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How much do economists really know? In most cases, they claim to have profound knowledge but in fact understand little and obscure almost everything. Most people are convinced that economics should be left to the 'experts', when they themselves are perfectly capable of understanding it. This book explains that mainstream economics serves the interests of the rich through its logical inconsistency and unabashedly reactionary conclusions. John F. Weeks exposes the myths of mainstream economics and explains in straightforward language why current policies fail to serve the vast majority of people in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Their failure to serve the interests of the many results from their devoted service to the few.
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Table of Contents

Preface: Doctor Bob's Third Law; Introduction: Economic Ignorance; Chapter 1: Fakeconomics and Economics; Chapter 2: Market Worship; Chapter 3: Finance and Criminality; Chapter 4: Selling Market Myths; Chapter 5: Riches, "Sovereignty" and "Free Trade"; Chapter 6: Lies about Government; Chapter 7: Deficit Disorders and Debt Delirium; Chapter 8: Governments Cause Inflation?; Chapter 9: Institutionalized Misery: Austerity in Practice; Chapter 10: Economics of the 99%

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This book exposes the myths of mainstream economics behind the public discourse and explains why current policies fail to serve the vast majority.

About the Author

John F. Weeks is professor emeritus of economics at SOAS, University of London, and has advised numerous governments and international organizations over the past forty years.

Reviews

"Weeks shows how professional economists conceal the real workings of the capitalist economic system in the interests of the rich and powerful. They foster ignorance to flog a theory - a professional fraud - that justifies reaction. Frustration grips the page. [...]Weeks' 'Economics of the 1%' is a powerful indictment of the state of the contemporary economics profession." -"Marx & Philosophy Review of Books" 'In clear and straightforward language, [Weeks] unpacks the assumptions of mainstream economics in a bid to show how modern economists have inculcated in non-economists the erroneous belief that such theories are inspired by reality.' -Ioana Negru, 'Times Higher Education' "John F. Weeks has performed a big and important service. The economic dogma that sired the financial crash of 2008-9 and the longest recession for a century remains the dominant ideology, for lack of the coup de grace to consign it to oblivion. John F. Weeks sets about this task with a forthrightness and zeal akin to the biblical destruction of false prophets. This book should be read by all who seek the restoration of sanity in economics from the corrupting clutches of perhaps the biggest austerity hoax ever perpetrated." -Michael Meacher, British Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton "Weeks's dry and sarcastic style complements, and lightens, his deep analysis of the economic assumptions which many consider rational. [...] his work has already played an extremely useful role helping us see and better understand some of the core economic truths we thought we knew." -Steve Rushton, Occupy.com "Why do economic policies seem so impenetrable and confusing to most? Weeks provides a clear explanation for how the layperson can decipher them. Every concerned voter should read this book to be economically literate." -Peter Welch, US Congressman from Vermont and Chief Deputy Whip of the House of Representatives Democratic Caucus "The recent crisis has exposed the weaknesses of not only the business models of the capitalist world but also the flaws in mainstream economic thought. John F. Weeks' polemic on the 'Economics of the 1%' explores these intellectual blind alleys and takes no prisoners. Pointing out holes in the mainstream logic, Weeks aligns himself with the tradition(s) of Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes and Thorstein Veblen, and with such contemporaries as James K. Galbraith, Ha-Joon Chang and Paul Krugman. And Weeks is right. We have to replace 'fakeconomics' with proper economic analysis to combat the social inequalities that have grown disproportionately and dangerously in recent decades." -Laszlo Andor, Economist and Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission "With barely concealed rage, excoriating analysis and unswerving clarity, Weeks dissects and exposes the myths and lies of the free-market propaganda upon which our current economic system is built. Eminently readable, 'Economics of the 1%' is a tour de force - a clarion call for a common-sense economics that serves us all, not just the rich and powerful." -Caroline Lucas, British MP for Brighton Pavilion and Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

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