Scandinavians work less than we do, they have free childcare and healthcare, and they're just generally happier. We're told that we can't have what they have...but what if we can? In Viking Economics, George Lakey explains how the Nordic system works and shows us that if we put in the hard work Scandinavians did not that long ago, we, too, can have a fairer economic policy.
"Viking Economics "shows us there's no reason we couldn't be making far more progress across a wide range of problems. George Lakey is great at explaining why. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, founderof 350.org " " Carrying student debt? Working longer hours with no vacation? Do you wonder if it is possible for the U.S. to reverse a generation of extreme inequality? It doesn t have to be this way. "Viking Economics" helps us envision a different way of organizing our economy to put people and planet first. Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, author of "Wealthy, Come Home" The Nordic model has proven extraordinarily successful in ensuring a decent standard of living for all the citizens of these countries, while at the same time keeping them open to international trade and at the forefront of technology. This short book is a great starting point for those looking for insights into the origins and structure of this model. Dean Baker is Co-Director of Center for Economic and Policy Research and author of "Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People" Brilliant, fun to read, and most timely--just what Americans need right now! Lakey busts key myths that keep us believing we can t have the society we want. Bravo for this great source of evidence-grounded hope! Frances Moore Lappe, author of "Diet for a Small Planet" and "Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and" "Courage for the World We Want""
GEORGE LAKEY is Visiting Professor at Swarthmore College. He is the author of many books and articles and has written for "Waging Nonviolence" and "Common Dreams, " among other publications.