund der aktuellen Weltwirtschaftskrise Mit seiner provokanten Streitschrift macht Ha-Joon Chang Front gegen die heiligen Kühe des Kapitalismus. In dreiundzwanzig Thesen und Gegenthesen analysiert er die Grundzüge der Marktwirtschaft des 21. Jahrhunderts, sagt, was sie ist und was sie nicht ist, was sie kann und was sie nicht kann. Dabei verbindet er ökonomischen Sachverstand mit gesellschaftlichem Scharfblick und Menschenkenntnis. Knapp, präzise und streitbar bietet Ha-Joon Chang dem Leser das Rüstzeug, die herrschenden Illusionen einer kapitalistischen Ökonomie zu durchschauen, ihre Möglichkeiten realistisch einzuschätzen und zum Wohle aller zu nutzen. Stellt elementare Lehrmeinungen der freien Marktwirtschaft in Frage.