This is a darkly humorous guide to the three great crises plaguing today's world: environmental degradation, social conflict in the age of austerity and financial instability.
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.
Through ascerbic analysis, Bleakonomics unveils a world of extreme inequality, confusion and insanity.
Rob Larson teaches Economics at Tacoma Community College in Washington State, USA. He is active with Occupy Tacoma and Jobs with Justice, and writes regularly for Dollars and Sense and Z Magazine.
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