Killing the Host
How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy
Year Published: 2015
Pages: 356pp Price: $12
In Killing the Host, economist Michael Hudson exposes how finance, insurance, and real estate (the FIRE sector) have seized control of the global economy at the expense of industrial capitalism and governments. The FIRE sector is responsible for todays extreme economic polarization (the 1% vs. the 99%) via favored tax status that inflates real estate prices while deflating the real economy of labor and production. Hudson shows in vivid detail how the Great 2008 Bailout saved the banks but not the economy, and plunged the U.S., Irish, Latvian and Greek economies into debt deflation and austerity. Killing the Host describes how the phenomenon of debt deflation imposes punishing austerity on the U.S. and European economies, siphoning wealth and income upward to the financial sector while impoverishing the middle class.
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