Among the many analyses of the Global Financial Crisis, Joseph Stiglitz’s Freefall is one of the most outstanding. It traces how the crisis occurred, despite urgent warnings from himself and others (including Nouriel Roubini, George Soros and Robert Shiller), and gives a stinging indictment of the ideology behind the free-market policies that impelled the economic […]
Reviewed by Dr Bruce Duncan CSsR This is an important book about how Catholic Social Teaching could or should adapt to the vastly different cultural and social situations in diverse parts of the world. Though not entirely new, the current processes ofglobalisation have pressed this adaptation urgently. While the book focuses on Catholic social thought, […]
With no hint of regret or apology, former Prime Minister John Howard has defended his decision to join the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In John Howard: Lazarus Rising (2010), Howard argues that the US Administration believed Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction that he could supply to terrorists. In other words, the decision was […]
by Jeffrey Sachs UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, appointed Sachs to coordinate the very large group of economists working to develop and detail the Millennium Development Goals. Despite the problems with climate change, Sachs argues that the world can still make unprecedented progress in eliminating hunger and the most acute poverty. Click here to read […]
by leading economists Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes (2008). An astonishing account of the financial consequences of the Iraq War. It raises disturbing questions about political accountability. Review by B. Duncan. Click here to read the full review.
by Muhammad Yunus, founder of the fabulously successful Grameen Bank , explains how its principles can transform capitalism. Review by B. Please click here to read the full review.
Barack Obama details his vision for renewed social policies in the United States, based more firmly on his aspirations for social justice and the common good, rather than placating powerful special interest groups. In his 2006 book, Audacity of Hope, he reveals how much his views overlap with Christian social thinking. Review by Bruce Duncan. […]