Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists: How Open Financial Markets Challenge the Establishment and Spread Prosperity to Rich and Poor Alike
Capitalism’s biggest problem is the executive in pinstripes who extols the virtues of competitive markets with every breath while attempting to extinguish them with every action.
Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists is a groundbreaking book that will radically change our understanding of the capitalist system, particularly the role of financial markets. They are the catalyst for inspiring human ingenuity and spreading prosperity. The perception of many, especially in the wake of never-ending corporate scandals, is that financial markets are parasitic institutions that feed off the blood, sweat, and tears of the rest of us. The reality is far different.
•Vibrant financial markets threaten the sclerotic corporate establishment and increase corporate mobility and opportunity. They are the reason why entrepreneurship flourishes and companies like The Home Depot and Wal-Mart—mere fly specks a quarter of a century ago—have surged as they have.
•They mean personal freedom and economic development for more people. Throughout history, and in most of the world today, the record is one of financial oppression. Elites restrict access to capital and severely limit not only general economic development but that of individuals as well.
•Open borders help check the political and economic elites and preserve competitive markets. The greatest danger of the antiglobalization movement is that it will keep the rich rich and the poor poor. Globalization forces countries to do what is necessary to make their economies productive, not what is best for incumbent elites. Open borders limit the ability of domestic politics to close down competition and to retard financial and economic growth.
•Markets are especially susceptible in economic downturns when the establishment can exploit public anger to restrict competition and access to capital. While markets must be free to practice “creative destruction,” Rajan and Zingales demonstrate the political and economic importance of a sustainable distribution of wealth and a baseline safety net. Capitalism needs a heart for its own good!
There are no iron laws of economics that condemn countries like Bangladesh to perpetual poverty or the United States to perpetual prosperity. The early years of the twentieth century saw vibrant, open financial markets that were creating widespread prosperity. Then came the “Great Reversal” during the Great Depression. It can—and will—happen again, unless there is greater understanding of what markets do, who benefits, and who really wants to either limit them or shut them down.
Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists breaks free of traditional ideological arguments of the right and left and points to a new way of understanding and spreading the extraordinary wealth-generating capabilities of capitalism.
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We eschew the presentation of detailed econometric analysis, not because we do not think it important, but because the flavor of the results can be conveyed equally well through words for the general reader, while the interested can be ...
... while Adam Cartabiano, Laura Pisani, and Talha Muhammad helped us check figures and track references down. Barbara Rifkind helped us put together a coherent proposal, and most important, find John Mahaney, our editor.
It is important to understand that the ascendancy of free markets is not necessarily the culmination of an inevitable process of economic development—the end of economic history, so to speak—but may well be an interlude, as it has been ...
But there are important similarities: both have valuable skills that only need to be supplemented with resources. As a multiple of the value of the income each one expects to generate, the amount of financing they seek is not very ...
Analogously, if industrial and financial incumbents are opposed to financial development, they have the organization and the political clout to prevent institution building from becoming an important part of a government's agenda.
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Given the downfall of such corporate giants as Enron and Worldcom, other white-collar malfeasance, and today's bearish stock-market conditions, it may not seem like such a great time for capitalism ... Read full review
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Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists: Unleashing the Power of Financial ...
Raghuram Rajan,Luigi Zingales
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