Author(s): Bryan Gould
RIPPING THE LID OFF THE MYTH OF THE FREE MARKET 'TRIUMPH' Many of us are increasingly puzzled and angered by the problems that government seems unable to resolve. Recent revelations by whistle-blowers only add to the sense that powerful forces control our lives and that we have no say in what they decide. There is, in general, a distinct loss in confidence in the democratic process. In MYTHS, POLITICIANS & MONEY, former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Bryan Gould casts new light on these issues. Using examples of his involvement with many of the pressing political and economic issues that have troubled governments in the West over the last four decades, Gould shows that these problems have a common cause: the surrender of our democracy to those who control and dominate the global economy. MYTHS, POLITICIANS & MONEY exposes why politicians around the world distort economic policy against the interest of ordinary people, how neo-liberalism has been allowed to rise to prominence and why the break-down of a European super-state will create economic stability for millions. Controversial and shocking, this is the insider story of the rise of the free market ideology, its entrenchment within politics and the terrible impact that it has had on society.
Bryan Gould was a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar who became a British diplomat, an Oxford law don, a television journalist, and a leading British politician. He challenged for the leadership of the British Labour Party in 1992 and returned to New Zealand in 1994 to lead a New Zealand university.
Foreword Introduction 1. The Triumph of the 'Free' Market 2. Globalisation 3. Stepping Stones to a Global Economy 4. The Political Response 5. Democracy Surrendered 6. The Shift in the Balance of Power 7. Everything Has A Price - Or Businessmen Know Best 8. Mismanaging Our Economies - The Rise of Monetarism 9. Mismanaging Our Economies - The International Dimension 10. The Rise of Powerful Rivals and Other Models 11. Mismanaging Our Economies - Ignoring the Evidence 12. Hubris and Nemesis - The GFC 13. Our Leaders Are Ignorant of How Our Economy Works 14. The Role of the Media 15. Widening Inequality and Social Problems 16. Misreading the Non-Western World 17. The Anglo-American Model Conclusion - What Can Be Done