Economics Unmasked: From Power and Greed to Compassion and the Common Good

Economics Unmasked: From Power and Greed to Compassion and the Common Good

by Philip B. Smith, Manfred Max-Neef
     
 

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The economic system under which we live not only forces the great majority of humankind to live their lives in indignity and poverty but also threatens all forms of life on Earth. Economics Unmasked presents a cogent critique of the dominant economic system, showing that the theoretical constructions of mainstream economics work mainly to bring about

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The economic system under which we live not only forces the great majority of humankind to live their lives in indignity and poverty but also threatens all forms of life on Earth. Economics Unmasked presents a cogent critique of the dominant economic system, showing that the theoretical constructions of mainstream economics work mainly to bring about injustice. The merciless onslaught on the global ecosystem of recent decades, brought about by the massive increase in the production of goods and the consequent depletion of nature's reserves, is not a change property of the economic system. It is a direct result of neoliberal economic thinking, which recognizes value only in material things. The growth obsession is not a mistaken conception that mainstream economists can unlearn, it is inherent in their view of life. But a socioeconomic system based on the growth obsession can never be sustained. This book outlines the foundations of new economics, where justice, human dignity, compassion, and reverence for life are the guiding values. Contrary to the assumption of mainstream economists that economics is a value-free science, new economics must make its values explicit.

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“An inspiring statement that there is an alternative to the hollow dreams of globalisation.”  —Molly Scott Cato, economics spokesperson for the Green Party of England and Wales

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ISBN-13:
9781900322706
Publisher:
UIT Cambridge
Publication date:
04/21/2011
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,418,158
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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