Book Launch: An Economy is Not a Society, Sydney

13 August 2015

There’s still a hunger out there for great ideas and great stories! We had a great turnout to the launch of Dennis Glover’s book, An Economy is Not a Society, on Thursday 13 August at The Workers Bar at Balmain.

Annabel Crabb congratulated Dennis on the book, pointing out that it’s great to see someone of his intellectual calibre take on this important topic from such a personal human point of view.

Anthony Albanese spoke about rising inequality and the need for politicians to fight the good fight.
And Dennis reminded us that we can make moral choices in economics – what kind of society and economy do we want to create and who do we want to benefit…?
Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a great night.  We hope you enjoy reading the book.

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An Economy is Not a Society: Winners and Losers in the New Australia In modern Australia, productivity is all that matters, our leaders tell us. Economic growth above all else. But is this really what we, the people, want? Does it make our lives and our communities better?

If the high priests of economics wish to take credit for the growth in Australia’s economy over the last three decades, they must also wear the blame for the social destruction that has accompanied it – the devastation of once prosperous industrial centres and the suburbs they sustained, as factories closed and workers were forced to abandon their trades. The social costs of this “economic modernisation” have been immense, but today are virtually ignored.The fracturing of communities continues apace.

An Economy Is Not a Society is a passionate and personal accuse against the people whose abandonment of moral policy-making has ripped the guts out of Australia’s old industrial communities, robbed the country of productive capacity, reversed our national ethos of egalitarianism and broken the sense of common purpose that once existed between rulers and ruled.

Dennis Glover argues that those in power – on both the Right and the Left – must abandon the idea that a better society is purely about offering individuals more dollars in their pockets. What we desperately need is a conversation about the lives, jobs and communities we want for ourselves and our families. Only in this way can our broken political system begin to be repaired.