23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 24.01.2012 - 288 Seiten

The acclaimed Ha-Joon Chang is a voice of sanity-and wit-in this lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists have spun since the Age of Reagan. 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism uses twenty-three short essays (a few great examples: "There Is No Such Thing as a Free Market," "The Washing Machine Has Changed the World More than the Internet Has") to equip readers with an understanding of how global capitalism works, and doesn't, while offering a vision of how we can shape capitalism to humane ends, instead of becoming slaves of the market.

Praise for 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism:

"A lively, accessible and provocative book."-Sunday Times (UK )

"Chang, befitting his position as an economics professor at Cambridge University, is engagingly thoughtful and opinionated at a much lower decibel level. 'The "truths" peddled by free-market ideologues are based on lazy assumptions and blinkered visions,' he charges."-Time

 

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Nutzerbericht  - dougb56586 - LibraryThing

The 23 things of the title are specific criticisms the author makes against “Free Market” economics. I read and enjoyed his earlier book, “Bad Samaritans”. I enjoyed this book as well, but with have ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - bicyclewriter - LibraryThing

National and world economics is such a confusing thing to normal folks, and this book does a super job of simplifying things in a way that helps the reader see the big picture and the context. The ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

There is no such thing as a free market
1
Companies should not be run in the interest of their owners
11
Most people in rich countries are paid more than they should be
23
The washing machine has changed the world more than the internet has
31
Assume the worst about people and you get the worst
41
Greater macroeconomic stability has not made the world economy more stable
51
Freemarket policies rarely make poor countries rich
62
Capital has a nationality
74
Governments can pick winners
125
Making rich people richer doesnt make
137
People in poor countries are more
157
More education in itself is not going
178
Despite the fall of communism we
199
Big government makes people more
221
Good economic policy does not require
242
Postscript
264

We do not live in a postindustrial age
88
The US does not have the highest living standard in the world
102
Africa is not destined for underdevelopment
112

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Über den Autor (2012)


Ha-Joon Chang teaches in the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge University. His books include the international bestseller Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism and Kicking Away the Ladder, winner of the 2003 Myrdal Prize. In 2005, Chang was awarded the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.

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