The Courageous State by Richard Murphy

8 Dec

What is The Courageous State?

The Courageous State is a new book published in November 2011 by the economics and tax blogger, Richard Murphy. Amongst other things, Richard has done much of the work on the tax gap for the TUC, PCS and other unions including Unite Scotland on Corporation Tax.

What does The Courageous State say?

Three things. First it argues that neoliberal economics, of the sort we’ve suffered for thirty years, has given us cowardly politicians who think anything they do will be worse than the market outcome, so they do nothing. Richard argues we need a strong mixed economy with proactive government leadership of the public services instead.

Second, Richard doesn’t just reject neoliberalism, he offers whole raft of new economic thinking that shows why it’s wrong and then explains the theory of how it could be put right.

And thirdly, because theory is useless if it cannot be put into practice, Richard proposes a whole new range of economic policy proposals that Courageous politicians could adopt to get us out of the neoliberal mess we’re in. There are six chapters devoted to that practical stuff. That’s stuff like defending the NHS and freeing it from the market, delivering the investment needed to create jobs, ensuring we have the education we need, funding real care for the elderly and ensuring we have decent homes for real people to live in.

Why buy it now?

 Because everyone says that we’re living with the problem of there being no alternative ideas to counter neoliberalism – and now there are lots of them and The Courageous State is part of the answer.

For more information visit Richard’s site here on the book and on wider Tax Justice issues.


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