People First Economics

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This is the updated second edition of the acclaimed anthology of radical writing about the economic crisis. People First Economics sees a historic opportunity to build a new model with humans rather than profit at its heart. The book has been expanded to include new contributions by Joseph Stiglitz, Walden Bello, and Jayati Ghosh.

Features the work of twenty three leading authors and experts including Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Naomi ...

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Overview

This is the updated second edition of the acclaimed anthology of radical writing about the economic crisis. People First Economics sees a historic opportunity to build a new model with humans rather than profit at its heart. The book has been expanded to include new contributions by Joseph Stiglitz, Walden Bello, and Jayati Ghosh.

Features the work of twenty three leading authors and experts including Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Naomi Klein, and George Monbiot.

People First Economics takes a long, hard look at the mess globalized capitalism is in, and shifts the focus back to where it belongs – putting the needs of people and the environment first.

Vanessa Baird and David Ransom have gathered a passionate group of writers, activists, leaders and thinkers to seize this opportunity to replace deep-rooted problems with well-founded solutions.

This book is about more than economics. It’s about radical changes that are social, moral and ecological, and it provides the opportunity to rethink what really matters in life.

David Ransom and Vanessa Baird are co-editors of New Internationalist magazine.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The rising tide of populist outrage over the recent economic crisis fuels a series of essays, diatribes and manifestos in this compendium of left-wing economic alternatives. Editors Ransom and Baird have brought together journalists, economists, politicians and intellectuals to take the global capitalist market to task for everything from foreclosures and national economic collapse to global warming. Naomi Klein replays scenes of popular unrest in Iceland and Argentina; master financier Tarek El Diwany explains the history of interest and argues against usury; and, in case the stakes were unclear, Bolivia's President Evo Morales offers a 10-point plan for saving the markets and humanity. Ann Pettifor, a fellow at the New Economics Foundation, best sums up the ideological thread that unites the book when she quotes a 1944 British Labour Party tract saying that finance must be returned to its role as the intelligent servant of the community, not its stupid master. If ever these criticisms were to be taken seriously, now would be the time, and voices such as Noam Chomsky's and journalist Barbara Ehrenreich's lend the volume plenty of heft. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906523831
  • Publisher: New Internationalist
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 253
  • Sales rank: 1,088,626
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ransom and Vanessa Baird are longtime co-editors of New Internationalist magazine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction David Ransom Vanessa Baird 7

The Age of Possibility David Ransom 11

The Market that Failed Jayati Ghosh 19

Beyond the Crash - a Green New Deal Ann Pettifor 25

In Praise of Pluralism Joseph Stiglitz 37

Not As It Seems Noam Chomsky 47

Public Revolt Builds Against Rip-off Rescue Plans Naomi Klein 59

No More of the Same Susan George 63

Deglobalization Walden Bello 71

Naked Emperors Vanessa Baird 77

The Trouble with Interest Tarek El Diwany 97

Starting Afresh Peter Stalker 109

Making Money George Monbiot 121

Can Pay, Won't Pay John Christensen 127

Rich Get Poorer, Poor Disappear Barbara Ehrenreich 139

Jobs First Yash Tandon 143

Equality Is Better - For Everyone Richard Wilkinson Kate Pickett 155

To Live Well Nicola Bullard 165

How to Save the World, Life and Humanity Evo Morales 177

How to Take Part in the Economy Michael Albert 181

Open Source Anti-Capitalism Derek Wall 193

Just or Bust Danny Chivers 205

Carbon Charade Patrick Bond 223

Now, a Real Chance to Tackle Global Poverty John Hilary 229

Action, contracts and resources 241

Index 245

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