Supercapitalism

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307267856

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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From one of America's foremost economic and political thinkers comes a vital analysis of our new hypercompetitive and turbo-charged global economy and the effect it is having on American democracy. With his customary wit and insight, Reich shows how widening inequality of income and wealth, heightened job insecurity, and corporate corruption are merely the logical results of a system in which politicians are more beholden to the influence of business lobbyists than to the voters who elected them. Powerful and thought-provoking, Supercapitalism argues that a clear separation of politics and capitalism will foster an enviroment in which both business and government thrive, by putting capitalism in the service of democracy, and not the other way around. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Supercapitalism

The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 1921372052

Category: Capitalism

Page: 272

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Mid-twentieth-century capitalism has turned into global capitalism, and global capitalism - turbocharged, Web-based, and able to find and make almost anything just about anywhere - has turned into supercapitalism. But as Robert B. Reich makes clear in this eye-opening book, while supercapitalism is working wonderfully well to enlarge the economic pie, democracy - charged with caring for all citizens - is becoming less and less effective under its influence. Reich explains how widening inequalities of income and wealth, heightened job insecurity, and the spreading effects of global warming are the logical outcomes of supercapitalism. He shows us why companies, fighting harder than ever to maintain their competitive positions, have become even more deeply involved in politics; and how average citizens, seeking great deals and invested in the stock market to an unprecedented degree, are increasingly loath to stand by their values if it means biting the hands that feed them. As one of America's most influential voices, Reich sets out a clear course to a vibrant capitalism and a concurrent, equally vibrant democracy.

Supercapitalism

the transformation of business, democracy, and everyday life

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Author: Robert Reich

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 1925548104

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Mid-twentieth-century capitalism has turned into global capitalism, and global capitalism — turbocharged, Web-based, and able to find and make almost anything just about anywhere — has turned into supercapitalism. But, as Robert Reich makes clear in this eye-opening book, supercapitalism enlarges the economic pie, while democracy — charged with caring for all citizens — is becoming less and less effective under its influence. Reich explains how widening inequalities of income and wealth, heightened job insecurity, and the spreading effects of global warming are the logical outcomes of supercapitalism. He shows us why companies, fighting harder than ever to maintain their competitive positions, have become even more deeply involved in politics; and how average citizens, seeking great deals and invested in the stock market to an unprecedented degree, are increasingly loath to stand by their values if it means biting the hands that feed them. He makes clear how the tools traditionally used to temper social problems — fair taxation, well-funded public education, trade unions — have withered as supercapitalism has burgeoned. Reich sets out a clear course to a vibrant capitalism and a concurrent, equally vibrant democracy. He argues forcefully that the spheres of business and politics must be kept distinct. And he calls for an end to the legal fiction that corporations are citizens, as well as the illusion that corporations can be 'socially responsible' until laws define social needs. This is a hugely important book — timely, impassioned, and persuasive.

The next American frontier

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Viking Pr

ISBN: 9780140070408

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 324

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Brings together economic, social, and political analyses to formulate a program for an American revival, in terms of the nation's economy and of a more equitable life for the American people

Supercapitalism

the battle for democracy in an age of big business

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848310469

Category: Capitalism

Page: 288

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As Secretary of Labour under Bill Clinton, Robert Reich won huge plaudits for his efforts to increase the minimum wage, close sweatshops and eliminate child labour around the world. Now a highly acclaimed author, in Supercapitalism he argues that capitalism should be made to serve democracy - and not the other way around. 'Supercapitalism' - turbocharged, Web-based, able to find and make anything, anywhere - is working wonderfully well to create wealth. But democracy, charged with caring for all citizens, is failing under its influence. Robert Reich explains how widening inequalities, heightened job insecurity and global warming are supercapitalism's logical outcomes. He shows that companies, fighting harder than ever to be competitive, have become more deeply involved in politics, and how the tools used to temper society's problems - taxation, education, trade unions - have withered.'A rounded and explicit discussion of how capitalist structures have stretched into the realm of democracy and eroded it' - New Statesman.

