Why save the bankers? : and other essays on our economic and political crisis / Thomas Piketty ; translated from the French and annotated by Seth Ackerman

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    • Abstract:
      Shares incisive commentary on the financial meltdown and its aftermath, counseling democratic societies on how to avoid the practices that have led to unregulated markets and economic inequality
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      I. WHY SAVE THE BANKERS? : 2008-10. Why save the bankers? ; A trillion dollars ; Obama and FDR: a misleading analogy ; Profits, wages, and inequality ; The Irish disaster ; Central banks at work ; Forgotten inequalities ; Mysteries of the carbon tax ; Lessons for the tax system from the Bettencourt affair ; Enough of GDP, let's go back to national income ; Down with idiotic taxes! ; Who will be the winners of the crisis? ; With or without a platform? ; Record bank profits: a matter of politics -- II. NO, THE GREEKS AREN'T LAZY : 2010-12. No, the Greeks aren't lazy ; Europe against the markets ; Rethinking central banks ; Does Liliane Bettencourt pay taxes? ; Toward a calm debate on the wealth tax ; Should we fear the Fed? ; The scandal of the Irish bank bailout ; Japan: private wealth, public debts ; Greece: for a European bank tax ; Poor as jobs ; Rethinking the European project -- and fast ; Protectionism: a useful weapon ... For lack of anything better ; Francois Hollande, a new Roosevelt for Europe? ; Federalism: the only solution ; The what and why of federalism -- III. ACTION, FAST! : 2012-15. Action, fast! ; Merkhollande and the Eurozone: shortsighted selfishness ; The Italian elections: Europe's responsibility ; For a European wealth tax ; Slavery: reparations through transparency ; A new Europe to overcome the crisis ; Can growth save us? ; IMF: still a ways to go! ; Libé: what does it mean to be free? ; On oligarchy in America ; To the polls, citizens! ; The exorbitant cost of being a small country ; Capital in Hong Kong? ; Capital according to Carlos Fuentes ; 2015: what shocks can get Europe moving? ; Spreading the democratic revolution to the rest of Europe ; The double hardship of the working class ; Must debts always be paid back? ; A crackdown alone will solve nothing
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      Originaltitel: Essays (English)
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      9780544663329 (hbk)
      0544663322 (hbk)
      9780544868847 (pbk)
      0544868846 (pbk)
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LJ Reviews 2015 November #2

Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is that rare phenomenon: a huge economic history, enfolding a critique of capitalism today, translated from the French and published by an academic press, that became a best seller here. In his first publication here since, Piketty collects eight years' worth of his monthly columns for Libération, a leading French news magazine, starting with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Annotated for up-to-date reading; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

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LJ Reviews 2016 April #2

Superstar economist Piketty (economics, Paris Sch. of Economics) is author of the best-selling global phenomenon Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century, which emphasizes his work on wealth and income inequality. The essays in this impressive collection start in September 2008 following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and provide an examination of the Barack Obama presidency and the EU's debt crisis. Piketty brings together selections from eight years of columns in the French publication Libération. These annotated pieces consider tech giant Steve Jobs's career and what it teaches us about economics and obligations which must be or must not be paid. Other writings probe the mysteries of the Carbon Tax; the Central Bank at work; French President Francois Hollande as a new Franklin D. Roosevelt for Europe; what it means to be free; and the how and what of federalism. An essay from Le Monde (the only essay not from Libération) looks at the crisis in Europe on the night of November 13, 2015, when Islamic State-trained militants launched attacks against civilians in Paris. These excellent essays presuppose little knowledge of economics and provide an overview in nontechnical language of events in the news in Europe, which have relevance to the United States. VERDICT This book by one of the most important economic thinkers of our generation belongs in all economic and social history collections and should appeal to lay readers and subject specialists alike. [See Prepub Alert, 10/26/15.]—Claude Ury, San Francisco

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