Gerald Epstein at Harvard Book Store
Busting the Bankers' Club:
Finance for the Rest of Us
in conversation with JULIET SCHOR
February 29, 2024
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes GERALD EPSTEIN—Professor of Economics and a Founding Codirector of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst—for a discussion of his new book Busting the Bankers' Club: Finance for the Rest of Us. He will be joined in conversation by JULIET SCHOR—sociologist and economist at Boston College and author of The Overworked American.
About Busting the Bankers' Club
Bankers brought the global economic system to its knees in 2007 and nearly did the same in 2020. Both times, the US government bailed out the banks and left them in control. How can we end this cycle of trillion-dollar bailouts and make finance work for the rest of us? Busting the Bankers' Club confronts the powerful people and institutions that benefit from our broken financial system—and the struggle to create an alternative.
Drawing from decades of research on the history, economics, and politics of banking, economist Gerald Epstein shows that any meaningful reform will require breaking up this club of politicians, economists, lawyers, and CEOs who sustain the status quo. Thankfully, there are thousands of activists, experts, and public officials who are working to do just that. Clear-eyed and hopeful, Busting the Bankers' Club centers the individuals and groups fighting for a financial system that will better serve the needs of the marginalized and support important transitions to a greener, fairer economy.
Praise for Busting the Bankers' Club
"Gerald Epstein has done something that has needed doing since 2008—he has written a book that explains our complex, captured financial system to the lay reader. In simple, clear prose, he outlines why we are still fighting financial fires, and what we can do to bridge the Wall Street-Main Street divide. A wonderful way to understand how finance became the tail that wags the dog of our economy. " —Rana Foroohar, Associate Editor, Financial Times
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