Robert Eller commented on the post Flawed, Ignorant and Dangerous: A Bain Capital Partner’s Worldview on the Future of Finance blog last week that Edward Conard's book "'Unitended Consequences' may turn out to be the most unintended act of patriotism of the" for the conversations it sparks and lines it draws in the sand on issues of inequality. This has surely proven true on our site this week. Over the week, the blog post John Fullerton wrote on the book has opened up a number of interesting conversations in the comments section.
“At base, having a small elite with vast wealth is good for the poor and the middle class.”
This is how Adam Davidson’s piece in the New York Times Magazine summarized the frustrated former Bain Capital partner Edward Conard’s world view, as expressed in his forthcoming book, Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy is Wrong.
Richard Heinberg’s latest book, The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, argues for a new economic paradigm. He presents a clear, thorough, and convincing argument that our faith in unrelenting growth and unfettered capitalism has led to the demise of our global economic system. The book is well-cited throughout, encouraging curious readers to dig deeper into the source material that helped shape Heinberg’s case. (He acknowledges in particular our own Capital Institute Founder, John Fullerton, who provided background for the book from his perspective as a former managing director at JP Morgan on how Wall Street has evolved over the past quarter century.)
It is unfortunate that Heinberg’s terms seem harsh, but as a young person who is already concerned with limits to growth, he clarifies that the time is now for an era of qualitative development rather than quantitative growth. The End of Growth appropriately invokes fear and a sense of irreversible urgency but it is all in the cause of productive change towards a more buoyant and adaptable economy.
Speculators may do no harm as bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise. But the situation is serious when enterprise becomes the bubble on a whirlpool of speculation.
- John Maynard Keynes, Speculator and Economist
On April 15, I made a statement at the Press Club in Washington, DC.,