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The author of the book: Yanis Varoufakis
Date of issue: August 25th 2014
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Language: English
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Edition: Osuuskunta Vastapaino

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Minotauros on taloustieteilijä Yanis Varoufakisin metafora Yhdysvaltojen rahoitussektorille, joka 1970-luvulta lähtien piti maailmantalouden liikkeessä. Se houkutteli ulkomaisten sijoittajien varoja, pumppasi lainarahaa yhdysvaltalaiskuluttajien taskuihin ja loi siten kysyntää muun maailman tuottamille hyödykkeille. Varoufakis murskaa vallitsevan käsityksen, että nykyinen talouskurimus johtuisi pelkästään arvopaperimarkkinoista, pankkisääntelyn puutteista tai ahneudesta. Kriisi johtuu Varoufakisin mukaan siitä, että Wall Streetin pyörittämä maailman ylijäämätuotannon ja pääomien kierrätysjärjestelmä on joutunut epäkuntoon. Järjestelmä vaikuttaa yhä valtioiden ja keskuspankkien talouspolitiikkaan, eikä kriisiä saada siksi taltutettua.

Kirja on yleistajuinen ja mukaansatempaava kertomus kapitalistisen talousjärjestelmän synnystä sekä Yhdysvaltojen noususta maailmanvallaksi, joka pani alulle jopa Euroopan unionin. Varoufakis esittää myös, kuinka estää koko maailman ja erityisesti Euroopan taloutta ajautumasta yhä hallitsemattomampaan tilaan. Siksi teos on tärkeää luettavaa myös talouspolitiikan päättäjille ja tutkijoille.

Yanis Varoufakis on kreikkalaissyntyinen, nykyisin Yhdysvalloissa vaikuttava taloustieteen professori.

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Let me begin with a confession: I am a Professor of Economics who has never really trained as an economist. While I may have a PhD in Economics, I do not believe I have ever attended more than a few lectures on economics! But let's take things one at a time.

I was born in Athens back in the mists of 1961. Greece was, at the time, struggling to shed the post-civil war veil of totalitarianism. Alas, those hopes were dashed after a brief period of hope and promise. So, by the time I was six, in April of 1967, a military coup d' etat plunged us all into the depths of a hideous neo-Nazi dictatorship. Those bleak days remain with me. They endowed me with a sense of what it means to be both unfree and, at once, convinced that the possibilities for progress and improvement are endless. The dictatorship collapsed when I was at junior high school. This meant that the enthusiasm and political renaissance that followed the junta's collapse coincided with my coming of age. It was to prove a significant factor in the way that I resisted conversion to the ways of anglosaxon cynicism in the years to come.

When the time came to decide on my post-secondary education, around 1976, the prospect of another dictatorship haδ not been erased. Given that students were the first and foremost targets of the military and paramilitary forces, my parents determined that it was too risky for me to stay on in Greece and attend University there. So, off I went, in 1978, to study in Britain. My initial urge was to study physics but I soon came to the conclusion that the lingua franca of political discourse was economics. Thus, I enrolled at the University of Essex to study the dismal science. However, within weeks of lectures I was aghast at the content of my textbooks and the inane musings of my lecturers. Quite clearly economics was only interested in putting together simplistic mathematical models. Worse still, the mathematics utilised were third rate and, consequently, the economic thinking that emanated from it was atrocious. In short shrift I changed my enrolment from the economics to the mathematics school, thinking that if I am going to be reading maths I might as well read proper maths. After graduating from Essex, I moved to the University of Birmingham where I read toward an MSc in Mathematical Statistics. By that stage I was convinced that my escape from economics had been clean and irreversible. How deluded that conviction was! When looking for a thesis topic, I stumbled upon a piece of econometrics (a statistical test of some economic model of industrial disputes) that angered me so much with its methodological sloppiness that I set out to demolish it. That was the trap and I fell right into it. From that moment onwards, a series of anti-economic treatises followed, a Phd in... Economics and, naturally, a career in exclusively Economics Departments, in every one of which I enjoyed debunking that which my colleagues considered to be legitimate 'science'.

Between 1982 and 1988 I taught at the University of Essex, the University of East Anglia and the University of Cambridge. My break from Britain occurred in 1987 on the night of Mrs Thatcher's third election victory. It was too much to bear. Soon I started planning my escape. But where to? Continental Europe was closed to non-native academics, at that time, and Greece awaited with open arms - to enlist me into its conscript army. No, thanks, I thought to myself. Even Thatcherism is preferrable. My break came shortly after when, out of the blue, I was invited to take up a lectureship at the University of Sydney. And so the die was cast. From 1988 to 2000 I lived and worked in Sydney, with short stints at the University of Glasgow (and an even shorter one at the Université Catholique de Louvain). In 2000 a combination of nostalgia and abhorrence of the concervative turn of the land down under (under the government of that awful little man, John Howard) led me to return to G

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