Summary of The Death of Homo Economicus

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Peter Fleming, professor and author of The Mythology of Work, offers a sharp, articulate and authoritative critique of neoliberal economics. His tone occasionally veers into that of an angry blogger – with a few surprising expletives to match. But Fleming’s insights and startling connections lift this potential polemic to a more worthy, enduring level. His take on the “human capital theory” is fresh and compelling, as are his perceptions about the growing trends of Uberization and “quit lit.” Cynical, angry, frustrated and armed with a ton of references, Fleming convincingly smites the orthodoxy. you’ll cheer the way he points out the problems with current economic theories and their – according to Fleming – destructive applications. Although those who disagree will gain considerable information, they are likely to decry a lack of comprehensive alternatives and solutions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why professor Peter Fleming says neoliberal economics is destructively dysfunctional;
  • How the “human capital theory” influences public values; and
  • Why people should recognize that money is only the means, not the end, toward a sound society and a worthy life.
 

About the Author

Peter Fleming is a professor of business and society at Cass Business School at City, University London. He writes for The Guardian and is the author of The Mythology of Work.

 

Summary

Neoliberal Economics

Even after the capitalist excess, unchecked greed and free market hubris that exploded into view in 2008, the conventional wisdom of neoliberal economics remains relatively intact. The financial crisis and economic depression of the 1930s decimated the wealth of the ruling classes. In response, the government reformed much of the financial system. But in contrast, the wealthy have only gotten richer in the years since 2008. The speculative habits of the financial sector are largely unchanged. Meanwhile, the left’s arguments about policy and reform seem weak and unfocused. This enables their opponents to pigeonhole them as living in the past.


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