Value(s): The must-read book on how to fix our politics, economics and values

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Value(s): The must-read book on how to fix our politics, economics and values

Value(s): The must-read book on how to fix our politics, economics and values

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Credible policy frameworks reduce the risk that businesses form wrong expectations about future policies and continue to invest in obsolete technologies. As long as everyone believes there will always be a Bank of England, and that it is run by enormously careful and skilled technocrats, the pound, and the economy, are safe. Carney provides tangible action plans to address the financial crisis, the global health crisis, the climate crisis and the 4th industrial revolution. I sat in the UN General Assembly hall as these words What Carney attempts in this book, is to provide a fact-based intellectual framework for reforming our institutions and building trust, transparency, and fairness and a hopeful, trusting society.

If, in addition, it was suggested he would go on to argue that stakeholder capitalism, socially motivated investing and business putting purpose before profit were the best ways to put matters right, I would have considered it a fairy story.We have allowed the concept of market value to erode our societal values and we need to change course. The boy from Canada’s Northwest Territories, still slightly incredulous at his own phenomenal career given his modest beginnings, done good. He presents a 10 point plan for governments to manage the transition which includes having clear goals to move from the old to the new economy; setting clear rules on spending and borrowing; tapering the emergency; maximizing government investments to support both short and long-term economic activities which support the new economy; concentrating new budget measures on green activities that are job heavy; using regulatory policy to establish future directions for the new economy; providing financial sector policies to drive the transition to net zero; providing a disciplined approach to developing resiliency in the economy; tracking the sustainability of current spending; and developing new institutions for how we will work tomorrow. Unlike Mariana Mazzucato who first managed to float “value” into the mainstream conversation, Carney does not focus on the “unearned” earnings and extractions of financialised rentier capitalism. The key values shown across the crises are: solidarity, fairness, dynamism, sustainability, responsibility, resilience, humility.

He argues that this process of tending to define social welfare in terms of market value has led to three crises of values which he discusses in Part Two.

This book asks why it is that the things we value most - from the environment to frontline workers to keeping children well fed and educated - are so often neglected by the market. On the positive side of the 4IR Carney suggests that there will be more jobs requiring EIQ, originality and social skills; more jobs caring for an aging population; new forms of bespoke mass creativity (Customized 3D Printing?

And although he doesn’t go there, they are constantly fighting today’s battles with yesterday’s new tools, designed for the last crisis, which was completely different.These sentiments are revealed in a recent article in the Atlantic by Daniel Markovits entitled ‘How College Became a Ruthless Competition Divorced From Learning’. Despite knowing and working with the who’s who of finance, Carney is not about to criticize anyone else. It must hold its value and be part of a financial system that maintains confidence by being resilient to shocks.

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