Global Trade and Conflicting National Interests - Ralph E. Gomory William J. Baumol.
Gomory is President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Baumol is Director, C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics. Through mathematics and general conceptual overview, Gomory, Baumol show the difference between classical economics and today's complex and modern economies. This text also highlights scenarios where global trade isn't necessarily a "non zero sum game". An excellent primer on global trade theory.
The Race to the Bottom: - Alan Tonelson. Why a Worldwide Worker Surplus and Uncontrolled Free Trade are Sinking American Living Standards.
Tonelson has truly been a voice for statistical reality. This in depth study of globalization practices casts a foreboding shadow to the decimation of America's middle class. Many of Tonelson's essays on reprinted on the American Economic Alert web site.
UNSUSTAINABLE - Eamonn Fingleton. How Economic Dogma is Destroying American Prosperity.
A harsh look at globalization practices. Forever the Cassandra of fiscal policy and "new economy" fallacy, Fingleton correctly predicted the collapse of the "dot com" era when few would heed his warning.
Take This Job and Ship It! - Senator Byron Dorgan.
Our trade deficit increases by $2 billion a day. Pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists have such influence in Washington that Medicare, by current law, is not allowed to negotiate lower drug prices. We import oil on an ever-increasing scale, putting ourselves into debt with the Saudis, the Kuwaitis, and other Middle Eastern nations. With their windfall profits, they continue to buy American assets. China's booming economy and abundance of cheap labor are threatening our economic survival. We have mortgaged our fortunes, our principles, and our way of life.
PERFECTLY LEGAL - David Cay Johnston. The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich - and Cheat Everybody Else.
An eye opening book on how the American middle class are paying the burden of taxes and reports on the corporate tax code so it is comprehensible to the layperson.
Outsourcing America: - Dr. Ron Hira. What's Behind Our National Crisis and How We Can Reclaim American Jobs.
The authors identify the ten major reasons employers send jobs overseas. Apart from lower wages and salaries, companies benefit from favorable tax policies, access to emerging markets, and other incentives — including the fact that companies face no penalty for destroying their U.S. jobs. The book also articulates the profound effect that outsourcing is having on educational and career trends, and how developing nations like India and China are retaining top talent that previously would have come to the United States.
Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country - William Greider How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country.
This is definitive study of the Federal Reserve Board in the Reagan era. Gives some interesting insight in how this body really operates.
One World, Ready or Not - William Greider The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism.
Overview on global, multinational corporate driven capitalism with a series of Populist proposals to rectify the redistribution of wealth to the super rich.
Nobodies - John Bowe Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy.
Gives individual accounts of guest worker abuses that is outright slavery and criminal. Gives strong insight in the ultimate result of global labor arbitrage and migration. Has a few policy suggestions to stop this morally abhorrent situation.
The China Dream - Joe Studwell The Quest for the Last Great Untapped Market on Earth.
Gives a great history on the many efforts and failures to penetrate China's markets by foreign business interests. Shows how China is not a capitalistic market economy and throws some cold water on the realities of the mythical 13B consumer market that is often touted to justify bad trade agreements.
Wealth and Democracy, A Political History of the American Rich - Kevin Phillips
Modern U.S., laissez-faire is a pretense. Government power and preferment have been used by the rich, not shunned. As wealth concentration grows, especially near the crest of a drawn-out boom, so has upper-bracket control of politics and its ability to shape its own preferment." In the next 474 pages, Phillips goes on to cover the "political and economic history of U.S. wealth, the U.S. record of speculative finance, the Anglo-Saxon proclivity for technology manias, the overlap between watershed technological innovation and economic inequality, and the connections between wealth concentration and the corruption of politics, government, and public policy. moreof review.
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