“Economics is like a tyre lever: it can be used to solve a problem, or to beat someone over the head” — Richard Denniss
Join us 6pm Wednesday 24th February, for a great evening at Politics in the Pub where The Australia Institute’s Chief Economist, Richard Denniss will be launching his new book Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense.
Richard Denniss: Econobabble Book Launch
6pm Wednesday 24th February
UniPub, 17 London Circuit Civic (opposite The Cupping Room)
What is econobabble? We hear it every day, when public figures and commentators use incomprehensible economic jargon to dress up their self-interest as the national interest, to make the absurd seem inevitable or the inequitable seem fair. This book is designed to expose the stupid arguments, bizarre contradictions and complete lack of evidence upon which much ‘common sense’ about the economy rests in Australia.
Econobabble is for those who, deep down, have never believed that it makes sense, economic or otherwise, to help poor people by slashing public spending on the services they need. It’s for those who have a sneaking suspicion that it would be cheaper to avoid the effects of climate change than to let them happen and then ‘adapt’. And it’s for those who think it would be more efficient to reduce unemployment than to ship jobs offshore or blame those who are out of work.
Econobabble by Richard Denniss is published by Redback Quarterly and available at all good booksellers.