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And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future

Auteur: Yanis Varoufakis

  • Engelstalig
  • 368 pagina's
  • 9781568585048
  • april 2016
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Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis (1961) gaf les aan universiteiten in Engeland, Amerika en Australië en was hoogleraar economische theorie aan de Universiteit van Athene. Als minister van Financiën speelde hij een cruciale rol in de Griekse schuldencrisis van 2015. Varoufakis schreef enkele toonaangevende boeken, waaronder Economie zoals uitgelegd aan mijn dochter en En de zwakken ondergaan wat ze moeten ondergaan? Hij wordt al jaren gezien als onmisbare stem in het debat over de wereldwijde economische crisis, en is een van de initiatiefnemers van DiEM25, een Europese democratische beweging.

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''The strong do as they can and the weak suffer what they must.'' Thucydides

The fate of the global economy hangs in the balance, and Europe is doing its utmost to undermine it, to destabilize America, and to spawn new forms of authoritarianism. Europe has dragged the world into hideous morasses twice in the last one hundred years it can do it again. Yanis Varoufakis, the newly elected Finance Minister of Greece, has a front-row seat, and shows the Eurozone to be a house of cards destined to fall without a radical change in direction. And, if the European Union falls apart, he argues, the global economy will not be far behind.

Varoufakis shows how, once America abandoned Europe in 1971 from the dollar zone, Europe’s leaders decided to create a monetary union of 18 nations without control of their own money, without democratic accountability, and without a government to support the Central Bank. This bizarre economic super-power was equipped with none of the shock absorbers necessary to contain a financial crisis, while its design ensured that, when it came, the crisis would be massive. When disaster hit in 2009, Europe turned against itself, humiliating millions of innocent citizens, driving populations to despair, and buttressing a form of bigotry unseen since the Second World War.

In the epic battle for Europe’s integrity and soul, the forces of reason and humanism will have to face down the new forms of authoritarianism. Europe’s crisis is pregnant with radically regressive forces that have the capacity to cause a humanitarian bloodbath while extinguishing the hope for shared prosperity for generations to come. The principle of the greatest austerity for the European economies suffering the greatest recessions would be quaint if it were not also the harbinger of misanthropy and racism.

Here, Varoufakis offers concrete policies that the rest of the world can take part in to intervene and help save Europe from impending catastrophe, and presents the ultimate case against austerity. With passionate, informative, and at times humorous prose, he warns that the implosion of an admittedly crisis-ridden and deeply irrational European capitalism should be avoided at all cost. Europe, he argues, is too important to be left to the Europeans.

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If you ever doubt what is at stake in Europe, read Varoufakis's account Guardian An outstanding economist and political analyst. His remarkable talents are fully on display in his recent study of Europe's crisis, a most revealing and perceptive analysis of the development of the global economy in the past half century and their grim consequences now threatening Western societies -- Noam Chomsky An absolutely splendid book... What Yanis really shows is that the European project had a democratic deficit from the origin and design... The Thucydides of our time -- Jeffrey Sachs One of my few heroes...his achievements are incredibly important...to save what is worth fighting for in Europe...Yanis tried to do the right thing - to remain within the EU and disturb from within. That is why he was such a threat...wonderfully written, complex, a book which is set to provoke our rage...to make us think, and that's what we need today. As long as people like Yanis are around, there still is hope -- Slavoj Zizek One of my few heroes...his achievements are incredibly important...to save what is worth fighting for in Europe...Yanis tried to do the right thing - to remain within the EU and disturb from within. That is why he was such a threat...wonderfully written, complex, a book which is set to provoke our rage...to make us think, and that's what we need today. As long as people like Yanis are around, there still is hope -- Slavoj Zizek

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Yanis Varoufakis
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Engels
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33x241x159 mm
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286,00 gram
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april 2016
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1568585047
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9781568585048

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