I am very excited to announce the availability of my new book Hijacked
How the Banking Industry, Finance, and Corporate Interests Have Hijacked Our Economy and Corrupted Democracy
We are all being conned.
We are all being deceived.
Whilst the super-rich get richer, most of us barely scrape by.
Do you ever get the feeling that the odds are stacked against you?
Why is it in a world of abundance that we find it so hard to make our way?
How is it we are automatically born into debt and it seems that all we are able to achieve is more debt unless we are born into wealth or are fortunate enough to find a way to generate significant wealth.
These are interesting questions that have a direct bearing on our health and personal wealth—and have an even bigger impact on our children—and predictably an even larger impact on future generations.
Most people are expected to believe that our modern economy is fit-for-purpose and finely tuned to meet the needs of modern society—but is it?
What if you were to discover that far from being fit-for-purpose that our so-called ‘modern economy’ was simply a convoluted hangover from the days of feudalism that is highly unstable, poorly regulated and heavily stacked in favour of corporate interests and the super-wealthy?
No doubt you may be interested to know how this came to pass, and what could be done to bring it into the twenty-first century, and make it more fit-for-purpose.
A History that Needs Telling
This book tells the story of how our economies have arrived at a situation where we are faced with massively unsustainable levels of debt that are due to factors based on our history that are little discussed and poorly comprehended. It is subject that needs to be understood by everyone, but it is not a story that needs any previous economic education, just your curiosity.
Hijacked begins with telling the story of how the population of a country, in this case England, was robbed of their inheritance—the very land that nourished their existence—following invasion. It wasn’t simply the result of the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066, it was a consistent campaign of theft that was brutally perpetrated on the rural inhabitants and with the passage of time, created a population that was totally landless, impoverished, and unable to sufficiently support themselves.
This journey describes how the populace, who were originally mostly self-sufficient rural people, living in reasonable comfort, being well-fed, well-clothed, and with time to enjoy communal pleasures (when not faced with foreign invaders)—to a populace that had their land rights stolen, were made homeless—and were further impoverished by the heavy burden of taxation.
Does this story sound familiar?
It gave rise to ‘pauperism’, the English word for people who were so impoverished they had to invent ‘workhouses’, and the ‘poor rate’—a local subsidy that kept them just one step away from absolute starvation.
Why is this story important to you today?
There are numerous people who have suggested that If we are ignorant of the past, we risk repeating the same old mistakes. This is just as true today, this book will arm you with a much better understanding of why our monetary system is broken, and how it can be fixed.
Armed with this knowledge we will be better able to generate positive changes that will protect us all from inevitable disaster.
It is time for humanity to evolve. We can all play our part, but we all need to be better informed, and better able to make an informed choice on what kind of world we want to live in.
Hijacked, is a call for change, an appeal for discussion, and offers solutions from some of our greatest minds.[i] Sir Reginald Rowe, The Root of all Evil, 1941.
Sir Jonathon Porritt, writer, and environmentalist.
This is truly a magnum opus in terms of the incredible amount of research that you’ve done
There is a lot here that interested me, as you can imagine, especially your treatment of Henry George and ideas about a Land Tax for the modern age. Your ‘Failed Economics’ provides an excellent summary, as does your section on ‘Fundamentally Flawed Economics’. And the analysis on post-2008 politics is very strong. So thank you for the ‘good read’
Why is it that governments are so loaded with debt that the only future offered is one which entails cutbacks and reduced services? How did we get into the situation we find ourselves in today? Is there a possible alternative? Is our casino-style capitalistic system fit for purpose for the 21st Century?
Burgoyne argues that a radical change is required in our thinking, and that it is time for the creation of an economic system that better serves humanity. He offers solutions that would better us all, not just the super-rich.
This volume traces the roots of our economic system, and shows how it lead us to the position we are in today. These issues concern us all, and it is imperative that ordinary people become better informed.
Simple measures will not just prevent future economic catastrophe, but make a more equitable system. However, any real change will only come from below; from humanity awakening to the deep flaws of our current system, and demanding reform.
This book is a much-needed wake-up call.