Mulbert’s Brief History Of Economics and The Coming Of The Second Machine Age is, as the title suggests, a very brief history of economics from the earliest farmers to the coming age of self-driving cars and robots which may allow us to carry their golf clubs (if we’re good).
It’s the ideal economical gift – just £2 plus postage – for a friend, an economics professor (or student), or just for yourself: a 20 page A5 booklet with more than 2,200 words of poetic rhyme. If you only buy one book on economics this year then make sure it’s Mulbert’s Brief History Of Economics and The Coming Of The Second Machine Age. If you can run to two then the other one should probably be the excellent 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang.
The first 230 odd words of the poem are posted below to give you the flavour of the verse.
Come the revolution my life will be less hectic
and to minimise pollution my car will be electric
furthermore I’m thinking the car will drive itself
and just like no one ever I’ll have parcels on my shelf.
And the car will speak to me in celebrity voices
which I will change daily for it’s fun to have choices
perhaps I will plump for the Nelson Mandela
or boisterous Brian Blessed or Snoop the rapper fella
or the sexy soft tones of Marilyn Monroe
boop-boop-be-doop that’s how she used to go.
But unlike my current car (an idle French bastard)
it will have a mini bar so that I may get plastered
and it will change the gears do the braking, and the steering
and serve me cool beers for I shall do the beering
whilst relaxing in the back just listening to The Archers
and every single time a cop car goes past us
I shall flick them the Vs those pesky traffic cops
but they’ll be too busy guzzling vodka shots
and pints of Old Peculiar for their panda cars
will also drive themselves and have their own mini bars
as they cruise the city streets with surreptitious stealth
seeking out skulduggery and the stealers of wealth
like the muggers and the robbers and the fun loving criminal
the coppers may be rat-arsed but their workload will be minimal.