[[ ePUB ]] Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism [Lingua inglese]Author Yani Varoufakis – Z55z.co

Yanis Varoufakis, the bestselling author of Adults in the Room, uses personal stories and famous myths to explain what economics is and why it has the power to change our world Why is there so much inequalityIn this intimate and accessible book, world famous economist Yanis Varoufakis sets out to answer his daughter Xenia s deceptively simple question Drawing on memories of her childhood and a variety of well known tales from Oedipus and Faust to Frankenstein and The Matrix Talking To My Daughter About the Economy explains everything you need to know in order to understand why economics is the most important drama of our times It is a book that helps to make sense of a troubling world while inspiring us to make it a better one

13 thoughts on “Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism [Lingua inglese]

  1. Simon Rotelli Simon Rotelli says:

    Ho veramente apprezzato la semplicit con la quale Varoufakis ha introdotto i concetti di mercato, di mercato del lavoro, di moneta e di economia in generale fino ad arrivare ai temi caldi ed attuali delle banche, della robotica e dell inquinamento.Il tutto partendo da una domanda semplice della figlia su povert e diseguaglianze, passando attraverso una breve presentazione della storia del capitalismo, e terminando sul ruolo della politica e sull importanza della democrazia.Non si stupisca poi se la figlia si trasferita in Australia con la madre

  2. Matteo Bugli Matteo Bugli says:

    A simple and yet profound analysis of the development of market societies and the flaws intrinsically embedded into them For anybody who is interested in understanding what is going in today s world.

  3. Hande Z Hande Z says:

    This is a vivid and captivating account about the history and the state of capitalism YV explains how from a state of serfdom where capitalism is unknown we have arrived at the state of the world economy today He explains how the creation of surplus leads to unequal distribution, sowing the seeds of inequality The story of how from a state of serfdom came the market economy is interesting.From the creation of market economy which, he explains, is different from the market we have debt and profit, and the rise of global trade The development of bigger and bigger market economies gave rise to banking and how bankers create money out of nothing simply by typing the amount of loan required, and the borrower finds herself with the money she sought He tells us about the black magic of banking that destabilizes market economies by massively amplifying wealth creation in good times, and destroying wealth in bad times.YV explains the politicizing of money and how Bitcoin hopes to rectify the problems arising from such a system by depoliticizing money but he warns of the dangers that lie ahead with the fixed amount of cryptocurrencies in the future should there be a financial crisis there would be no means to produce money to stimulate the economy.What makes this book so interesting is the way YV weaves literature into his explanations He uses The Grapes of Wrath to explain why when there is a slump and there are starving people yet farmers are destroying excess crops in the hope of boosting the rapidly falling prices He uses Marlowe s Dr Faustus, and Goethe s Faust to illustrate the nature and problem of debt He uses The Matrix and The Blade Runner to explain the rise of technology and the implications that has for us.It is important to read the whole book carefully so that we can fully appreciate the solution YV proposes in his chapter, Stupid Viruses In theory it is hard to argue against it, but he has a problem how do we rid ourselves of greed and politicians One is bad enough, but the two go together We have a problem.

  4. mystery-thriller-suspense.co Customer mystery-thriller-suspense.co Customer says:

    didn t realise before I bought it that the book has a beautiful aesthetic The hardback has a cloth like texture, and the book has an attached bookmark one chapter down, and so far I can say I am A really charmed by the writing technique of this author communicating as though he were talking to his teenage daughter It s just enough without getting gimmicky or old It s actually quite sweet.B speeding through it The author has a style that is notably clear and straightforward and, at the same time, gripping in a way that draws you in to find out what s going to happen next I m serious It s kind of a page turner about economics C learning lots The content covers fundamental facts and arguments about economics and history and patterns of human behaviour It weaves together information I am already familiar with, and perspectives and details that are refreshingly novel to me, in a way that teaches and compels to keep galloping through the book The author is one heck of a talented storyteller I respect that he is open about his points of view, and neither tries to hard sell them or tries to cover up that they exist in order to appease any subsets of readers.Overall an impressive book Topical, informative, and a welcome escape from otherwise reading the hysteria of current day news

  5. WindingWay WindingWay says:

    I bought this book as an admirer if Varoufakis, but with a limited understanding of economics I feel like I grasp the basics a bit better now, but may need to give it a second read to really let it sink in This isn t really a reflection on the book being difficult or complex I think my brain struggles to take on board theoretical concepts which, as Varoufakis opines, are what economics is constructed of Or at least that was how I understood it This was still an interesting read and underlined how truly intertwined the political world is with the economy Recommended.

  6. Ian McGregor Ian McGregor says:

    The headline above is a big claim for a relatively small book.But I think it is justified.It is directed at the author s teenage daughter It is is accessible but never patronising.Strongly recommended.

