The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy (Economic Controversies)

In this provocative e-book, Yanis Varoufakis—the fiery former finance minister in Greek’s new Syriza-led government—explodes the parable that financialization, useless rules of banks, and generalized greed and globalization have been the foundation reasons of the worldwide fiscal situation. really, he exhibits, they're signs of a miles deeper malaise, one who might be traced all of the as far back as the nice melancholy, then during the stagflation of the Nineteen Seventies, whilst a “Global Minotaur” was once born. Today’s deepening concern in Europe, Varoufakis indicates, is only one of the inevitable indicators of the weakening Minotaur—of an international process that's now as unsustainable because it is unbalanced. instead of easily diagnose an issue, in spite of the fact that, Varoufakis additionally bargains an answer, a application for introducing cause into what has develop into a perniciously irrational monetary order.

a necessary, powerfully polemical account of the hidden histories that proceed to form our global and financial system this day, this booklet from an immense participant at the level of worldwide finance, and with a brand new advent by means of Paul Mason, might be crucial studying for economists, coverage makers, and common voters alike.

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