Beyond Outrage

What Has Gone Wrong with Our Economy and Our Democracy, and how to Fix it

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0345804376

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 151

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Argues that real change can only come when party lines are ignored and people from both sides of the aisle band together to enact common sense policies.

Economics in Wonderland

Robert Reich's Cartoon Guide to a Political World Gone Mad and Mean

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Author: Robert Reich

Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

ISBN: 1683960602

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 120

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Anyone who watches the former U.S. Secretary of Labor and The Daily Show and CNBC commentator's videocasts, viewed on his Inequality Media website, has seen Reich's informal lectures on student debt, social security, and gerrymandering, which he accompanies by quickly drawing cartoons to illustrate his major points. Collected here, for the first time, are short essays, edited from his presentations, and Reich's clean-line, confident illustrations, created with a large sketchpad and magic marker. Economics in Wonderland clearly explains the consequences of the disastrous policies of global austerity with humor, insight, passion, and warmth, all of which are on vivid display in words and pictures.

Saving Capitalism

For the Many, Not the Few

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0345806220

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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From the author of "Aftershock" and "The Work of Nations," his most important book to date--a myth-shattering breakdown of how the economic system that helped make America so strong is now failing us, and what it will take to fix it. Perhaps no one is better acquainted with the intersection of economics and politics than Robert B. Reich, and now he reveals how power and influence have created a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in eighty years. He makes clear how centrally problematic our veneration of the "free market" is, and how it has masked the power of moneyed interests to tilt the market to their benefit. Reich exposes the falsehoods that have been bolstered by the corruption of our democracy by huge corporations and the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street: that all workers are paid what they're "worth," that a higher minimum wage equals fewer jobs, and that corporations must serve shareholders before employees. He shows that the critical choices ahead are not about the size of government but about who government is for: that we must choose not between a free market and "big" government but between a market organized for broadly based prosperity and one designed to deliver the most gains to the top. Ever the pragmatist, ever the optimist, Reich sees hope for reversing our slide toward inequality and diminished opportunity when we shore up the countervailing power of everyone else. Passionate yet practical, sweeping yet exactingly argued, Saving Capitalism is a revelatory indictment of our economic status quo and an empowering call to civic action.

The Common Good

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 052552049X

Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Page: 208

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"...Clear-eyed manifesto for re-centering our economics and politics on the idea of the common good. Robert B. Reich...demonstrates that a common good not only exists but in fact constitutes the very essence of any society or nation...We must weigh the moral obligations of citizenship and carefully consider how we as a country should relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership...A fundamental statement about the purpose of society and a cri de coeur to save American soul."--Dust jacket flap.

Changing Welfare States

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Author: Anton Hemerijck

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199607605

Category: Political Science

Page: 485

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Changing Welfare States is is a major new examination of the wave of social reform that has swept across Europe over the past two decades. In a comparative fashion, it analyses reform trajectories and political destinations in an era of rapid socioeconomic restructuring, including the critical impact of the global financial crisis on welfare state futures. The book argues that the overall scope of social reform across the member states of the European Union varies widely. In some cases welfare state change has been accompanied by deep social conflicts, while in other instances unpopular social reforms received broad consent from opposition parties, trade unions and employer organizations. The analysis reveals trajectories of welfare reform in many countries that are more proactive and reconstructive than is often argued in academic research and the media. Alongside retrenchments, there have been deliberate attempts - often given impetus by intensified European (economic) integration - to rebuild social programs and institutions and thereby accommodate welfare policy repertoires to the new economic and social realities of the 21st century. Welfare state change is work in progress, leading to patchwork mixes of old and new policies and institutions, on the lookout, perhaps, for greater coherence. Unsurprisingly, that search process remains incomplete, resulting from the institutionally bounded and contingent adaptation to the challenges of economic globalization, fiscal austerity, family and gender change, adverse demography, and changing political cleavages.

Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes

The Transnational Labor Brokering of Filipino Workers

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Author: Anna Romina Guevarra

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813548292

Category: Social Science

Page: 274

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In a globalized economy that is heavily sustained by the labor of immigrants, why are certain nations defined as "ideal" labor resources and why do certain groups dominate a particular labor force? The Philippines has emerged as a lucrative source of labor for countries around the world. In Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes Anna Romina Guevarra focuses on the Philippines—which views itself as the "home of the great Filipino worker"—and the multilevel brokering process that manages and sends workers worldwide. She unravels the transnational production of Filipinos as ideal migrant workers by the state and explores how race, color, class, and gender operate. The experience of Filipino nurses and domestic workers—two of the country's prized exports—is at the core of the research, which utilizes interviews with employees at labor brokering agencies, state officials from governmental organizations in the Philippines, and nurses working in the United States. Guevarra's multisited ethnography reveals the disciplinary power that state and employment agencies exercise over care workers—managing migration and garnering wages—to govern social conduct, and brings this isolated yet widespread social problem to life.

Aftershock

The Next Economy and America's Future

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307594521

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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A brilliant new reading of the economic crisis—and a plan for dealing with the challenge of its aftermath—by one of our most trenchant and informed experts. When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008, blame was directed almost universally at Wall Street. But Robert B. Reich suggests a different reason for the meltdown, and for a perilous road ahead. He argues that the real problem is structural: it lies in the increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top, and in a middle class that has had to go deeply into debt to maintain a decent standard of living. Persuasively and straightforwardly, Reich reveals how precarious our situation still is. The last time in American history when wealth was so highly concentrated at the top—indeed, when the top 1 percent of the population was paid 23 percent of the nation’s income—was in 1928, just before the Great Depression. Such a disparity leads to ever greater booms followed by ever deeper busts. Reich’s thoughtful and detailed account of where we are headed over the next decades reveals the essential truth about our economy that is driving our politics and shaping our future. With keen insight, he shows us how the middle class lacks enough purchasing power to buy what the economy can produce and has adopted coping mechanisms that have a negative impact on their quality of life; how the rich use their increasing wealth to speculate; and how an angrier politics emerges as more Americans conclude that the game is rigged for the benefit of a few. Unless this trend is reversed, the Great Recession will only be repeated. Reich’s assessment of what must be done to reverse course and ensure that prosperity is widely shared represents the path to a necessary and long-overdue transformation. Aftershock is a practical, humane, and much-needed blueprint for both restoring America’s economy and rebuilding our society. From the Hardcover edition.

Structure of Social Stratification in the United States

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Author: Leonard Beeghley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317343786

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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This text examines the structure of stratification in the United States, focusing on the way one's class location influences his or her life opportunities. Beeghley uses three themes to illustrate social stratification: How power influences the distribution of resources in the United States; how social structure influences rates of events; and how social psychological factors influence how individuals act on, and react to, the situations in which they find themselves.

The Power of Public Ideas

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674695900

Category: Political Science

Page: 265

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Edited and contributed to by one of Americaâe(tm)s most respected political and economic thinkers, and containing essays by an impressive roster of experts, The Power of Public Ideas offers a controversial, timely, and incisive analysis of the impact of the public interest on governmental policy making.

The Work of Nations

Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalis

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307772993

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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There is no longer such a thing as an American economy, say Robert Reich at the beginning of this brilliant book. What does it mean to be a nation when money, goods, and services know no borders? What skills will be the most valuable in the coming century? And how can our country best ensure that all its citizen have a share in the new global economy? Robert B. Reich, the widely respected and bestselling author of The Next American Frontier and The Resurgent Liberal, defines the real challenge facing the United States in the 21st century in this trail-blazing book. Original, readable, and vastly informed, The Work of Nations is certain to set a standard for the next generation of policy-makers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Gotcha Capitalism