  7. Jezreel Jezreel says:

    A good general introduction to economics and how the international economy works Not a text book style but as the title indicates, of a conversational and discursive approach, from quite a left and critical perspective I read it after enjoying Adults in the Room and it reflects the same approach to economics I would recommend it to anyone wanting an overview or an introduction to economics I found it fairly easy to read with useful examples and comparisons which made the concepts being explained much clearer than the usual text books My only reservation is I think a reader would need to read widely to get mainstream views although these are readily available in the papers.

  8. MiB MiB says:

    I read this book because I have seen Yanis Varoufakis interviewed many times and he always presents a highly articulate voice in favour of a balanced economic model But this book is terrible.It is presented as a response to a question supposedly asked by his teenage daughter who lives in Australia as to why the distribution of wealth is so unfair Varoufakis uses this as a mechanism for a narrative so condescending that it will make any reasonably intelligent reader vomit He explains the evolution of capitalism as though the reader is five years old and in such tedious way that any toddler would be instantly bored He repeatedly uses a mechanism where once he has completed one aspect of the discussion and wants to move on he imagines his daughter asking another question that leads his next argument, Ah, I hear you say but what about. This is an unforgivable exploitation of his daughter s identity If I were her Australia would not be far enough away from such a father.Worse than this is Varoufakis economic theories and explanations themselves He uses the fact that he is supposedly explaining to a teenager to offer patronisingly simplistic arguments.International wealth distribution is entirely due to luck, accidents of geography and military might It is never due to hard work or enterprise Distribution of wealth within a nation is due to luck and oppression by a rich minority Greece is not relatively poor because of profligacy and lack of industry, but presumably due to some other factor that makes it different from Italy or Spain According to Varoufakis government debt is fantastic because they use it to build roads and houses and rainbows But it is totally unfair that evil bankers want them to repay it when the government have done the bankers a massive favour by borrowing it in the first place.Varoufakis solution to inequality is economic democracy The simple unchallenging format of the book allows him to ignore issues such as what if the 51% majority simply voted to abolish their own debts or economically oppress or even economically enslave the other 49%.The book is an insult to the intellect of the reader and that of Varoufakis daughter.

  9. mystery-thriller-suspense.co Customer mystery-thriller-suspense.co Customer says:

    Great book Clear description of the way the economy works , the problems and looking ahead to potential solutions Written as an account for his teenage daughter but also serves as an excellent account for the layman Something that everyone should read If we don t understand what is going on we don t try to change it and change is urgently needed in the lamentable state of the world

  10. Wagner fiend Wagner fiend says:

    Clever and, despite being written for a 14 year old, not the least condescending.If other academic economists wrote as clearly, politicians would have less excuse to mess things up.

  11. Alex Kopyra Alex Kopyra says:

    The author writes clearly and there is no doubt he is a great economist It was an interesting read, however I do have to admit I learned about Greek mythology through the author s plentiful supply of analogies than I did about the economy The book is definitely aimed at teenagers, and as a university student with a basic grasp of economics and common terms I unfortunately didn t learn much I think it s a great starting place for young people who have not come in contact with economics before and poses some very important questions.

  12. mystery-thriller-suspense.co Customer mystery-thriller-suspense.co Customer says:

    The title is a bit cheesy for me but ignore that It is a book worth reading for a different perspective than you will see in 90% or of the media Written after his hideous experiences with the EU and their treatment of one of their member states, Greece, he sets out what are, if you care to look, well known issues with economics.I personally am not put off by the fact that this is coming from the left of politics, hardly surprising since that is my point of view, but you will not find any strong challenge, or acceptance of the faults from the right or centre of politics and faults there are Even if you do not agree with the remedies proposed from the left, do yourself a favour and understand what these flaws are You will be in a stronger position to filter through the nonsense spoken by politicians and at the least, free yourself from the gormless analogy that government finances are just like those of the humble housewife househusband trying to not overspend when doing the shopping.You will also have to accept that banks and others who deal in credit, have no obligation to have cash or assets available when making loans Yes, credit appears literally from thin air Let that sink in and you will start to understand how 2008 happened and why we as tax payers, bailed out those who caused it The very ones who tell us to keep government out business until of course they get into trouble in which case, a perverse form of socialism takes place where the government creates cash and gives it to companies to cover for their misjudgement.

  13. P. Penn-Low P. Penn-Low says:

    A simplified in a good way look at economics setting out its facts, fallacies and limitations Another reviewer wrote that the outlook in this book was flawed , yet Varoufakis himself explains that in many respects the whole concept of economics as a science is flawed Certainly, the author seems to have a strong moral ethic that will run contra to the aims and ambitions of big business and the body politic, therefore any conclusions he draws will not meet with favour by many I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to young person seeking to make sense of the current global economic mess and the reasons behind it.