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Fixing the Root Bug: The Simple Hack for a Growth-Independent, Fair and Sustainable Market Economy 2.0 by [Parkkinen, Tuure]
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About the Author

Tuure Parkkinen is an economy hacker, a philosophical economic engineer who likes asking relevant questions.

He is also fascinated by language and how it dominates our thinking. Our mental frames determine the world in which we live.

Parkkinen has developed the Root Bug hypothesis, which provides fresh perspectives and solutions to the problems with our current version of the market economy. Essentially, it delivers a fair, sustainable and growth-independent economic system, which allows just as much growth as people really want.

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  • File Size: 12634 KB
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  • Publisher: Reparodigm Publishing; 1.3 edition (September 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NBTYKN0
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First things first: this book is huge. I read it on my iPhone over the course of several months, so I can't say exactly how many "pages" it is... but its big. And not without reason. This guy has done his homework. Parkinen cites authors from econoists from Mises to Marx, and everyone in between, in a fashion that strongly suggests he knows what he's talking about.

The book is an extensive analysys of one basic question: why is it that employers more often reduce labor costs by eliminating entire positions, rather than reducing the workloads of all employees while retaining them? Why do they so often expand by piling more work onto their existing employees (often overloading them in the process) rather than hiring new people? Is this preference to pile as much work on as few as possible either desirable or necessary? The conclusion: it is not desirable, it is not necessary, and he proposes policy changes be made to make it, so far as possible, more profitable to spread the work around rather than piling it onto a few.

Also of great importance is his analysis of the question of how and why the wealth gap keeps expanding, and how this ties into the business cycle, the almost regular cycle of prosperity and recession. His policy suggestion is something that, at the beginning of the book I considered utter madness, but that by the end, I understood, and believed. I leave it to the reader to discover this.

The book need not be read all in one go. I did it this way for the sake of this review, but for less intense readers, I recommend first visiting Section 6.4: Appendix 4: Reading Guides. Pick a category that seems to fit and read the suggested sections.

As to the Kindle version, I have both praise and a complaint.
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I haven't finished the book yet, but I have to say that I already feel this is something special. First of all, Tuure Parkkinen has been able to explain currently widely accepted economic fundamentals in a clear and understandable way, and then question some of them right off the bat in a very open and interesting way. This kind of (root) bug fixing is exactly what is needed for new economics to emerge for the better of us all!
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Excellent insight into the problems of the modern capitalist system and even more importantly well-argued practical suggestions for solutions. What I really like about it is the modularity. You can jump to chapters that interest you the most from the get-go. Highly recommended especially for anyone who is interested in looking outside the box that is our current paradigms concerning the economy and work life.
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A great book that offers broad insight how money and credit system operates. The writer goes through different economic theories and goes through problems with the current system that cause inefficiencies and market failures and offers solutions to solve these issues. The book shows that in most sectors, like labour and finance, free markets are the best way to organize society. However, in sectors where natural monopolies occur, government intervention is beneficial to the market, if done correctly.
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