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Description - The Expendables: How the middle class got screwed by globalisation by Jeff Rubin

A provocative, far-reaching account of how the middle class got stuck with the bill for globalisation, and how, even before the coronavirus, the blowback - from Brexit to Trump to populist Europe - was going to change the developed world.

Real wages have not risen much for decades. Union membership has collapsed. Full-time employment is beginning to look like a quaint idea from the distant past. Falling tariffs, low interest rates, global deregulation, and tax policies that benefit the rich have all had the same effect- the erosion of the middle class.

Bestselling author Jeff Rubin argues that all this was foreseeable back when major Western countries started to believe their own propaganda about free trade, and especially when they allowed China to exploit weaknesses in the trading system they devised.

The result, growing global inequality, is a problem of our own making. And solving it won't be easy if we draw on the same ideas about capital and labour, right and left, that led us to this cliff. Articulating a vision that, remarkably, dovetails with the ideas of both Naomi Klein and Donald Trump, The Expendables is an exhilaratingly fresh perspective that is at once humane and irascible, fearless and rigorous, and, most importantly, timely.

' A snappily written work.'
-Fiona Capp , The Age

' Rubin leverages his firm grasp of geopolitics and economics to offer not only a primer on macroeconomics, but also on how globalisation - that is, the process of opening up international markets - has routed the middle class and propped up the elite.'
-Winnipeg Free Press

'The latest from the author of Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller continues his disruptive ways in this analysis of how the collapse of union membership and the near obsolescence of full-time employment is squeezing out the middle class ... Rubin is a fiercely independent thinker.'
-NOW

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781922310217
Format: Paperback / softback
(232mm x 154mm x 26mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Scribe Publications
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2020
Country of Publication: Australia

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