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.

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.

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.

Tales of a New America

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 290

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An analysis of four political myths demonstrates how current political thinking fails to accommodate the economic realities of an interdependent global economy and points the way toward a new public philosophy

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.

Aftershock

The Next Economy and America's Future

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Thorndike Press

ISBN: 9781410434128

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 265

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Analyzes the economic crisis while making recommendations for responsibly navigating its aftermath, suggesting that the downturn actually resulted from a disproportionate concentration of wealth at the expense of a debt-burdened middle class.

The Structure of Social Stratification in the United States, The, CourseSmart eTextbook

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Author: Leonard Beeghley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317343794

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 Work of Nations

Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalis

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307772992

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.

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 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.

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.

Everything for Sale

The Virtues and Limits of Markets

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Author: Robert Kuttner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226465555

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 410

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In this highly acclaimed, provocative book, Robert Kuttner disputes the laissez-faire direction of both economic theory and practice that has been gaining in prominence since the mid-1970s. Dissenting voices, Kuttner argues, have been drowned out by a stream of circular arguments and complex mathematical models that ignore real-world conditions and disregard values that can't easily be turned into commodities. With its brilliant explanation of how some sectors of the economy require a blend of market, regulation, and social outlay, and a new preface addressing the current global economic crisis, Kuttner's study will play an important role in policy-making for the twenty-first century. "The best survey of the limits of free markets that we have. . . . A much needed plea for pragmatism: Take from free markets what is good and do not hesitate to recognize what is bad."—Jeff Madrick, Los Angeles Times "It ought to be compulsory reading for all politicians—fortunately for them and us, it is an elegant read."—The Economist "Demonstrating an impressive mastery of a vast range of material, Mr. Kuttner lays out the case for the market's insufficiency in field after field: employment, medicine, banking, securities, telecommunications, electric power."—Nicholas Lemann, New York Times Book Review "A powerful empirical broadside. One by one, he lays on cases where governments have outdone markets, or at least performed well."—Michael Hirsh, Newsweek "To understand the economic policy debates that will take place in the next few years, you can't do better than to read this book."—Suzanne Garment, Washington Post Book World

What Happened to the Car Industry?

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Author: Ian Porter

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 1925307913

Category: Political Science

Page: 128

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The Australian car industry is almost 120 years old, and has become part of the nation’s industrial and social fabric. With protection from the federal government in the early years, and co-investment more recently, the industry thrived, and dragged Australia out of the farm era and into the ranks of industrialised countries. These days, the industry has provided a great return on the taxpayer investment; income tax paid by automotive workers repays the taxpayer three times over. But this was not good enough for prime minister Tony Abbott, or his austerity-minded treasurer, Joe Hockey. They decided to bully the carmakers into leaving so the government could save a few dollars. What Happened to the Car Industry? tells this story more in sorrow than in anger. It is an indictment of political folly and industrial vandalism.

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.

Reason

Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1400076609

Category: Social Science

Page: 247

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In a call to revitalize America's traditional two-party system, offers an argument that the tenets of liberalism must become part of the national political agenda in order to battle the radical conservatism and sets out a program for liberals to regain political power.

The Business of Sustainability: Trends, Policies, Practices, and Stories of Success [3 volumes]

Trends, Policies, Practices, and Stories of Success

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

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313384959

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

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.

I'll Be Short

Essentials for a Decent Working Society

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Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807043417

Category: Political Science

Page: 121

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From the former Secretary of Labor, a plan to get the economy to work for everyone With his characteristic humor, humanity, and candor, one of the nation’s most distinguished public leaders and thinkers delivers a fresh vision of politics by returning to basic American values: workers should share in the success of their companies; those who work should not have to live in poverty; and everyone should have access to an education that will better their chances in life. An insider who knows how the economy and government really work, Reich combines realistic solutions with democratic ideals. Businesses do have civic responsibilities, and government must stem a widening income gap that threatens to stratify our nation. And everyone must get involved to help return us to a society that works for everyone. Robert B. Reich, a professor at Brandeis University, is author of eight books, including Locked in the Cabinet and The Future of Success. His radio commentary has been heard biweekly on public radio’s Marketplace, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.