Tax, Lies and Red Tape: Confessions of an Unreconstructed Neoliberal Fundamentalist

Tax, Lies and Red Tape: Confessions of an Unreconstructed Neoliberal Fundamentalist

by Dawie Roodt

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Find out why: - It’s wrong to blame Wall Street bankers for the global financial crisis. - The rhino-horn trade should be legalised. - Exempting anything from VAT is a bad idea, even for the poor. - Job creation is a fruitless exercise. - South Africa’s problem is not poverty. Tax, Lies and Red Tape is an insightful, easy-to-understand, very opinionated book about economics by one of South Africa’s most experienced and controversial economists. Dawie Roodt argues that economics is not about numbers, graphs and statistics; it is about people, and about how they react to incentives. Unfortunately, our politicians seem to have forgotten this. Using simple concepts and thought-provoking anecdotes, the book explains how ‘the market’ evolved with humanity, what was wrong with communism, what the global financial crisis is really about, the ways in which the state spends your money (and the ways in which it actually should), how tax is collected, how money and inflation really work, the ins and outs of trade, and the ups and downs of labour. In the process, Roodt debunks politically correct thinking and current government policy, and suggests alternatives for a more effective system. Whether you agree with him or not, Tax, Lies and Red Tape will get you thinking about economics in a completely new way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770224827
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Publication date: 08/12/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 238
File size: 832 KB

About the Author

Dawie Roodt is one of South Africa’s top economists. He worked for years as an economist at the South African Reserve Bank, and was economics editor of a financial magazine before being fired by the well-known political analyst J.P. Landman. He is a director and founding member of a listed company, The Efficient Group. He is known for his oratory skills and has presented well over a thousand television and radio shows. He holds a master’s degree with distinction, and he has received a number of prizes and awards. He is gladly pigeonholed as a libertarian, and he admits to not being a Marxist – but at least knows why not.
Linette Retief is the consumer editor of the Afrikaans Sunday paper, Rapport. She spent more than 25 years in the advertising industry as a copywriter, and, aside from winning an award or two, she also found the time to write three books: Stoute Statistieke (en ander Rowwe Nommers), a compilation of naughty Afrikaans jokes; Pynbos Siding, an anthology of quirky essays on life, loss and learning, and, most recently, Een Glas Dooswit, Asseblief?: Sober Besinnings van ’n Skuldenaar, an honest, humorous and helpful account of her life in debt review.

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