The Problem with Socialism

Author: Thomas DiLorenzo

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1621575977

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 7365


A book to challenge the status quo, spark a debate, and get people talking about the issues and questions we face as a country!

Feminist Politics and Human Nature

Author: Alison M. Jaggar

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847672547

Category: Political Science

Page: 408

View: 5851


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The Ordinary Business of Life

A History of Economics from the Ancient World to the Twenty-First Century

Author: Roger Backhouse

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691116296

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 3757


A fascinating study of business and economics from the ancient world to the present takes readers on a lively tour of money-changing throughout the centuries, focusing particular attention on the opinions of theologians, philosophers, politicians, poets, and lawyers on the subject.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism

Author: Kevin Williamson

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

ISBN: 1596986492

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 6044


Argues that the same impulse for control that governed the Soviet Union is present in the American health care and educational systems and that socialism can never work because of human nature.


Author: N.A

Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute

ISBN: 1610163397


Page: N.A

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A Future for Socialism

Author: John E. Roemer

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674339460

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 178

View: 8338


In this text, Roemer proposes a new future of socialism based on a redefinition of market socialism. The Achille's heel of socialism has always been maintaining innovation and efficiency in an economy in which income is equally distributed. Roemer points out that large capitalist firms have already solved a similar problem: in those firms, profits are distributed to numerous shareholders, yet they continue to innovate and compete. The author argues for a modified version of socialism, not necessarily based on public ownership, but founded on equality of opportunity and political influence.

Finance and the Good Society

Author: Robert J. Shiller

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 140084617X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

View: 5113


The reputation of the financial industry could hardly be worse than it is today in the painful aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. New York Times best-selling economist Robert Shiller is no apologist for the sins of finance--he is probably the only person to have predicted both the stock market bubble of 2000 and the real estate bubble that led up to the subprime mortgage meltdown. But in this important and timely book, Shiller argues that, rather than condemning finance, we need to reclaim it for the common good. He makes a powerful case for recognizing that finance, far from being a parasite on society, is one of the most powerful tools we have for solving our common problems and increasing the general well-being. We need more financial innovation--not less--and finance should play a larger role in helping society achieve its goals. Challenging the public and its leaders to rethink finance and its role in society, Shiller argues that finance should be defined not merely as the manipulation of money or the management of risk but as the stewardship of society's assets. He explains how people in financial careers--from CEO, investment manager, and banker to insurer, lawyer, and regulator--can and do manage, protect, and increase these assets. He describes how finance has historically contributed to the good of society through inventions such as insurance, mortgages, savings accounts, and pensions, and argues that we need to envision new ways to rechannel financial creativity to benefit society as a whole. Ultimately, Shiller shows how society can once again harness the power of finance for the greater good.

Trotsky, Trotskyism and the Transition to Socialism

Author: Peter Beilharz

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780709939955

Category: Communism

Page: 197

View: 6655


Written from a critical socialist standpoint, this book provides an analysis of Trotskyism which argues that it is increasingly irrelevant as a means of achieving socialism.

Why Not Capitalism?

Author: Jason F. Brennan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317907884

Category: Philosophy

Page: 114

View: 9122


Most economists believe capitalism is a compromise with selfish human nature. As Adam Smith put it, "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest." Capitalism works better than socialism, according to this thinking, only because we are not kind and generous enough to make socialism work. If we were saints, we would be socialists. In Why Not Capitalism?, Jason Brennan attacks this widely held belief, arguing that capitalism would remain the best system even if we were morally perfect. Even in an ideal world, private property and free markets would be the best way to promote mutual cooperation, social justice, harmony, and prosperity. Socialists seek to capture the moral high ground by showing that ideal socialism is morally superior to realistic capitalism. But, Brennan responds, ideal capitalism is superior to ideal socialism, and so capitalism beats socialism at every level. Clearly, engagingly, and at times provocatively written, Why Not Capitalism? will cause readers of all political persuasions to re-evaluate where they stand vis-à-vis economic priorities and systems—as they exist now and as they might be improved in the future.