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Image: Repeater Books, publisher of 'Stolen'.

Image: Repeater Books, publisher of ‘Stolen’.

‘Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation’

Printed Matter bookshop will be jointly hosting the book launch of ‘Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation’ with Grace Blakeley and Hastings Momentum at St Mary in the Castle, Wednesday, 18 September. 6pm. £2 Door entry. Lee Humphries writes.

A readable polemic on the growing dominance of the finance industry over the UK economy and what the left can do to challenge it. For decades, it has been easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.

In the decade leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, booming banks, rising house prices and cheap consumer goods propped up living standards in the rich world. Thirty years of rocketing debt and financial wizardry had masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth – and in 2008 we were forced to pay up.

The decade since has witnessed all kinds of morbid symptoms, as all around the rich world, wages and productivity are stagnant, inequality is rising and ecological systems are collapsing.

‘Stolen’ is a history of finance-led growth and a guide as to how we might escape it. We’ve sat back as financial capitalism has stolen our economies, our environment and even the future itself. Now, we have an opportunity to change course. What happens next is up to us.

Grace Blakeley is an economics commentator and research fellow at the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR). She has written on economic issues for, amongst others, the New Statesman, the Independent, and Novara Media, where she has a regular column.

Printed Matter Bookshop
185 Queens Road
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 1RG
Tel: 01424 440466

Posted 21:16 Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 In: Literature

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