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William Davies: Capitalism Decarbonised, 4 April 2024

The Price is Wrong: Why Capitalism Won’t Save the Planet 
by Brett Christophers.
Verso, 398 pp., £22, February, 978 1 80429 230 3
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... another ‘sector’ among many, selling their wares in a marketplace like humble shopkeepers. Brett Christophers, in The Price Is Wrong, adds to this list a potentially more drastic symptom: a failure on the part of policymakers to understand the energy transition on which the future of the planet hinges. The operating assumption of energy economists ...

Why did we not know?

Ian Jack: Who is hoarding the land?, 23 May 2019

The New Enclosure: The Appropriation of Public Land in Neoliberal Britain 
by Brett Christophers.
Verso, 394 pp., £20, November 2018, 978 1 78663 158 9
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... indirectly by us, we had never been consulted. In other words, our attitudes were typical of what Brett Christophers identifies as the ‘lack of engagement, recognition and attention’ that has characterised popular attitudes to the sale of public land. By Christophers’s calculation, the transfer of land from state ...

Woke Capital

Laleh Khalili, 7 September 2023

The Key Man: How the Global Elite Was Duped by a Capitalist Fairy Tale 
by Simon Clark and Will Louch.
Penguin, 342 pp., £10.99, February, 978 0 241 98894 7
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Icarus: The Life and Death of the Abraaj Group 
by Brian Brivati.
Biteback, 349 pp., £9.99, January 2022, 978 1 78590 733 3
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Our Lives in Their Portfolios: Why Asset Managers Own the World 
by Brett Christophers.
Verso, 310 pp., £20, April, 978 1 83976 898 9
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... agencies, even though they involve risk being passed to the public while profits are privatised. Brett Christophers’s Our Lives in Their Portfolios analyses the mechanisms through which private equity firms and asset managers have devoured the public infrastructure on which our lives depend, in service of private profit.In June​ 2009, President ...

Bloody Furious

William Davies: ‘Generation Left’, 20 February 2020

Generation Left 
by Keir Milburn.
Polity, 140 pp., £9.99, May 2019, 978 1 5095 3224 7
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... children and grandchildren via gifts and inheritance, thus reproducing inequality. The geographer Brett Christophers has argued that beneath the veneer of intergenerational conflict lies a familiar pattern of class conflict, deepened by the more ruthless form of capitalism that emerged at the end of the 1970s. Capital now extracts a much higher ...

Pain, No Gain

William Davies: Inflation Fixation, 13 July 2023

... fiddle), and with a far greater sense of urgency. Political economists including Daniela Gabor and Brett Christophers have questioned whether this project of ‘de-risking’ green investment, by pumping vast public subsidies into privately owned ventures, is really ‘post-neoliberal’ at all. Fund managers are being offered a huge fiscal carrot, and ...

The Seductions of Declinism

William Davies: Stagnation Nation, 4 August 2022

... painted by Stagnation Nation is familiar from the work of many political economists, such as Brett Christophers and Jodi Dean, who have tracked the drift of contemporary capitalism towards ‘rentierism’ and even ‘neo-feudalism’. What these terms suggest is that economies like Britain’s have effectively abandoned the pursuit of prosperity ...


Iain Sinclair: The Plutocrat Tour, 7 July 2022

... When irritated, the wealthy threaten to leave the city. In response, Knowles quotes the economist Brett Christophers, who points out that the real money left long ago for ‘its offshore boltholes’. The super-rich are already on the high seas, navigating between safe harbours where their mega-yachts will not be impounded. The General Theory of ...

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