The Gods that Failed: How Blind Faith in Markets Has Cost Us Our Future

The Gods that Failed: How Blind Faith in Markets Has Cost Us Our Future

by Larry Eliott, Dan Atkinson
     
 

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The Gods That Failed tells the story of the financial elite—the Wall Street and City of London high rollers and their ideological allies in the academy—that has brought us to financial collapse. It shows how over the past three decades, democratic governments have ceded control of the world economy to a new elite of super-rich, free-market operatives

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The Gods That Failed tells the story of the financial elite—the Wall Street and City of London high rollers and their ideological allies in the academy—that has brought us to financial collapse. It shows how over the past three decades, democratic governments have ceded control of the world economy to a new elite of super-rich, free-market operatives and their colleagues in national and international institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. This new elite promised economic stability but delivered chaos. It promised the bracing air of financial freedom, but in the end relied on a taxpayer bailout. The Gods Thai Failed, a lively and forensic examination of these latter-day masters of the universe, offers a series of bold proposals on how to reform our financial system—and stave off a new Depression.

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Publishers Weekly
Latest in the parade of where-were-they-a-year-ago expert financial authors are economics editors Elliott (of the Guardian) and Atkinson (of Britain's Mail on Sunday). Likening Wall Street professionals to "New Olympians" who opened a "Pandora's Box" of financial evils, the two are less than skilled with their analogies, but possess great knowledge and a perspective encompassing London, Wall Street and Washington DC. While it's true that free-market philosophies have been increasingly adopted, even by the left (Jimmy Carter's deregulation of airlines and telecommunications, Bill Clinton's NAFTA), the authors blame the current mess, somewhat fantastically, on an international group of 38 economic theorists (including Friedrich von Hayek, Karl Popper and Milton Friedman) who, meeting in Switzerland in 1947, set the course for "classical liberalism" to fight back against "what was seen as the tyranny of the collective." Aside from this, the authors provide an excellent, witty explanation for the past few years of economic boom and bust, with a broad approach that makes clear the multiple forces working to sink the economy (rather than focusing exclusively on, say, Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve). Though it's not impartial, this is a well-written, well-informed guide to today's crisis and a sharp critique of free market philosophies.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568584409
Publisher:
Nation Books
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Larry Elliott is the long-time Economics Editor of The Guardian. In 1997 he won the Business Journalist of the Year Award from the UK Press Gazette. He is a regular broadcaster on the BBC. He lives in London.

Dan Atkinson is the Economics Editor of Mail on Sunday, one of Britain’s highest circulation newspapers. He is an expert in issues of regulation and fraud. He lives in Sussex.

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