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Donald Marron

30-Second Economics

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Keynesian Economics, Free Market Capitalism, Monetarism, Game Theory and the Invisible Hand. Sure, you know what they mean. That is, you've certainly heard of them. But do you know enough about these economic theories to join a dinner party debate or dazzle the bar with your financial knowledge?
30 Second Economics takes the top 50 economic theories, and explains them to the general reader in half a minute, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and one picture. Economics will suddenly seem a lot more fun than the economy, and make a lot more sense, and along the way you'll meet founding fathers of modern economics such as Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Alfred Marshall. From Marxism to Mercantilism, plus everything in between, this is the ultimate 'crash' course in economic theory.
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  • idy91has quoted2 years ago
    “Planning and market forces are not the essential difference between socialism and capitalism. A planned economy is not the definition of socialism, because there is planning under capitalism; the market economy happens under socialism, too. Planning and market forces are both ways of controlling economic activity.”
  • idy91has quoted2 years ago
    he “Austrians” are the strongest opponents of government intervention and are considered the fathers of right-wing libertarianism. But their insistence on the superiority of absolute laissez-faire seems far-fetched. It seems too much to argue that a society will only function properly if no collective decisions are taken.
  • idy91has quoted2 years ago
    The laborer’s use value is the ability to produce commodities, and in return the laborer is provided with a fair exchange value, or wage, which meets his basic costs of living. Yet when the laborer’s use value is combined with the machines owned by the employer, the commodities produced are worth more than the laborer’s exchange value; in this way a surplus is generated, which the employer takes as profit—this, Marx argued, is “exploitation.” Such profit then provides the means by which capitalism can grow and expand, powered by the continual expansion of exploitation.

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