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Book Group: Current Books

  • 09/18/2017 - 2:00pm

    Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

    From the former economics columnist for Harper’s and The New York Times (Jeff Madrick), a bold indictment of some of our most accepted mainstream economic theories—why they’re wrong, and how they’ve been harming America and the world.

    Ideas have the power to change history. But what happens when they are bad? In a tour de force of economics, history, and analysis, Jeff Madrick shows how theories on austerity, inflation, and efficient markets have become unassailable mantras over recent years, to the detriment of the country as a whole. Working backwards from the Great Recession, Madrick pulls no punches as he reconsiders seven of the greatest false idols of modern economic theory, from Say’s Law to Milton Friedman, illustrating how these ideas have been damaging markets, infrastructure, and individual livelihoods for years. Trenchant, sweeping, and empirical, Seven Bad Ideas resoundingly disrupts the status quo of modern economic theory.

Book Group Information

The Jefferson Center Book Group meets on the third MONDAY of the month, 2-4 pm, at The Jefferson Center, in the Old Ashland Armory at 208 Oak Street, suite 101. All are welcome. Join us if you love to read and discuss books! We are group #17 at Bloomsbury’s if you choose to get your books there. Note that we have switched our meeting date to Monday beginning October 20, 2014.

The Jefferson Center Library
A small collection of writings on religion and non-religion, philosophy, history and science is housed at the Jeff Center . When you visit for an event, have a look. Books and re-prints can be checked out by members of the Jeff Center using the checkout sheet. If you have a book you’d like to contribute to our library, bring it in.