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The ABCs of Political Economy by Robin Hahnel
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Jun 03, 12

bookshelves: non-fiction, politics, read-in-2012
Read from April 14 to 21, 2012

(9/10) More than just an introductory textbook, what Robin Hahnel offers up with The ABCs of Political Economy is an entirely different starting place for economics. He lays the groundwork here for a kind of leftist economics system that escapes both the oversights of conventional capitalist economics and the formalism of Marxist approaches, creating a system which is primarily concerned with *gasp* the way in which people actually live. Before this I had written off contemporary economics as modern phrenology, but Hahnel shows a way in which they could potentially be useful. Some of the examples are mathematically complex, but other than that this book is accessible to neophytes, and is one of those books which is great not so much for its own insights but for creating a new space for thought.

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