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Money, Blood and Revolution: How Darwin and the doctor of King Charles I could turn economics into a science

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Economics is a broken science, living in a kind of Alice in Wonderland state believing in multiple, inconsistent, things at the same time. Prior to the financial crisis, mainstream economics argued simultaneously for small government on taxation, regulation and spending, but big government on monetary policy. After the financial crisis, economics is now arguing for more go ...more
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Published March 17th 2014 by Harriman House (first published March 7th 2014)
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May 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: economics, science
As economies have stagnated since the crash of 2008, economists have bickered over diagnoses and prescriptions. This council of confusion has dented economics’ claim to be a wertfrei science; after all, astronomers no longer argue over whether the earth orbits the sun, that argument was settled in favour of the heliocentric model centuries ago. Current economic debates, by contrast, seem little advanced from Keynes and Hayek in the 1930s, or the argument over gluts between Malthus on the one han ...more
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May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ec-and-finance
In a paradigm shift inspired by Thomas Kuhn, author George Cooper, sorry, Dr George Cooper of Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and BlueCrest follows in the steps of Copernicus, William Harvey, Darwin and Wegener, but sadly not Einstein, to look at the hitherto confused science of Economics through the prism of evolution and strikes gold:

"The paradigm shift I have suggested involves thinking of economic growth as being generated by a circulatory flow of wealth through society. In this mode
Bilal Hafeez
Another great book by George Cooper. He has a knack of approaching familiar economics problems from a completely new angle. This time he goes through scientific paradigmatic changes and applies this to economics.

He argues that current thinking in Economics is stuck in a rut of everyone seeing what they want to see. Instead, he introduces a new "circular" way of looking at economies that houses all economic schools of thoughts. This allows one to see the effects of different policy choices on th
M.R. Raghu
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good book for economic students to understand neo classical economics and Keynesian economics. A practical book on how economic theories are struggling to go mainstream. What i like about this book is that it offers some solution to the problem as well. Overall, a useful book.
Sim Eu Jin
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Required reading for central bankers and politicians

Succinct and more relevant today. We can only hope that central banks and governments are onto these ideas for us.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I have slightly mixed feelings about this book. In parts I think it is excellent. As a scientist by background who also sold his soul to the devil and worked in investment banking and hedge funds, I completely agree with the overall tone. Economics is so far from being a science it is laughable. The many economics graduates I used to work with were so utterly unaware of the limitations, flawed axioms and erroneous conclusions that it was, frankly, scary. We all know how their lack of critical th ...more
Federico Carballo
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting book, very original. Reviews the state of the science of economics and compares it to other sciences, like astronomy, biology, physics, etc. Good points, interesting comparison, but a bit shallow. The strong part of the book is when he describes the different schools of thought and how they differ, and where they fail. For me that was the most rewarding part. Finally it look at how the different schools failed to predict all major crisis, come up with its own model which is very inte ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Much to criticise but still without doubt one of the best books on the subject. I liked his approach very much and the book makes for insightful reading. Still, his understanding of quantitative easing is at best limited and he is a wee bit too US-centric for my liking. A couple of years down the road and I'm gonna read this book once again :-) ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Money Blood and Revolution by George Cooper summarised here: ...more
Horst Walther
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent writing - and the author might be even right.
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interesting ideas well presented
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I wrote my first book – The Origin of Financial Crises – back in 2008. With that book I was trying to explain what was going wrong with monetary policy and how our central banks were making financial crises bigger rather than smaller. The book got some good press including some generous reviews in The Economist and in the Financial Times. Nevertheless neither my book nor any of the others discussi ...more

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