How Hidden Fees Rip You Off Every Day-and What You Can Do About It

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Author: Bob Sullivan

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345504887

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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What is Gotcha Capitalism? Coughing up $4 fees for ATM transactions. Iron-clad cell phone contracts you can’t get out of with a crowbar. Paying big bucks for insurance you don’t need on a rental car or forking over $20 a day for supposedly “free” wireless internet. Every day we use banks, cell phones, and credit cards. Every day we book hotels and airline tickets. And every day we get ripped off. How? Here are just a few examples of how big business can get you: • You didn’t fill up the rental car with gas? Gotcha! Gas costs $7 a gallon here. • Your bank balance fell to $999.99 for one day? Gotcha! That’ll be $12. • You miss one payment on that 18-month same-as-cash loan? Gotcha! That’ll be $512 extra. • You’re one day late on that electric bill? Gotcha! All your credit cards now have a 29.99% interest rate. But not for much longer. In Gotcha Capitalism, MSNBC.com’s “Red Tape Chronicles” columnist Bob Sullivan exposes the ways we’re all cheated by big business, and teaches us how to get our money back–proven strategies that can help you save more than $1,000 a year. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

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Author: Joyce Appleby

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393077233

Category: History

Page: 512

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"Splendid: the global history of capitalism in all its creative—and destructive—glory." —The New York Times Book Review With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system seems universal and timeless. The framework for our lives, it is a source of constant change, sometimes measured and predictable, sometimes drastic, out of control. Yet what is now ubiquitous was not always so. Capitalism was an unlikely development when it emerged from isolated changes in farming, trade, and manufacturing in early-modern England. Astute observers began to notice these changes and register their effects. Those in power began to harness these new practices to the state, enhancing both. A system generating wealth, power, and new ideas arose to reshape societies in a constant surge of change. Approaching capitalism as a culture, as a historical development that was by no means natural or inevitable, Joyce Appleby gives us a fascinating introduction to this most potent creation of mankind from its origins to its present global reach.

The Business of Sustainability

Trends, Policies, Practices, and Stories of Success

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Author: Scott G. McNall,James C. Hershauer,George Basile

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313384940

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1059

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This three-volume set is a landmark comprehensive overview of the business of sustainability, providing 56 separate chapters from leaders in business, non-profit organizations, and from within the academic and policy world. * Contributions from more than 70 authors recognized for their work in sustainability * Several chapters with systemic frameworks * Numerous case studies demonstrating successful approaches by industry innovators * 55 figures with models and steps for analyses * A bibliography with each chapter

A Tolerable Anarchy

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Author: Jedediah Purdy

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307271439

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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In A Tolerable Anarchy, Jedediah Purdy traces the history of the American understanding of freedom, an ideal that has inspired the country’s best—and worst—moments, from independence and emancipation to war and economic uncertainty. Working from portraits of famous American lives, like Frederick Douglas and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Purdy asks crucial questions about our relationship to liberty: Does capitalism perfect or destroy freedom? Does freedom mean following tradition, God’s word, or one’s own heart? Can a nation of individuals also be a community of citizens? This is history that speaks plainly to our lives today, urging readers to explore our understanding of our country and ourselves, and a provocative look at one of America’s cherished principles. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Big Pivot

Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World

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Author: Andrew S. Winston

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 1625270526

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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We live in a fundamentally changed world. It’s time for your approach to strategy to change, too. The evidence is all around us. Extreme weather, driven by climate change, is shattering records all over the planet. Our natural resources are in greater demand than ever before as a billion more people enter the global middle class, wanting more of everything. Radical transparency is opening up company operations and supply chains to public scrutiny. This is not some futuristic scenario or model to debate, but today’s reality. We've passed an economic tipping point. A weakening of the foundations of our planetary infrastructure is costing businesses dearly and putting our society at risk. The mega challenges of climate change, scarcity, and radical transparency threaten our ability to run an expanding global economy and are profoundly changing “business as usual.” But they also offer unprecedented opportunities: multi-trillion-dollar markets are in play, and the winners of this new game will profit mightily. According to Andrew Winston, bestselling author (Green to Gold) and globally recognized business strategist, the way companies currently operate will not allow them to keep up with the current—and future—rate of change. They need to make the Big Pivot. In this indispensable new book, Winston provides ten crucial strategies for leaders and companies ready to move boldly forward and win in this new reality. With concrete advice and tactics, and new stories from companies like British Telecom, Diageo, Dow, Ford, Nike, Unilever, Walmart, and many others, The Big Pivot will help you, and all of us, create more resilient businesses and a more prosperous world. This book is the blueprint to get you started.