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Author Magdoff, Fred, 1942-

Title The ABC's of the economic crisis : what working people need to know / by Fred Magdoff and Michael D. Yates.

Imprint New York : Monthly Review Press, 2009.


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 Axe Special Collections Eucalyptus  330.973 M271a 2009    ---  Lib Use Only
Description 144 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-136) and index.
Contents The calm before the storm -- What makes capitalism tick -- Capitalist economies are prone to crises -- Mature capitalism's concentration of production and slow growth -- Can the tendency to slow growth be overcome? -- Economic stagnation sets in following the Second World War -- Neoliberalism -- The financial explosion : introduction -- How did it happen? -- The explosion of debt -- The great unraveling -- The government to the rescue? -- Summary and conclusions.
Summary The economic crisis has created a host of problems for working people: collapsing wages, lost jobs, ruined pensions, and the anxiety that comes with not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Compounding all this is a lack of reliable information that speaks to the realities of workers. Commentators and pundits seem more confused than anyone, and economists--the so-called "experts"--still cling to bankrupt ideologies that failed to predict the crisis and offer nothing to explain it. In this short, clear, and concise book, Fred Magdoff and Michael D. Yates explain the nature of the economic crisis. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the authors demonstrate that this crisis is not some aberration from a normally benign capitalism but rather the normal and even expected outcome of a thoroughly irrational and destructive system. No amount of tinkering with capitalism, whether it be discredited neoliberalism or the return of Keynesianism and a "new" New Deal, can overcome the core contradiction of the system: the daily exploitation and degradation of the majority of the worlds people by a tiny minority of business owners. While the current economic maelstrom has laid bare the web of greed, corruption, and propaganda that are central to capitalism, only an aroused public, demanding the right to health care, decent employment, a secure old age, and a clean and healthy environment, can lead the United States and the world out of the worst crisis since the Great Depression and toward a system of production and distribution conducive to human happiness.
Subject United States -- Economic policy -- 2001-2009.
Working class -- United States -- Economic conditions.
Financial crises -- United States.
Economic policy. (OCoLC)fst00902025
Financial crises. (OCoLC)fst00924607
Working class -- Economic conditions. (OCoLC)fst01180442
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 2001-2009
Added Author Yates, Michael, 1946-
ISBN 9781583671955 (pbk.)
9781583671962 (cloth)
1583671951 (pbk.)
158367196X (cloth)

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