From world-renowned economist Paul Collier, a candid diagnosis of the failures of capitalism and a pragmatic and realistic vision for how we can repair it.
Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of the United States and other Western societies: thriving cities versus rural counties, the highly skilled elite versus the less educated, wealthy versus developing countries. As these divides deepen, we have lost the sense of ethical obligation to others that was crucial to the rise of post-war social democracy. So far these rifts have been answered only by the revivalist ideologies of populism and socialism, leading to the seismic upheavals of Trump, Brexit, and the return of the far-right in Germany. We have heard many critiques of capitalism but no one has laid out a realistic way to fix it, until now.
In a passionate and polemical book, celebrated economist Paul Collier outlines brilliantly original and ethical ways of healing these riftsA??economic, social and culturalA??with the cool head of pragmatism, rather than the fervor of ideological revivalism. He reveals how he has personally lived across these three divides, moving from working-class Sheffield to hyper-competitive Oxford, and working between Britain and Africa, and acknowledges some of the failings of his profession.
Drawing on his own solutions as well as ideas from some of the worldA??s most distinguished social scientists, he shows us how to save capitalism from itselfA??and free ourselves from the intellectual baggage of the twentieth century.
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"This audiobook explores how the U.S. can address the ethical questions surrounding the inequalities that have created economic fissures in our society. It should come as no surprise to anyone living in a capitalist country that this economic system creates winners and losers. Narrator Peter Noble uses his English accent as a sword, slicing through the words in a sharp, ominous tone. He's terrific with his pronunciations and world accents, and he certainly knows how to pause for emphasis. The storm cloud he creates with his voice does become difficult to escape after a while. Most of this has to do with the author's words, but Noble could ease up on his tendency to be the doomsayer. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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