Instead of fulfilling its proper role of providing finance for investment in the real economy, creating jobs and enabling people to take responsibility for their own well-being, today's global financial system deliberately undermines the real economy.
The principal beneficiaries are a tiny global elite who control virtually all economic resources, especially land, at the expense of millions of people who are denied fair access to economic resources and the opportunity to escape poverty. The problems of rich and poor countries alike have a common cause and a common solution, but it is a solution that requires radical revision of the underlying assumptions of mainstream economics.
Mark Braund will lead this study circle and he is is the author of The Possibility of Progress (2005) and The Blueprint (2013). He is co-author, with Ross Ashcroft, of Four Horsemen: The Survival Manual (2012). He has written for The Guardian and The Times Literary Supplement among other publications.
Outside writing, his career has taken in the private, public and voluntary sectors. In the 1990s he spent three years in Mozambique setting up IT Systems in The Ministry of Health. He currently runs a small business in south-east London.
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