Angrynomics by Eric Lonergan [Book Summary – Review]


Over the past few decades aren’t something more than economic accomplishment, if it is asked to some specialists. When you glance at the statistics, while productivity is the highest compared to all times, fundamental indicators like GDP are increasing. Still, human beings from all over the globe are protesting in the streets. And they are furious.

In this outline, it is observed how the financial area crosses with our emotional welfare and responds to the question: Why are individuals too mad? In performing so, they make links between economic policy, populist actions, and the emotions of anxiety, fury, and incalculability that is experienced every day by most of us.

In the following sections, firstly it will be started with a passion for how the elite organizations that configure the global economy mishandled their duties. Moreover, it will also be taken an abstruse dive by you because of the variety of anger and emotional side effects exacerbated by this failure. However, do not miss hope! It is going to be finished by us with some policy opinions that alleviate our present crisis.


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Chapter 1 – What can truly assist communities accomplished is anger – if and only when it is right.


Let’s look closer at 1980 in Northern Ireland. The citizens are argued about to divide between those attempting reunion beside Ireland and the people who are faithful to the United Kingdom. Unluckily, following  ahead the following 10 years, many numbers of people had died and were injured because of the battle.

Let’s look closer at Iceland in 2017. In the “Panama Papers” leakage, it is elicited that head government authorities work overseas tax paradises. Capital of Iceland, which is called Reykjavik, teems with protesters. Moreover, they don’t draw apart till the state falls.

Let’s see Philadelphia in 2018. The team who wins the Super Bowl which is known as the american football championship competition is The Eagles. Later the match in the next hours, much of the town was looted and destroyed by fans. 

Although these look like different actions, they are not. Anger is the unifying fundamental. What is the central driving force of modern cases is this fiery emotion. But, all anger is not the exact type. Anger cannot be only used for discrimination and division, but it can work to correct injustice at the same time.



That is a natural part of a community is anger. Notwithstanding its bad fame, it frequently uses a beneficial aim. It is seen, anger consolidates the common standards for society which were created to preserve collected goods by us. If a person harms a norm, for instance, through fraud or theft, they will be known acquainted with collective anger from their equals.

It is this shape of gathered (or called collective) anger that can be named “moral anger”. This fear of rage is excellent for keeping individuals far from being selfish; Thanks to this, one will be willing to light the fire required to correct injustices. In Iceland, the situation happened like that. When it was discovered that politicians were behind the scene evading their posts by the citizens, moral anger of them overturned power for the benefit of the state. This is righteous rage – the base of real injustice is anger.

However, different gathered shapes of fury that appear as tribalism is found. Because of this anger, it prompted individuals to stick to a defined group and angrily assault them who sensed as foreigners. It is a collective reaction against for anxiety, panic, and inaccuracy. The place where tribalism frequently converts the shape of patriotism (or in other words is nationalism) is contemporary politics. What may  be a pretty efficient way to promote voters regardless of needing to approach any real policy issues is applying nationalism like we are attesting to nowadays.

To find instances, let’s review the totality of the world. It has been operated by this kind of fury to generate political support by statesman such as Donald Trump in the US, Viktor Orbán in Hungary, and Narendra Modi in India. In particular, it was handled by Trump that the dissatisfaction Americans felt in the economically depressed areas of the domain and turned this to group fury toward immigrants. Although being selected was effective, it did not solve any issues.

Therefore, what are a number of rightful resources of range in the globe, nowadays? The answer to the question will be responded to in the following section.


Chapter 2 – Economic mistrustful and nonreactive politicians feed the state furious.


Let’s consider it was 2005. A young couple living felicitously in Spain is found. Both have modest financial backing, with constant public sector works and years of careful accumulation. When the time comes to purchase a home, it is offered a heavy loan to enter the improving real estate market by the bank.

Next, a few years later, calamity hits.

The market is collapsing. Initially, what falls in worth is the expensive home. By the state, then it cut one partner’s wage and dismissed the other. Presently, the house is being sequestrated by the bank. Although politicians are not proposing aid to citizens, they are rescuing some big companies.

Consequently, is this young couple mad? Presumably. Despite they haven’t done anything wrong, yet nobody appears to be interested in their bad circumstances. This hypothetical couple is not unfair about their anger.



