Petit cours d'autodéfense en économie
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Qu'est-ce que la dette publique ? D'où vient l'inflation ? Le profit est-il source de progrès ? Le chômage est-il un mal nécessaire ? L'Etat nuit-il à l'investissement ? Mystérieuse et confuse, l'économie est trop souvent mise hors de la portée du citoyen ordinaire, qui n'en fait pas moins les frais de ses crises.

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Laura (Kyahgirl)
This book did exactly what I wanted...gave me a good basic understanding of what 'economics' and 'capitalism' are about. It touches on a very broad swath so doesn't go deeply into any one area but that is what I needed. I have a better understanding of why our capitalist structure is more prone to boom and bust cycles and how banks, government, the finance industry, and the consumer tie together in our own economy and the global economy.
Adam Davidson-Harden
Sep 29, 2008 Adam Davidson-Harden rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
absolutely wonderful book, and so critically needed..
Nadine
J'ai mis du temps à lire ce livre. Je m'attendais à quelque chose du calibre de "Petit cours d'autodéfense intellectuel" de la même maison d'édition.
Je trouvais le livre un peu trop "de base" et un peu trop biaisé.
L'auteur faisait des affirmations qui étaient plutôt des opinions.

Mais je suis contente de l'avoir terminé. C'est un bon portrait d'ensemble de l'économie en générale et de l'économie en particulier. J'ai pu réviser certaines notions et en corrigé d'autres qui ont changé depuis mon cou...more
Pierre-emmanuel
L'un des postulats de l'auteur est que "la science économique est une discipline essentiellement subjective, politique et chargée de valeurs". Son ouvrage est donc emprunt d'une vision et d'une orientation qui rend parfois difficile de savoir ce qui est de l'affirmation et ce qui est de l'analyse. Il n'en reste pas moins que cet ouvrage, comme le petit cours d'autodéfense intellectuel, donne des clefs pour comprendre un pan entier de notre quotidien et décrypter certains discours. L'écriture est...more
Stuart Elliott
Jim Stanford, an economist in the research department of the Canadian Auto Workers, thinks economics is too important to be left to economists. So, he wrote this concise and readable book to provide nonspecialist readers with all the information they need to understand how capitalism works – and how it doesn’t.
Frédéric Vachon
Il s'agit d'un intéressant tour d'horizon du fonctionnement de l'économie capitaliste, de ses origines à aujourd'hui. Pour les gens n'ayant jamais touché à Marx, le livre permet de comprendre les concepts de bases décrits dans la première partie du Capital tout en apprenant sur le fonctionnement du système financier. L'auteur touche également à plusieurs concepts fréquemment entendu autour de l'économie, comme le PIB, le libre-échange, le développement, etc. L'auteur sait rendre compte de ses op...more
Spagetes
This is a surprisingly measured explanation of capitalism. The author is an economist for the Canadian Auto Workers Union. His expertise lies in wealth redistribution and that's where the book's strengths are. His overview of its environmental impacts was too broad and even a bit too optimistic for my tastes. He's not anti-business or anti-growth, just very critical of profits being hoarded instead of invested to provide more jobs and better conditions for workers.

The chapter on globalization wa...more
kate
aside from kissing major feminist butt to the point of causing me to question his credibility, this union side economist (autoworkers union, hence the team approach with the feminists) has a take on the economy that is well outside the instruction inside universities. my economics classes were an indoctrination into chicago school/neoliberal viewpoints. I had read galbraith previously, which created an interest and what they teach is a completely different animal that is clearly lacking in balan...more
Adam
This book does a very good job of delivering on its title. It breaks down the economics of capitalism into manageable chunks, beginning small, and slowly widening its scope until it examines the entire global interaction. Occasionally over or under simplifies but treads the line quite well. The "political" cartoons dispersed throughout can and should be ignored.

Written by an author with a very clear (and oft expressed) view of capitalism's successes and failures but stays internally consistent...more
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Excellent explanation of economic basics of capitalism and neoliberalism, yet from a mild left-reformist stance emphasising redistribution and a "fairer slice of the pie", rather than the radical elimination of alienation or commodity fetishism where, as Marx says, "social relations assume the appearance of a relation between things".
Jean-Philippe
Bon résumé du système économique et de ses rouages. Bonne critique du capitalisme, parfois teinté d'idéologie, mais sommes toutes un ouvrage d'introduction complet et intéressant.
Todd


Everyone must read this book...that's all that needs to be said.
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This is a very important book.
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