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Bleakonomics: A Heartwarming Introduction to Financial Catastrophe, the Jobs Crisis and Environmental Destruction

Rob Larson

Bleakonomics: A Heartwarming Introduction to Financial Catastrophe, the Jobs Crisis and Environmental Destruction

Rob Larson

Distributed for Pluto Press

256 pages | 5.07874 x 7.79528
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745332673 Published October 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745332680 Published October 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Bleakonomics is a short and darkly humorous guide to the three great crises plaguing today's world: environmental degradation, social conflict in the age of austerity and financial instability.

Written for anyone who is wondering how we’ve come to this point, Rob Larson holds mainstream economic theory up against the grim reality of a planet in meltdown. He looks at scientists’ conclusions about climate change, the business world’s opinions about its own power, and reveals the fingerprints of finance on American elections.

With a unique and engaging approach to each crucial subject, students, academics and activists will find a lot to appreciate in this quiet call-to-arms for a saner and more stable world.
Contents
Preface The Plutonomy Papers
Part 1: External Damnation The market’s unintended impact on the environment
Introduction “Externalities” in theory
1 Come Hell and High Water
2 Hug Them While They Last
3 Hot Water Capitalism's "best economic case"
4 The Brown Peril Atmospheric
5 Cause and Side-Effect
6 As Not Seen On TV
Part 2: Will Work For Peanuts The job market and war on labor
Introduction The labor market in theory
7 Classroots
8 Hitting the Class Ceiling
9 Fight and Flight
10 MidEast Meets MidWest
11 Ebony & Irony
12 The Subprime Court
13 Keeping Down With the Joneses
Part 3: The Invisible Hand Gives the Finger The crisis-prone finance market
Introduction Credit markets in theory
14 Pop Goes the Economy
15 Not Too Big Enough
16 Bonanzas As Usual
17 Fed Up
18 Starved For Attention
Conclusion: Invisible Sleight-of-Hand Economics as a failed science
Notes
Index
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