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Lithium atomic number. As someone who was an exchanged student in the Soviet Union (1983), and lived in Eastern Europe during the twilight years of Communism (1992), I have always wondered when Karl Marx would make a recovery unto the Western stage. One of the great intellectual tragedies in economics was that the terrible totalitarianism of the Soviet Union discredited many of Marx’ foundational insights into capitalism and its instabilities.

Phishing for Phools. Book Description: Ever since Adam Smith, the central teaching of economics has been that free markets provide us with material well-being, as if by an invisible hand. In Phishing for Phools, Nobel Prize-winning economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller deliver a fundamental challenge to this insight, arguing that markets. From here you can download books for free and even contribute or correct. The website gives you access to over 1 million free e-Books and the ability to search using subject, title and author. Phishing For Phools The Economics Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception. 4.0 out of 5 stars.

Without mentioning Marx, nor certainly without being Marxists, Akerlof and Shiller are “rediscovering” many of the basic truths of Marxism and then adding on an informational Marxism (information “haves” vs. information “have nots”).

4,836 likes 2 talking about this. Download free books in PDF format. Read online books for free new release and bestseller. Ever since Adam Smith, the central teaching of economics has been that free markets provide us with material well-being, as if by an invisible hand. In Phishing for Phools, Nobel Prize-winning economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller deliver a fundamental challenge to this insight, arguing that markets harm as well as help us.

Instability of markets? Check.
Information haves vs. information have-not’s? Check.
Opiate of the people? Check.
The production of an ideology to support capitalism that makes even those at the bottom “support” it? A.K.A. Antonio Gramsci? Check.

Instabilities, Inequities, and Informational Inbalances

The anecdotes of the book are a tale of instability, inequity and informational imbalance. They make a wonderful read. And to those of us who lived through the Financial Crisis and subsequent Great Recession, remind us of how the reputations of the bond raters were “phished” to make millions for the few yet cause misery for the masses. Not to mention how the capitalist state “came to the rescue” of capitalists and capitalism itself.

I am not a Marxist – don’t get me wrong. I am a believer in capitalism and a conservative in the traditional (not American) sense of the word.

Perhaps Phishing for Phools is a small step towards a rediscovery of the instabilities and inequities that bedevil the capitalist system as well as a first step towards an intellectual framework that is non-Marxist yet cognizant of how unstable things really are.

I highly recommend the book. It’s fun, it’s easy-to-read, and when you really think about it… it gets you to think in a foundational way about what’s fundamentally wrong with our current economic and political system.
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Ever since Adam Smith, the central teaching of economics has been that free markets provide us with material well-being, as if by an invisible hand. In Phishing for Phools, Nobel Prize-winning economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller deliver a fundamental challenge to this insight, arguing that markets harm as well as help us. As long as there is profit to be made, sellers will systematically exploit our psychological weaknesses and our ignorance through manipulation and deception. Rather than being essentially benign and always creating the greater good, markets are inherently filled with tricks and traps and will “phish” us as “phools.”
Phishing for Phools therefore strikes a radically new direction in economics, based on the intuitive idea that markets both give and take away. Akerlof and Shiller bring this idea to life through dozens of stories that show how phishing affects everyone in almost every walk of life. We spend our money up to the limit and then worry about how to pay the next month’s bills. The financial system soars then crashes. We are attracted, more than we know, by advertising. Our political system is distorted by money. We pay too much for gym memberships, cars, houses, and credit cards. Drug companies ingeniously market pharmaceuticals that do us little good and sometimes are downright dangerous.
Phishing for Phools explores the central role of manipulation and deception in fascinating detail in each of these areas and many more. It thereby explains a paradox: why, at a time when we are better off than ever before in history, all too many of us are leading lives of quiet desperation. At the same time, the book tells stories of individuals who have stood against economic trickery—and how it can be reduced through greater knowledge, reform, and regulation.

Author : George A. Akerlof
Genre : Business & Economics
Publisher : Princeton University Press
PDFISBN_10 : 9780691173023
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Why the free-market system encourages so much trickery even as it creates so much good Ever since Adam Smith, the central teaching of economics has been that free markets provide us with material well-being, as if by an invisible hand. In Phishing for Phools, Nobel Prize–winning economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller deliver a fundamental challenge to this insight, arguing that markets harm as well as help us. As long as there is profit to be made, sellers will systematically exploit our psychological weaknesses and our ignorance through manipulation and deception. Rather than being essentially benign and always creating the greater good, markets are inherently filled with tricks and traps and will 'phish' us as 'phools.' Phishing for Phools therefore strikes a radically new direction in economics, based on the intuitive idea that markets both give and take away. Akerlof and Shiller bring this idea to life through dozens of stories that show how phishing affects everyone, in almost every walk of life. We spend our money up to the limit, and then worry about how to pay the next month's bills. The financial system soars, then crashes. We are attracted, more than we know, by advertising. Our political system is distorted by money. We pay too much for gym memberships, cars, houses, and credit cards. Drug companies ingeniously market pharmaceuticals that do us little good, and sometimes are downright dangerous. Phishing for Phools explores the central role of manipulation and deception in fascinating detail in each of these areas and many more. It thereby explains a paradox: why, at a time when we are better off than ever before in history, all too many of us are leading lives of quiet desperation. At the same time, the book tells stories of individuals who have stood against economic trickery—and how it can be reduced through greater knowledge, reform, and regulation.