The tragedy of this fictitious Spanish couple in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis – and the Eurozone crisis a few years later – was a truth for millions of human beings in the United States and Europe. Even worse, by these two financial shocks, it has occurred the latest blows in a decades-long operation that restructured the planet’s political and economic view. A globe in which many individuals are justifiably angry with the system for being unsuccessful to keep their words is the result of the operation.

One reason for this anger is the growing economic imbalance. Since the 1970s, neoliberal economic policies have been embraced by most big domains such as cut taxes, cut social wasting, and generally support markets as central forces in the community. The result is that the wealthy people get richer and the poor become poorer. In case, by the richest 1 percent globally, it has been taken home 90 percent of their revenue since 2012.

In this upward distribution of property, it is allowed many individuals to work more and gain less. Actual median revenue in the US has not increased for three decades. What defines that most individuals see little progress in their living standards is this decline. And well sure, when it is examined the prosperity of the wealthy humans in big cities compared to people living in calm tiny towns, this actual financial challenge is exacerbated for individuals who live in tiny towns.

What is an insufficient answer from political institutions is combining this issue. Dated from the end of the Cold War, the dominant political groups in most democracies have moved to the right. Instead of proposing actual policy solutions, it is resorted by leaders to attributing these issues to uncertain forces such as “globalization,” or worse, to nationalism.

Consequently, it is felt that no one in the government responds to their concerns by many human beings with genuine complaints. Feeling angry is left by them.


Chapter 3 – Modern capitalism requires it to be designed again to bypass anger.


Let’s begin with raw comparison: capitalism is similar to your computer. Moreover, it is based on hardware and software to operate correctly, so your computer is. 

Capitalism’s hardware – CPU, graphics card, and memory chips – are the institutions of the community, such as banks, the stock market, or the government. What is the ideology of a community such as free-market liberalism or social democracy is software – programming that says everything how to affect each other.-

Presently you can create a capitalist community, just like a computer, with all various combinations of hardware and software. Some regulations work well and are approximately constant. Others do not operate that well. In progress of time, errors will be created by the software, the hardware will superheat and the entire system will fall.

And these accidents make individuals very furious.

Dated from the mid-1800s, there have been three main variations of the capitalism machine. Every one of them worked for several 10 years before encountering problems and demanding a reboot. The first repeat operated software that told markets were always correct and government hardware should never make intervention with them. This continued till it started to manufacture common poorness and unemployment. Because of this glitch, it was induced by an accident we name the Great Depression and assisted emblaze World War II.



Thus, after 1945, we restarted a fresh and novel machine of capitalism. Thanks to this version, different software that relied on Keynesian economic models is operated. It has given more power to hardware and less to investors and markets, such as unions and the government. What created common economic growth and a strong middle class was this configuration. However, it also had a problem: It created too much inflation and disappointed the low return on investment.

In the 1970s and 1980s, things were once again rebuilt and started again. This time it’s named software neoliberalism. Hardware updates involve weak syndicates, unrestricted free trade, and once again deferred states. Errors in this version create high imbalance and excessively folded banks inevitably fall. This last version of capitalism had fallen even once in the 2008 financial crisis.

But, unlike earlier falls, the machine hasn’t been refreshed by us this time. Rather, those in power just did a few tweaks and hit begin again. Although everything works again, the same errors create the exact issues – just worse.

Relied on what we argued earlier, the outcomes will be expected: more furious individuals. By us, it will be taken a closer view at the cause in the following section.


Chapter 4 – What causes anger and getting our lives more stressful is economic forces.


Well, what a horrible day! Initially, your car breaks down and you don’t know how to cover the repair costs. LAter, you are asked by your manager to find a novel technical system to hold the company competitive. Ultimately, on your way home, you discern that your tidy grocery store is closing. Instead, there is a market that serves the neighborhood’s novel immigrant population.

With all this alteration, it’s tough to tell what life will be like in either a year or even a week. As a matter of fact, our regular lives have become less steady and the future more ambiguous. Some of the factors of this change, such as job insecurity, are very actual. Others, such as the immigration threat, are aggravated.

But, in both facts, because of all the ambiguity, it feels stressful, tiring, and exaggerating.

