The Corona Crash: How the Pandemic Will Change Capitalism

By Megan Thomas

It’s only a little book – one I picked up on my way out of Waterstones, compelled by the title.

It actually sparked a bit of a reading slump for me, not because of its quality but because it assumes a slightly more robust understanding of historical finance than I have/had, so it took me months to read between Google rabbit holes learning about theories of economics and giving myself the context needed to properly enjoy it. Be warned but don’t be put off – each word, sentence, paragraph is so thorough, well-researched and curated.

This book provides a detailed course of action from an economic perspective out of the pandemic. By dissecting the historical causes and aftermath of the 2008 crash, economic commentator Grace Blakeley doesn’t shy away from the facts. If the state had the money (billions!) to bail out bankers, then why can’t it provide free higher education, housing, and healthcare when the crisis ends? In this context, arguments of state interference in the private sector fall short.


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