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Despite the awful cover (like a bad Andy Warhol painting) and the even worse title, this a is not a bad book.
It covers much of the post-war economic landscape in the UK and the USA and takes a look at the economic policies of both countries, especially the UK. Having said that, much of the information could have been condensed. Anyone who has studied economics (or similar subjects) should know much of the stuff off by heart.
The book would make an excellent introduction for anyone studying economics at just before university level (secondary and sixth form) and even at undergraduate level. Unfortunately, given the slight right-wing bias, some parents may not want their children being taught such things. Look at the reaction the death of Margaret Thatcher caused. The author of the book has some admiration for the now deceased grocer's daughter from Grantham.
Further, I suspect a book that teaches that most politicians cannot be trusted is not likely to go down well with any minister for education (especially the current one, Michael Gove).
Can you imagine the average sixteen-year-old suddenly putting his (or her)hand up in the air and and asking, "Why can't our pensions be linked in the same way as those of the politicians and those that work in the Bank of England?"
The truth? "Because they think you're NOTHING compared to them. Even the Queen thinks you're nothing."
The main problem is that the last chapter "Getting Ourselves Out of This Mess" doesn't really address the issues. Real freedom (as proposed by the economist the author most admires in the book,Hayek) involves real responsibilities and if people started to take real responsibility for their lives they wouldn't bother voting for politicians; there would be no point.
Further, we should ask ourselves why people like Cameron (current UK prime minister) and his buddies, like Osborne, Johnson and Feldman, bother going into politics at all: they all have outside forms of income. Further still, we should ask ourselves why they need titles like Sir and Lord. Andrew Feldman is or course a Lord, the title was given to him by his "tennis" buddy, David Cameron.
Without forcing people to take responsibility for their lives and without challenging the personal interests of the people who misgovern us, then no change will actually occur. Even when bozos like Obama promise us (or at least the American public) any real change - it doesn't happen. Obama, like Cameron, only cares about his own ego!
One idea of mine would be to have women who have babies be forced to name a father on the birth certificate. (No "single" mothers like Geri Halliwell.) The father would then be responsible for the baby (along with the mother, of course). No father, no baby. It should be allowed to die in the hospital. Of course, we already have a similar policy; it's called abortion on demand. I would be interested to see how much this policy costs the taxpayer!
Another policy would be to stop giving all these pointless titles (like Sir and Lord). This would stop incompetent people, like Sir (as he was) Fred Goodwin and Lord (as he still is) Dennis Stevenson and Sir Victor Blank getting too much credit and causing so much damage.
Politicians LIKE the welfare state; it turns us all into their slaves! They couldn't care less how things turn out. They know their nest-eggs are secure. Former Portuguese prime minister is now back in Portugal (after almost personally ruining the economy and then fleeing to Paris) and giving interviews (for which we assume he is paid) to give his "side of the story". There is only one side: he was (and remains) an incompetent buffoon.
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2013 10:48:48 BDT
Wow! When's YOUR book coming out? Keep posting..
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