Well, what economic processes are stressful for ordinary human beings? Although the causes are numerous and communicated, it can narrow the driving forces of modern anxiety down to four major trends.



The first one is the immediately developing market. It has made the economy very competitive because of industrial deregulation and technological change. Companies need to constantly innovate to survive. Consequently, employees are asked to modify and accommodate at all times. If you have had to spend additional hours at work or develop novel talents for your CV, it is known how stressful the additional pressure can be by us.

The ghost of automating your business is the second stressor. While there is little definitive proof that upcoming innovations in Artificial Intelligence will reduce a meaningful number of works, the perceived probability is still stressful. Given the willingness of companies to adopt any cost-saving measures, it is tough for employees in many industries to feel safe in the long term.

The third stress factor is the shift of the economy to senior generations. The growing generation of boomers in the post-war economy benefited from many social programs, such as inexpensive universities and a strong employment market. Therefore, it collected a lot of property and the accompanying political influence. Which group lacks these occasions are today’s younger cohort and they face a stronger inclination to ensure this safety.

The fourth stress factor is the imaginary race created by immigration. By upper-class urban elites, it is had fun by the cosmopolitanism of various societies. Nevertheless, newcomers are seen by individuals living in relatively declining places as the cause of their issues. While the proofs explain that immigrants truly strengthen economies, opportunistic politicians nonetheless impress this population as an escape from already stressful social programs.

All these trends collaborate to build an environment in which anybody feels safe about their economic future.


Chapter 5 – Our economies can be reorganized by us to create more equity and less furious.


Open the news and what do you glance at? Images of the protests in Europe. Sad tales about bankrupt grandparents in the US. Perhaps a few stories about global warming that are constantly accelerating. It appears that this version of capitalism is guiding the whole globe towards an angry end.

It’s time to start again. Well, what does a fresh system seem like?

It can be a bit hasty to throw everything aside. Consequently, there are some new achievement stories out there. They managed to restrain Canadian and Australian banks and produce positive results such as actual income growth. Perhaps when it comes to designing our current economy, it is simpler to maintain working parts and fix mistakes that are not working.

So, what are the advantages of our existing version of capitalism? To begin with, it provided high employment rates for a long time in most countries. Furthermore, it did this without creating any inflation. As we update our community’s hardware and software, we desire to sustain these consequences and reduce significant disadvantages, particularly imbalance and uncertainty.



To fight inequality, we require to add more wealth and assets to the bottom 80 percent. And to occur this, it can be taken advantage of historically low-interest rates to set up a National Wealth Fund by countries. A state can raise a loan by selling bonds, then invest that capital into a distributed investment fund. Every few years, between 4 and 6 percent turns again will be spread to citizens to spend on housing, training, and healthcare.

Alike systems have already been established in areas such as Norway, Singapore, and the Gulf Countries, which guides us to another potential reform path.

Even though supranational organizations such as the EU are important for international coordination, they may be less avid to local requirements and make individuals feel quiet. Rather, countries and zones should be free to experiment further with new policies. This permits them to tailor solutions forthrightly to the requirements of their populations while testing fresh opinions.

Many other concepts are value trying. The place where can redistribute property by making large tech companies charge licenses to use public data is countries. Or, central banks may give primary interest rates to jobs that make an investment in decarbonization.

The general purpose is to discover solutions that limit the economic trends that fuel public anger and private stress. If attendants work to enforce policies that service more human beings, the furious can be calmed by us, before it pulls us all down a harmful path.


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What is boosting in several domains is the economy. Nevertheless, the advantages of the modern version of capitalism are not equally divided. By many individuals, it is faced with a financially insecure and unknown future. Even worse, those at the top don’t appear to be interested in addressing the legitimate anger of the majority. Rather than escape the anger that fosters dangerous tribalism like racism and nationalism, fairer economies must be built with the use of novel tools such as national property funds and local autonomy by us.


Correct recessions promoting direct consumption.

During the last recession, it was supported by central banks in the market with huge rescue packages for companies. This seemed a terrible injustice to many. What would be to transport property forthrightly to citizens is a better strategy. This will be more efficient in holding the economy afloat, and most importantly, it will succeed absent from showing unjustness.


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