The Bubble and Beyond

Michael Hudson’s new book The Bubble & Beyond is vital for those vying to make sense of the economic quicksand global policy makers find themselves in. Buy it now in print or in digital on Kindle. He ties a thread between the big issues of our times – underwater housing, money market manipulations and lifetime debt – concerns that appear too difficult for the world’s big name economists.

Hudson does this by looking at the systemic causes of inequality, complexity and economic despair.

The book traces how industrial capitalism has turned into finance capitalism. The finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE) sector has emerged to create “balance sheet wealth” not by new tangible investment and employment, but financially in the form of debt leveraging and rent-extraction.

Decision making is clouded by an economic system that favors natural monopolies. Michael’s reading of policy implications for the geo-political future is compelling.

“There are few people alive who have taught me more than Michael Hudson. The incisive and brilliant essays in this book should really be assigned to every first-year student of economics. The fact they never will be is the ultimate testimony to the fact economics has betrayed its own most noble tradition – one that Hudson here so magnificently embodies – to become a sheer instrument of power.”

– David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years and co-organizer of Occupy Wall Street

“Michael Hudson has consistently been an eloquent, erudite, accurate analyst of the strengths and failings of modern capitalism. He is one of the prescient few who anticipated today’s never-ending economic crisis, and one of a smaller number still whose advice about how to end the crisis would actually work. His simple mantra “debts that can’t be repaid, won’t be repaid” will echo down the ages. Buy this book and acquire real wisdom, with a breadth of vision from the origins of human society till today that no one else can match – and I include myself in that judgment.”

– Steve Keen, author of Debunking Economics and editor of

“Among the contemporary voices crying in the wilderness of the world’s financial trouble, I know of none more forceful or prescient than Michael Hudson’s. He sets the crooked straight and makes the rough places plain.”

– Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly and editor emeritus of Harper’s magazine

Hudson has peppered the online community with cutting commentary of contemporary issues over recent years. This is his first full book in over 20 years.

For students of the big picture, The Bubble and Beyond provides a compelling road map into our empty wallets and onto a future rich in opportunity. Support Michael’s work.

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Table of Contents

The Bubble and Beyond:

The Road from Industrial Capitalism to Finance Capitalism and Debt Peonage

Essays on Fictitious Capital, Debt Deflation and the Global Crisis


Summary and Analytic Table of Contents

Introduction: Today’s Financial Crisis and Economic Theory

I. Fictitious Capital and Economic Fictions

1. Two Traditions of Financial Doctrine

2. The Magic of Compound Interest: Mathematics at the Root of the Crisis

3. How Ricardo’s Value Theory Ignored the Role of Debt

4. The Industrialization of Finance and the Financialization of Industry

5. The Use and Abuse of Mathematical Economics

6. The Road to Debt Deflation, Debt Peonage and Neofeudalism

II. From Inflated Debts to Debt Deflation

7. Property is Worth Whatever a Bank Will Lend Against It

8. The Real Estate Bubble at the Core of Today’s Debt-leveraged Economy

9. Junk-Bonding Industry

10. Privatizing Social Security to Rescue Wall Street

11. Saving, Asset-Price Inflation, and Debt Deflation

12. Saving our Way into Debt Peonage

III: The Global Crisis

13. Trade and Payments in a Financialized Economy

14. U.S. Quantitative Easing fractures the Global Economy

15. America’s Monetary Imperialism: Dollar Debt Reserves without Constraint

16. The Dollar Glut Finances America’s Military Build-up

17. De-dollarizing the Global Economy

18. Incorporating the Rentier Sectors into a Financial Model

IV: The Political Dimension/The Need for a Clean Slate

19. From Democracy to Oligarchy: National Economies at the Crossroads

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