Global Minotaur America, the True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy

ISBN-10: 1780320140

ISBN-13: 9781780320144

Edition: 2011

Authors: Yanis Varoufakis

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In this remarkable and provocative book, Yanis Varoufakis explodes the myth that financialisation, ineffectual regulation of banks, greed and globalisation were the causes of the global economic crisis. Rather, they are symptoms of a much deeper malaise which can be traced back to the 1970s; the time when a 'Global Minotaur' was born. Just as the Athenians maintained a steady flow of tributes to the Cretan beast, so the 'rest of the world' sent incredible amounts of capital to America and Wall Street. Thus, the Global Minotaur became the 'engine' that pulled the world economy from the early 1980s to 2008.Today's crisis in Europe, the heated debates about austerity versus further fiscal stimuli in the US, the clash between China's authorities and the Obama administration on exchange rates are the inevitable symptoms of the weakening Minotaur; of a global 'system' which is now as unsustainable as it is imbalanced. Going beyond this, Varoufakis lays out the options available to us for reintroducing a modicum of reason into a highly irrational global economic order.An essential account of the socio-economic events and hidden histories that have shaped the world as we now know it.
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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 8/18/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Laboratories of the future
The Global Plan
The Global Minotaur
The beast's handmaidens
Crash
The handmaidens strike back
The Minotaur's global legacy: the dimming sun, the wounded tigers, a flighty Europa and an anxious dragon
A future without the Minotaur?
Notes
Recommended Reading
Select Bibliography
Index
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