The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the by Yanis Varoufakis

By Yanis Varoufakis

Contributor note: ahead by means of Paul Mason
In this striking and provocative booklet, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis explodes the parable that financialisation, ineffectual legislation of banks, greed and globalisation have been the foundation explanations of either the Eurozone challenge and the worldwide monetary predicament. fairly, they're signs of a miles deeper malaise that are traced all of the as far back as the nice Crash of 1929, then on via to the Nineteen Seventies: the time while a world Minotaur was once born. Today's deepening quandary in Europe is only one of the inevitable signs of the weakening Minotaur; of an international method that is now as unsustainable because it is imbalanced. Going past this, Varoufakis unearths how we'd reintroduce a modicum of cause into what has develop into a perniciously irrational financial order. a vital account of the socio-economic occasions and hidden histories that experience formed the realm as we now comprehend it.

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110). , p. 60). Even more 17 18 Ryotaro Shiba and the Call for Meiji Values concerned about Japan’s bleak prospects in this new economic atmosphere, Shiba called for the restoration of Meiji values to deal with the myriad problems facing his country in a globalizing world. It is significant to note that a number of incumbent politicians, along with prominent cultural and economic leaders, expressed their profound regret at Shiba’s untimely death, and shared his concern for Japan’s future prospects.

Shiba did not think that politicians of the time did so on purpose, but believed that they ‘simply had mistakenly pressed a wrong button in the process of capitalist evolution in Japan’ (Shiba, 1994a, p. 101). In more specific terms, he explained the reasons for the anomalous land situation in Japan: ‘In the Japanese case, curiously the land is not immovable property (fudosan) but movable property (dosan). To borrow money from the banks, the most desirable pledge for them was land (a curious custom indeed), and the landowner might, depending on circumstances, use this cash as working funds to purchase another piece of land.

Civilization’ (bunmei) is ‘an ambiguous term, designating a value system; or to emphasize the point, it is a set of standards which all people like to cross their national border to share’. Civilization ought to be something that everyone can share, and in sharing, feel its universal values (fuhen-teki kachi) and obtain a sense of comfort (benrisa) and security (heiwa). The rules of a civilization should be simple; to take as an example the world of aviation, at take-off and landing, one has to fasten one’s seat belt.

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