New Book: Social Murder And Other Shortcomings Of Conservative Economics
Posted by: “Anne-Emanuelle Birn” email@example.com
Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:17 am (PDT)
This new book lays bare the connections between the destructiveness
of global capitalism and the professional economists who help keep it
that way? and the deleterious consequences for health and inequality.
Definitely worth assigning for courses and obtaining for
libraries–see below for ordering information.
Social Murder And Other Shortcomings Of Conservative Economics
By Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson
Corporate power is one of the strongest forces shaping our world. More
than half of the top 100 economic entities today are private
corporations. With their immense size comes commensurate influence, to
the point where corporations are able to wreak social and
environmental destruction with few serious consequences.
Corporations,conservative ideas and conservative governments have made our society
more deadly, less innovative, more unstable, and less fair.
Yet, amazingly, this subject is essentially absent from the
study of economics.
The conservative economic theory that dominates the profession is
based on the core belief that as little as possible should interfere
with businesses? pursuit of profit. This approach to economics
ignores history, politics, poverty, the natural environment, and
social class, among other inconvenient realities.
Conservative economics would almost be laughable?were it not for the
fact that this way of thinking helps prop up the worst excesses of
Social Murder examines the connections between the destructiveness of
global capitalism and the professional economists who help keep it
that way including what the authors refer to as the corporate pandemic
responsible for the growth of chronic disease in the 20th century.
Robert Chernomas is a Professor of Economics at the University of
Manitoba with research and political interests in health economics,
the social determinants of health and macroeconomics.
Ian Hudson is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of
Manitoba, currently researching in the areas of political economy and
More info at www.arbeiterring.com/new/socialmurder.html