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Tragedy of Riches: How Our Politics Has Failed Us and Why We Need a New Economic Destiny Stephen Barber

Tragedy of Riches: How Our Politics Has Failed Us and Why We Need a New Economic Destiny

Stephen Barber

Published April 30th 2014
ISBN : 9780956395238
Paperback
272 pages
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 About the Book 

The great riches of Western Europe and the United States have been accumulated over six decades. That the world economy is still only shakily recovering from the credit crunch serves only to underline our misplaced faith in a system ill-equipped toMoreThe great riches of Western Europe and the United States have been accumulated over six decades. That the world economy is still only shakily recovering from the credit crunch serves only to underline our misplaced faith in a system ill-equipped to deal with our real needs in the twenty first century. Paradoxically, our riches are now the cause of our greatest problems.This book offers a devastating analysis of our political system, and argues that the captains of the baby boom generation milked its economic prosperity while failing to deliver a sustainable ideology. Accepted for so long, the post-war mixed economic settlement of three contrasting forms of economic, welfare and social liberalism have reached the limits of what can now be achieved without fundamental political change. The comfortable bubble of Western economic prosperity has created a rich, complacent society that has, in pursuit of hedonistic and consumer-driven short term interests, lost sight of its original goals. If the real lessons have not been learned, there is a real danger, for reasons of political convenience and economic dogmatism, that the system that generated the crisis will not be reformed. This book makes a passionate case that instead of accepting a status quo of dysfunctional modern economics we must now create a new, political settlement prepared to tackle the great issues of our age before it is too late.