Social Murder – a New Book

New Book: Social Murder And Other Shortcomings Of Conservative Economics

Posted by: “Anne-Emanuelle Birn” ae.birn@utoronto.ca

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

capitalism.

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

ethical consumption.

More info at www.arbeiterring.com/new/socialmurder.html

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