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    Welcome to The Gods That Failed blog.

    Our new book was published on 5 June by The Bodley Head, and we've set this up to give ourselves, and the public, the chance to learn about and discuss the economic crisis that we're currently all facing.

    It's high time people realised how and why we've reached the state we're now in. The Gods that Failed argues that we need a new system: instead of an increasingly risk-prone, privatised, profit-driven economic model overseen by a largely unaccountable and speculation-obsessed elite, we need an economy that is run and regulated in the interests of ordinary people.

    Larry: addressing inequality will benefit us all

    Posted by Editors on June 23, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Citing a recent report from the Commission on Growth and Development, and a new book by Oxfam’s head of research Duncan Green, Larry argues in today’s Guardian that the key to development and prosperity is an effective state, accountable to its people, which seeks to address inequality. If the ethical arguments don’t sway you, the practical ones should:

    ‘The lesson of the past few decades is that those countries which have ensured health and education for all, and which have actively managed the growth process – nations such as South Korea, Mauritius and Botswana – have succeeded whereas those which have seen the strength of the state sapped have struggled. The old Washington consensus notion that a ‘rising tide lifts all boats’ is no longer fashionable, even in Washington.’

    In the words of the Commission on Growth and Development report:

    ‘Governments should seek to contain this inequality at the bottom and top end of the income spectrum. Otherwise, the economy’s progress may be jeopardised by divisive politics, protest, and even violent conflict. If the ethical case does not persuade, the pragmatic one should.’

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