- Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin (26. Januar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0141042419
- ISBN-13: 978-0141042411
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How The West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly - And the Stark Choices Ahead (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Januar 2012
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From the author of "Dead Aid", Dambisa Moyo's "How the West was Lost" explores how the 'first world' has its wasted inheritance with flawed economic policy - and what can be done to reverse the decline. We think we know what's coming. But is it already too late? "How the West Was Lost" is a wake-up call for all of us. Dambisa Moyo argues that during the last fifty years the most advanced countries on earth have squandered their advantage through fatally flawed policies: obsessing over property, ravenously consuming and building up debt instead of investing. Here Moyo outlines solutions that could help stem the tide. By rethinking many of the things we take for granted, she shows, it may yet be possible for the West to get back into the race. "An outspoken iconoclast...Moyo shows well how fundamental economic liberalisation espoused by what she calls the profligate, greedy, self-interested West has come back to bite it". ("Guardian"). "Succinct and sophisticated...I applaud her brave alarum against our economic and social complacency". ("Observer"). "A well-reasoned look at how the world's most-advanced nations are squandering their economic lead ...a prescription for stopping the rot". ("Bloomberg"). "Clear and brazen...This argument has rarely have been made more concisely". ("The Times"). "An economist who makes waves". ("Sunday Telegraph"). Dambisa Moyo worked at Goldman Sachs for eight years, having previously worked for the World Bank as a consultant. Moyo completed a PhD in Economics at Oxford University, and holds a Masters from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Her other books include "Winner Take All" and "How the West was Lost". She was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia.
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Moyo clearly and succinctly describes the folly of short term vision by politicians which will be the downfall of western economic domination. Nikita Krushchev, when he visited the U.S. in 1959, said "We will bury you". He was misinterpreted as saying this literally, what he meant was that the Soviet technological effort would smother the U.S. As history proved, he was wrong but China will most likely fulfill the prophesy.
This book should be required reading for every western politician, bureaucrat and university president.
At times,this work can be somewhat frightening, but like any worthwhile explanations, it makes the reader think and relate to what he or she sees occurring in the world today, regardless of the reader's world-view.
Economics is probably one of the more boring subjects for the average person; Moyo's work makes it interesting and relevant. So read this book, and take from it the essence of what Dr. Moyo writes. And read it before you read Winner Take All.
That's why it's so refreshing to read something by someone who is not only well educated in the field but also emotionally removed from U.S. politics that she can view the situation in an unbiased way. One thing that I especially appreciate about this book is that while the author laments short-sighted policies and the plight of western nations, she goes a step beyond and prescribes practical strategies and policies that could be adopted that would be effective in reversing the damage.
Moyo identifies three essential elements to economic growth and explains how western countries have weakened each element. With respect to capital, the U.S. has gone from the world's largest creditor nation to the world's largest debtor nation in just a few decades. Sometimes acquiring debt can be good of the money is invested in income producing capital. However, western countries have borrowed trillions from abroad and spent little on investment but much in consumer goods and non-income producing capital such as homes.
With respect to labor force, students in western countries once tested the highest in the world but over the past few decades have been falling behind Asian countries and other developing nations. With respect to R&D, the U.S. has let other nations share in much of their technology at no charge thereby eviscerating the return on investment.
Moyo then goes on to prescribe suggest policies that could be used to address each of the three elements. Many of her suggestions are practical and effective. Some are not very practical, like, for instance, a debt default.
As an American, it is frightening to read this book, not because the current economic situation that we face is so dire or unrecoverable, but because our leaders are naïvely pursuing the very policies that put us in this position. Sadly our leaders probably won't pay much attention to this book but instead will pay rapt attention to the loud-mouthed pop-pseudo economists of the airwaves.
Some of the reviews mention minor factual errors in the book. Some whined about whether Fiat bought General Motors. Another moaned about undue criticism of British PM. I can nit pick too. I can nit pick like Lionel Richie, all night long. But a minor error shouldn't take away from the overall premise of the book which is sound and quite alarming.