Wealth Poverty and Politics

Wealth  Poverty and Politics

After an extensive examination of factors behind the economic differences between nations and within nations -- including geographic, demographic, cultural and political factors -- the last section of the book is a searching critique of ...

Author: Thomas Sowell

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ISBN: 046509676X

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Page: 624

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In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Dr. Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, examines the reasons for large differences in income and wealth between nations and among groups within nations. A wide range of geographic, demographic, cultural, and political factors are examined, not to find a single factor or a single combination of factors that will explain all economic differences, but to show how particular combinations of factors limit or expand the possibilities for specific nations and peoples at specific times and places. Dr. Sowell also examines some popular explanations of these differences and shows why they will not stand up under scrutiny. In doing so, he takes on some of the reigning titans of the redistributionist movement--including John Rawls, Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman, and Joseph Stiglitz--and shows how a remarkable number of their claims cannot withstand plain common sense, expressed in plain English.
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Wealth Poverty and Politics

Wealth  Poverty and Politics

In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in this country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America.

Author: Thomas Sowell

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ISBN: 0465073484

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 328

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In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in this country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth. We cannot properly understand inequality if we focus exclusively on the distribution of wealth and ignore wealth production factors such as geography, demography, and culture. Sowell contends that liberals have a particular interest in misreading the data and chastises them for using income inequality as an argument for the welfare state. Refuting Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman, and others on the left, Sowell draws on accurate empirical data to show that the inequality is not nearly as extreme or sensational as we have been led to believe. Transcending partisanship through a careful examination of data, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics reveals the truth about the most explosive political issue of our time.
Categories: Business & Economics

Wealth Poverty and Politics

Wealth  Poverty and Politics

How national governments emerged, and the consequences of the ways they emerged, and in some cases spread to the international dimensions of empires, has implications for larger questions of wealth, poverty and politics.

Author: Thomas Sowell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780465096770

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 576

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In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in this country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth. We cannot properly understand inequality if we focus exclusively on the distribution of wealth and ignore wealth production factors such as geography, demography, and culture. Sowell contends that liberals have a particular interest in misreading the data and chastises them for using income inequality as an argument for the welfare state. Refuting Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman, and others on the left, Sowell draws on accurate empirical data to show that the inequality is not nearly as extreme or sensational as we have been led to believe. Transcending partisanship through a careful examination of data, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics reveals the truth about the most explosive political issue of our time.
Categories: Business & Economics

Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics

Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics

This book explains why Algeria's post-colonial domestic political economy unravelled, and how the regime eventually managed to regain power and hegemony.

Author: Miriam R. Lowi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521113182

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 251

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This book explains why Algeria's post-colonial domestic political economy unravelled, and how the regime eventually managed to regain power and hegemony.
Categories: Business & Economics

Wealth And Poverty Of Nations

Wealth And Poverty Of Nations

In this engrossing and important new work, eminent historian David Landes explores the complex, fascinating and often startling causes of the wealth and poverty of nations.

Author: David S. Landes

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349141442

Category: Social Science

Page: 672

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The history of nations is a history of haves and have-nots, and as we approach the millennium, the gap between rich and poor countries is widening. In this engrossing and important new work, eminent historian David Landes explores the complex, fascinating and often startling causes of the wealth and poverty of nations. The answers are found not only in the large forces at work in economies: geography, religion, the broad swings of politics, but also in the small surprising details. In Europe, the invention of spectacles doubled the working life of skilled craftsmen, and played a prominent role in the creation of articulated machines, and in China, the failure to adopt the clock fundamentally hindered economic development. The relief of poverty is vital to the survival of us all. As David Landes brilliantly shows, the key to future success lies in understanding the lessons the past has to teach us - lessons uniquely imparted in this groundbreaking and vital book which exemplifies narrative history at its best.
Categories: Social Science

The Growth Delusion

The Growth Delusion

In this powerful, incisive book, David Pilling reveals the hidden biases of economic orthodoxy and explores the alternatives to GDP, from measures of wealth, equality, and sustainability to measures of subjective wellbeing.

Author: David Pilling

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780525572510

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 306

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A provocative critique of the pieties and fallacies of our obsession with economic growth We live in a society in which a priesthood of economists, wielding impenetrable mathematical formulas, set the framework for public debate. Ultimately, it is the perceived health of the economy which determines how much we can spend on our schools, highways, and defense; economists decide how much unemployment is acceptable and whether it is right to print money or bail out profligate banks. The backlash we are currently witnessing suggests that people are turning against the experts and their faulty understanding of our lives. Despite decades of steady economic growth, many citizens feel more pessimistic than ever, and are voting for candidates who voice undisguised contempt for the technocratic elite. For too long, economics has relied on a language which fails to resonate with people's actual experience, and we are now living with the consequences. In this powerful, incisive book, David Pilling reveals the hidden biases of economic orthodoxy and explores the alternatives to GDP, from measures of wealth, equality, and sustainability to measures of subjective wellbeing. Authoritative, provocative, and eye-opening, The Growth Delusion offers witty and unexpected insights into how our society can respond to the needs of real people instead of pursuing growth at any cost.
Categories: Business & Economics

Behind the Development Banks

Behind the Development Banks

Examines the influence of congressional activism and Washington politics on the ideas and activities of the World Bank and other multilateral development banks, discussing three decades of history and policies.

Author: Sarah Babb

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105132217311

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 344

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Examines the influence of congressional activism and Washington politics on the ideas and activities of the World Bank and other multilateral development banks, discussing three decades of history and policies.
Categories: Business & Economics

Welfare Reform

Welfare Reform

Presents an overview of efforts to reform the welfare system in America throughout history, and provides a series of essays debating issues of welfare policy, the impact of the system on children, pregnant teens, and the disabled, and the ...

Author: Gary E. McCuen

Publisher: Gem Publications

ISBN: CORNELL:31924078732660

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

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Presents an overview of efforts to reform the welfare system in America throughout history, and provides a series of essays debating issues of welfare policy, the impact of the system on children, pregnant teens, and the disabled, and the role of churches and charities.
Categories: Social Science

Poverty Wealth of Mankind

Poverty  Wealth of Mankind

Author: Albert Tévoédjrè

Publisher: Pergamon

ISBN: CORNELL:31924001698046

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 212

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Categories: Business & Economics

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

In this engrossing and important new work, eminent historian David Landes explores the complex, fascinating and often startling causes of the wealth and poverty of nations.

Author: David S. Landes

Publisher:

ISBN: 0349111669

Category: Economic development

Page: 650

View: 923

The history of nations is a history of haves and have-nots, and as we approach the millennium, the gap between rich and poor countries is widening. In this engrossing and important new work, eminent historian David Landes explores the complex, fascinating and often startling causes of the wealth and poverty of nations. The answers are found not only in the large forces at work in economies: geography, religion, the broad swings of politics, but also in the small surprising details. In Europe, the invention of spectacles doubled the working life of skilled craftsmen, and played a prominent role in the creation of articulated machines, and in China, the failure to adopt the clock fundamentally hindered economic development. The relief of poverty is vital to the survival of us all. As David Landes brilliantly shows, the key to future success lies in understanding the lessons the past has to teach us - lessons uniquely imparted in this groundbreaking and vital book which exemplifies narrative history at its best.
Categories: Economic development