Union economist aims to bring economics to rank-and-file Canadians

    OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives is pleased to announce the release of Economics for Everyone: A
Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism by Jim Stanford.
    Stanford is the economist for the Canadian Auto Workers union, and a
regular economics columnist for the Globe and Mail. He was educated at the
University of Calgary, Cambridge University, and the New School for Social
Research in New York. His new book aims to present a comprehensive
introduction to economics in an entertaining, accessible, and
critical-thinking format.
    "Economics is too important to be left to the economists," Stanford
argues. "All too often ordinary people are dissuaded from engaging seriously
with economics by the profession's phony, technical aura, and by the arrogant
attitude that economists know what's best for us."
    "In reality, economics is not technical or mysterious. It simply
describes where we work, how and what we produce, and what we do with what we
produce," Stanford says. "Since everyone has a stake in the economy, learning
about economics will help them understand where they fit into the bigger
system, and help them fight for a better deal."
    "A society in which ordinary people know more about economics is a
society in which more people will feel confident making up their own minds
about what's best - instead of trusting the experts. It will be a more
democratic society."
    The book is illustrated with humorous cartoons and easy-to-grasp "road
maps" designed by renowned political cartoonist Tony Biddle.
    Economics for Everyone is jointly published in Canada by the Canadian
Centre for Policy Alternatives and Fernwood Books. It is published and
distributed worldwide by Pluto Press in London, England. The book will be
backed by a comprehensive set of web-based instructional materials - including
a course outline, lecture notes, student exercises, and a glossary, all
available at www.economicsforeveryone.ca. It can thus support ready-made
popular economics training by trade unions, community organizations, and other
grass-roots constituencies.
    The book will be officially launched with a lecture and reception on
Thursday, June 12, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Conference Room B/C (Mezzanine
Level) of the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto (123 Queen St. W.).
    Copies of Economics for Everyone are available from the CCPA for $24.95
each (plus GST and shipping) at www.policyalternatives.ca. Complimentary
review copies for media outlets can be ordered from 613-563-1341 x306.

For further information:

For further information: Kerri-Anne Finn, CCPA Communications Officer,
(613) 563-1341 x306

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