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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: The IU (16 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0904658104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0904658101
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.2 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fred Harrison is Research Director of the London-based Land Research Trust. He is notable for his stances on land reform and belief that an over reliance on land, property and mortgage weakens economic structures and makes companies vulnerable to economic collapse. He is inspired by the writings of American political economist, Henry George. His first book, 'The Power in the Land' (1983), predicted the economic crisis of 1992. He followed this with a 10-year forecast (published in 'The Chaos Makers' [1997]) that a global financial crisis would be triggered when house prices peaked in 2007. Fred's latest book 'As Evil Does' is now available.

He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College, Oxford. His MSc is from the University of London. Fred's first career was in newspaper journalism, most notably as chief reporter at 'The People newspaper'. Since his move to Economics he has worked as Director of the Centre for Incentive Taxation, an advisor to the Russian Parliament, a corporate business advisor, research director, writer and lecturer.



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''The Silver Bullet is brilliant!'' --Dr Mason Gaffney, Professor of Economics, University of California

Fred Harrison emphasises that ''Government's taxes...are a covert way of redistributing income from the poor to the rich''. I needn't spell out here Harrison's explanation of how that works, but it is clear and it is important to understand it....Intelligent, active people [need] to give serious attention to the book's case. --James Robertson, co-founder of the New Economics Foundation (Land&Liberty 1221, Spring 2008)

About the Author

Fred Harrison is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and London. His journalistic career in Fleet Street was followed by a 10-year sojourn in Russia where inter alia he was an adviser to the federal Parliament and to the Economics Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is research director of the London-based Land Research Trust, and co-founder of the communications company Motherlode Ltd and web-broadcaster The Renegade Economist.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dave Wetzel on 26 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Titled "The Silver Bullet", Fred Harrison has written an excellent book that examines our failure to address poverty in all parts of the world including the "affluent" West.

Unlike many good books that only describe the problems of poverty - Fred Harrison goes much further - he clearly shows that there is a consistent underlying cause for poverty and that our current best efforts at charity, pity, aid, debt relief, banking reform and development policies ignore this cause and fail to provide an answer.

Fred Harrison turns much conventional thinking on its head and shows how this new approach ("The Silver Bullet") can be implemented in all societies and all economies now.

Equally relevant for countries and administrations in all continents, "The Silver Bullet" offers an elegant blend of economics working in harmony with social justice, equal opportunities and fairness, and thus provides the opportunity for every citizen on this planet to have a life free of poverty and free of the want of the basic necessities of life.

A MUST read for all of us who desire to "Make Poverty History".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Bazlinton on 1 Jan. 2009
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The Silver Bullet

A tour de force. This book is a must-read for anyone trying to understand why global poverty is so enduring. Be warned though that it will probably generate a lot of frustration in readers because of the blindness of the target audience of global poverty campaigners who need to benefit from its incisive forensic insights. The index is excellent.

Harrison shows that the current neglect of key issues by such world famous advisers such as Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz, will prevent poverty being tackled with any sort of effectiveness. He shows their ignorance of a proper appreciation of how land and natural resources should be handled to benefit a nation. He also shows how Sachs, and Paul Collier with Anke Hoeffler (Oxford Univ) deduce the strange theory that a nation rich in land and natural resources will have problems in promoting democracy and poverty reduction. To cap it all, the bizarre term `resource curse' is being used to promulgate this abysmal theory. They propose that taxes for national investment in public services should be raised from incomes and capital rather than using some of the value of land and other natural resources for the self-funding of those facilities.

This is rank neo-colonialism. Western countries can now justify their exploitation with such ideas from such `experts', and extract the very wealth from needy countries that should be raising their citizens from poverty. Sadly the gurus continue to peddle their false theories despite, in the case of Sachs, having seen Bolivia fail to lift GDP per head even after 20 years of trialing his advice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eulalia Pages Morales on 20 Feb. 2009
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One of the most interesting books about economics, excellent to understand what produce the poverty in the world, and easy to read.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kiwireviewer on 20 July 2010
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There are many good arguments in favour of a land tax, but Fred Harrison fails to make a clear case for why this would solve all our problems. He is obviously an angry man, and no doubt sincere, but ignoring politicians and bureaucrats/civil servants who practice good politics but bad policies sheds no light at all on the issue.
Harrison may well have a good idea with the land tax, but does anyone really believe that overall tax rates would then fall? British, European and North American politicians and bureaucrats would never let that happen. Governments in the western world now are like the monasteries of the late middle ages, profitable enterprises in their own right, with a life all of their own. They are not going to go away because of a land tax!
If you want to read arguments for and against a land tax, look up the recent New Zealand government studies on this, and save your money.
If you want a really good primer on economics, the best by far is Thomas Sowell's "Basic Economics", a mere 500 readable pages, or you can watch the great man on YouTube. As he says, the answer to poverty is wealth.
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