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The Intelligent Man's Guide Through World Chaos (Paperback) Loot Price: R423
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The Intelligent Man's Guide Through World Chaos (Paperback): G.D.H. Cole
The Intelligent Man's Guide Through World Chaos (Paperback): G.D.H. Cole

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The Intelligent Man's Guide Through World Chaos (Paperback)

G.D.H. Cole

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PREFACE THIS BOOK is an attempt, within the compass of a single volume, to give the intelligent and open-minded citizen, who wants to understand how the world has got into its present plight but possesses no special economic training, the means of unravelling in his own mind the tangle of world economic affairs. It does not profess or attempt to be a systematic treatise on Economics, or Economic History, or Money and Banking, or any other of the problems which it sets out to discuss. Anyone who wants a formal and academic treatment of these questions must go elsewhere and he will readily find plenty of text-books to give him such help as text-books are designed to give. But the trouble about text books is that they are mostly written to help students to get up a subject, and not to enable ordinary men and women to arrive at a better knowledge of the workaday world. If my book were to be regarded as a book on Eco nomics, written for students of thcit depressing subject, it would have to be condemned for a thousand faults of omis sion, disproportion, wrong emphasis, and at some points over-simplification of complicated questions. For ft seems sometimes as if the object of the theoretical economists were to make their subject as difficult as possible in order to frighten off the amateurs. As I am not wilting for economic students, but for all in telligent people who can be persuaded to read my book, I have tried throughout to be as simple as possible, and have left out j J abstruse and difficult discussions that are not ab solutely vital to an understanding of immediate problems. I have been able to do this the more easily, because I be lieve that the understanding of present-day economicproblems is not really so hard a matter as it is often made out to be. Even the money problem, which frightens off so many potential enquirers, is in fact largely a matter of plain commonsense and most of it can be understood by D PREFACE anyone who is prepared to take a little trouble, if only it is presented without jargon, and with as few technical terms as possible. It may be difficult enough to decide what ought to be done bout money but there is no real reason why this vital pi blem should not be intelligently discussed by ordinary people. Indeed, at the present day it is of the first importance that this and similar problems of national and world economic policy should be intelligently discussed. For the only alternative is that they will be discussed without intel ligence. They cannot be avoided, or left to the experts as matters too technical for the intelligent voter to trouble his head about. In Great Britain, the General Election of 1931, turned largely on such economic issues as tlfe balance ol trade, the dangers of inflation, the effects of going off the gold standard, and the case for and against tariffs. Everyone had to have views about these questions or to ict as if he had views about them. Similarly, in the United States to-day Congress is busy balancing or failing to balance the Budget, passing laws for the reform of bank ing and the raising of the price-level, and trying to find someone or something to blame for Americas economic prostration. The German and French elections have both turned mainly on economic issues and in every country, great or small, the world slump has forced these questions into the forefront of political controversy...


Imprint: Read Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 2007
First published: March 2007
Authors: G.D.H. Cole
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 37mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 672
ISBN-13: 978-1-4067-1583-5
Barcode: 9781406715835
Categories: Promotions
Books > Humanities > History
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Books > History > General
LSN: 1-4067-1583-2

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