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How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense

Richard Denniss



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Black Inc
04 May 2021
A fully updated and expanded edition of Richard Denniss's clear, witty guide to understanding political jargon about the economy.

'Economics is like a tyre lever- it can be used to solve a problem, or to beat someone over the head.' What is econobabble? We hear it every day, when politicians 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 exposes 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 pitting public health and aged care against the economy is a false dilemma, one that's short-sighted, callous and potentially dangerous.

In this new edition, Richard Denniss demolishes the tired and misleading arguments of right-wing economic 'experts' with humour and precision, empowering you to cut through the babble and reach the truth.
By:   Richard Denniss
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   234g
ISBN:   9781760643225
ISBN 10:   176064322X
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   04 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Denniss is the author of Econobabble, Curing Affluenza and Dead Right, and the co-author of Affluenza. He is chief economist at the Australia Institute. He writes for The Monthly, The Guardian, The Canberra Times and the Australian Financial Review.

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