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Talking to My Daughter about the Economy: Or, How Capitalism Works--And How It Fails

by Yanis Varoufakis

ISBN: 9780374538491
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In Talking to My Daughter About the Economy , activist Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's former finance minister and the author of the international bestseller Adults in the Room , pens a series of letters to his young daughter, educating her about the business, politics, and corruption of world economics. Yanis Varoufakis has appeared before heads of nations, assemblies of experts, and countless students around the world. Now, he faces his most important--and difficult--audience yet. Using clear language and vivid examples, Varoufakis offers a series of letters to his young daughter about the economy: how it operates, where it came from, how it benefits some while impoverishing others. Taking bankers and politicians to task, he explains the historical origins of inequality among and within nations, questions the pervasive notion that everything has its price, and shows why economic instability is a chronic risk. Finally, he discusses the inability of market-driven policies to address the rapidly declining health of the planet his daughter's generation stands to inherit. Throughout, Varoufakis wears his expertise lightly. He writes as a parent whose aim is to instruct his daughter on the fundamental questions of our age--and through that knowledge, to equip her against the failures and obfuscations of our current system and point the way toward a more democratic alternative.

Author Biography

Yanis Varoufakis is a former finance minister of Greece and a cofounder of an international grassroots movement, DiEM25, that is campaigning for the revival of democracy in Europe. He is the author of the international bestseller Adults in the Room , And the Weak Suffer What They Must? , and The Global Minotaur . After teaching for many years in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia, he is currently a professor of economics at the University of Athens.

Table of Contents

  1. Why So Much Inequality? 2. The Birth of the Market Society 3. The Marriage of Debt and Profit 4. The Black Magic of Banking 5. Two Oedipal Markets 6. Haunted Machines 7. The Dangerous Fantasy of Apolitical Money 8. Stupid Viruses?

Product Details

Author
Yanis Varoufakis
Short Title
TALKING TO MY DAUGHTER ABT THE
Pages
224
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language
English
Translator
Jacob Moe
ISBN-10
0374538492
ISBN-13
9780374538491
Format
Paperback
Year
2019
Publication Date
2019-05-21
Subtitle
Or, How Capitalism Works--And How It Fails
Audience
General/Trade