Bad Money : Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-31
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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In his most provocative and timely book yet, Kevin Phillips describes the consequences of our catastrophic economic policies, our mounting debt, our collapsing housing market, our diminishing oil, and the end of American domination of world markets. As always, Phillips goes far beyond the daily news coverage of these topics, both to add historical context and to show the foolish web of dubious strategies in which they are entangled. Washington's promotion of public and private debt, its incompetence in energy matters, its blunders in Iraq, and the overall loss of international respect for American political leadership and global strategies are all fuel for Phillips's fire. He is devastating in his conclusion that, in all ways, "bad" money and finance have failed the American people and pointed flawed U.S. capitalism toward a global crisis. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Kevin Phillips, a political and economic commentator for more than three decades and a former White House strategist, is the author of ten books.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition: After the Fall: The Inexcusable Failure of American Fianancep. xi
Introduction: The Panic of Augustp. 1
Finance: The New Real Economy?p. 29
Bullnomics: Its Favoritism and Fictionsp. 69
Securitization: The Insecurity of It Allp. 96
Peak Oil: A Potential Pivot of the 2010sp. 120
The Politics of Evasion: Debt, Finance, and Oilp. 154
The Global Crisis of American Capitalismp. 179
Afterword: Speculative Capitalism Endangered: The Domestic and Global Consequensesp. 210
Appendix: Global Public Opinion and the Loss of Respect for the United States, 2003-7p. 237
Notesp. 241
Indexp. 261
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