The bestselling author reveals how the U.S. financial sector has hijacked our economy and put Americaas global future at risk
In "American Theocracy," Kevin Phillips warned us of the perilous interaction of debt, financial recklessness, and the increasing cost of scarce oil. The current housing and mortgage debacle is proof once more of Phillipsas prescience, and only the first harbinger of a national crisis. In Bad Money, Phillips describes the consequences of our misguided economic policies, our mounting debt, our collapsing housing market, our threatened oil, and the end of American domination of world markets. Americaas current challenges (and failures) run striking parallels to the decline of previous leading world economic powersaespecially the Dutch and British. Global overreach, worn-out politics, excessive debt, and exhausted energy regimes are all chilling signals that the United States is crumbling as the world superpower.
aBad moneya refers to a new phenomenon in wayward megafinanceathe emergence of a U.S. economy that is globally dependent and dominated by hubris-driven financial services. Also abada are the risk miscalculations and strategic abuses of new multitrillion-dollar products such as asset-backed securities and the lure of buccaneering vehicles like hedge funds. Finally, the U.S. dollar has been turned into bad money as it has weakened and become vulnerable to the worldas other currencies. In all these ways, abada finance has failed the American people and pointed U.S. capitalism toward a global crisis. "Bad Money" is the perfect follow- up to Phillipsas last book, whose dire warnings are now proving frighteningly accurate.