Overcoming the Destructive Legacies of Neoliberalism (Critical Climate Change)

Author: Jeffrey R. Di Leo,Uppinder Mehan

Publisher: Open Humanitites Press

ISBN: 9781607853060

Category: Neoliberalism

Page: 277

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"Capital at the Brink reveals the pervasiveness, destructiveness, and dominance of neoliberalism within American society and culture. The contributors to this collection also offer points of resistance to an ideology wherein, to borrow Henry Giroux's comment, "everything either is for sale or is plundered for profit." The first step in fighting neoliberalism is to make it visible. By discussing various inroads that it has made into political, popular, and literary culture, Capital at the Brink is taking this first step and joining a global resistance that works against neoliberalism by revealing the variety of ways in which it dominates and destroys various dimensions of our social and cultural life."--Publisher's description.
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The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Author: Ahmed Rashid

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143122835

Category: History

Page: 234

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A leading journalist on Pakistan outlines America's options with Pakistan and Afghanistan in the post-bin Laden years, identifying long-term possibilities and hazards while examining the Taliban's current activities. By the author of Descent into Chaos. 40,000 first printing.
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Author: William Perry

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804797145

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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My Journey at the Nuclear Brink is a continuation of William J. Perry's efforts to keep the world safe from a nuclear catastrophe. It tells the story of his coming of age in the nuclear era, his role in trying to shape and contain it, and how his thinking has changed about the threat these weapons pose. In a remarkable career, Perry has dealt firsthand with the changing nuclear threat. Decades of experience and special access to top-secret knowledge of strategic nuclear options have given Perry a unique, and chilling, vantage point from which to conclude that nuclear weapons endanger our security rather than securing it. This book traces his thought process as he journeys from the Cuban Missile Crisis, to crafting a defense strategy in the Carter Administration to offset the Soviets' numeric superiority in conventional forces, to presiding over the dismantling of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons in the Clinton Administration, and to his creation in 2007, with George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger, of the Nuclear Security Project to articulate their vision of a world free from nuclear weapons and to lay out the urgent steps needed to reduce nuclear dangers.
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A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights

Author: Andi Simon

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 1626342814

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 184

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Seeing Your Business through a New Lens Innovation has become such a ubiquitous value, it’s in danger of becoming cliché. Companies frequently talk about it as the sweeping secret to solve all their business problems; however, they often don’t know where to start or how to expand beyond creative brainstorming to strategically identify and act upon new business opportunities. Andi Simon is a corporate anthropologist who has empowered thousands of business leaders to see their companies with fresh eyes, identify their next big ideas, and—most importantly—turn innovative solutions into executable change. In her groundbreaking book, On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights, Andi presents her unique methods for harnessing innovation and revitalizing business growth. Taking readers on a journey through seven case studies, Andi shares how she helped these businesses discover new and profitable growth opportunities by exploring the untapped resources that were right in front of them. From a medical center facing multiple years in the red to a rural university battling decreasing enrollment to an equipment manufacturer whose award-winning product just wasn’t selling—the stories of these seven companies struggling to innovate and grow provide invigorating testimony to the power of corporate anthropology. Whether searching for a way to revitalize a business or to expand a successful company into new and profitable directions, the strategies outlined in On the Brink will give readers the fresh approach they need to achieve meaningful business breakthroughs.
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Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System -- With Original New Material on the Five Year Anniversary of the Financial Crisis

Author: Henry M. Paulson

Publisher: Business Plus

ISBN: 1455582476

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 528

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Former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson -- who was at the very epicenter of the crashing financial markets -- provides a startling, first- person account of what really happened during this time of global financial crisis - and this revised edition features fresh and original material from Paulson on the five-year-anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis. From the man who was in the very middle of this perfect economic storm, Paulson puts the reader in the room for all the intense moments as he addressed urgent market conditions, weighed critical decisions, and debated policy and economic considerations with of all the notable players-including the CEOs of top Wall Street firms as well as Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner, Sheila Bair, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, and then-President George W. Bush. More than an account about numbers and credit risks gone bad, ON THE BRINK is an extraordinary story about people and politics-all brought together during the world's impending financial Armageddon.
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rising workers and threats of war

Author: Andreas Malm,Shora Esmailian

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 9780745326030

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 262

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Explores social upheaveal in Iran and how real social change is possible -- and the danger of invasion.
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How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality

Author: Brink Lindsey,Steven Teles

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190627786

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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For years, America has been plagued by slow economic growth and increasing inequality. Yet economists have long taught that there is a tradeoff between equity and efficiency-that is, between making a bigger pie and dividing it more fairly. That is why our current predicament is so puzzling: today, we are faced with both a stagnating economy and sky-high inequality. In The Captured Economy , Brink Lindsey and Steven M. Teles identify a common factor behind these twin ills: breakdowns in democratic governance that allow wealthy special interests to capture the policymaking process for their own benefit. They document the proliferation of regressive regulations that redistribute wealth and income up the economic scale while stifling entrepreneurship and innovation. When the state entrenches privilege by subverting market competition, the tradeoff between equity and efficiency no longer holds. Over the past four decades, new regulatory barriers have worked to shield the powerful from the rigors of competition, thereby inflating their incomes-sometimes to an extravagant degree. Lindsey and Teles detail four of the most important cases: subsidies for the financial sector's excessive risk taking, overprotection of copyrights and patents, favoritism toward incumbent businesses through occupational licensing schemes, and the NIMBY-led escalation of land use controls that drive up rents for everyone else. Freeing the economy from regressive regulatory capture will be difficult. Lindsey and Teles are realistic about the chances for reform, but they offer a set of promising strategies to improve democratic deliberation and open pathways for meaningful policy change. An original and counterintuitive interpretation of the forces driving inequality and stagnation, The Captured Economy will be necessary reading for anyone concerned about America's mounting economic problems and the social tensions they are sparking.
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Debt Crisis and Dissent in the European Periphery

Author: Tony Phillips

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1783602163

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Europe is suffering from a bipolar economic disorder. Financial journalists divide the continent into two groups of nations - centre and periphery - not by geography but by credit rating. Europe on the Brink is a critical investigation of the root causes of this sovereign debt crisis, and the often misguided policy choices made to resolve it. Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, together with two other finance experts, compares debt contagion in Europe with regional financial crises elsewhere, while Roberto Lavagna, former economics minister in Argentina, provides a poignant comparative analysis with his own country’s experience. Crucially and uniquely, Portuguese, Greek and Irish economists provide hard-hitting case studies from the perspective of the periphery. This much-needed book offers a heterodox economic perspective on the causes, symptoms and solutions of the biggest economic issue currently facing Europe.
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1000 Days at Number 11

Author: Alistair Darling

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 0857892827

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 342

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Alistair Darling's long-awaited book will be one of the most reviewed, widely discussed, and saleable political memoirs of recent years. In the late summer of 2007, shares of Northern Rock went into free-fall, causing a run on the bank - the first in over 150 years. Northern Rock proved to be only the first. Twelve months later, as the world was engulfed in the worst banking crisis for more than a century, one of its largest banks, RBS, came within hours of collapse. Back from the Brink tells the gripping story of Alistair Darling's one thousand days in Number 11 Downing Street. As Chancellor, he had to avert the collapse of RBS hours before the cash machines would have ceased to function; at the eleventh hour, he stopped Barclays from acquiring Lehman Brothers in order to protect UK taxpayers; he used anti-terror legislation to stop Icelandic banks from withdrawing funds from Britain. From crisis talks in Washington, to dramatic meetings with the titans of international banking, to dealing with the massive political and economic fallout in the UK, Darling places the reader in the rooms where the destinies of millions weighed heavily on the shoulders of a few. His book is also a candid account of life in the Downing Street pressure cooker and his relationship with Gordon Brown during the last years of New Labor. Back from the Brink is a vivid and immediate depiction of the British government's handling of an unprecedented global financial catastrophe. Alistair Darling's knowledge and understanding provide a unique perspective on the events that rocked international capitalism. It is also a vital historical document.
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Robert McNair and the Politics of Civil Rights

Author: Philip G. Grose

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570036248

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

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As the Democratic governor of South Carolina during the height of the civil rights movement, Robert E. McNair faced the task of leading the state through the dismantling of its pervasive Jim Crow culture. Despite the obstacles, McNair was able to navigate a moderate course away from a past dominated by an old-guard oligarchy toward a more pragmatic, inclusive, and prosperous era. South Carolina at the Brink is the first biography of this remarkable statesman, as well as a history of the tumultuous times in which he governed. In telling McNair's story, Philip G. Grose recounts historic moments of epic turbulence, chronicles the development of the man himself, and maps the course of action that defined his leadership. A native of Berkeley County's Hell Hole Swamp, McNair was a decorated naval commander in the Philippines during World War II, then a small-town attorney, a state legislator, and lieutenant governor, before serving in the state's highest office from 1965-1971. Each role taught him the value of tolerance and perseverance and informed the choices he made at the helm of state government. violence and conflict that marked the onset of desegregation and of protest against the war in Vietnam: the tragic shootings in Orangeburg in February 1968, the 113-day strike at the Medical College in Charleston in 1969, violence at high schools in Columbia and Lamar in 1970, and antiwar protests on the University of South Carolina campus in 1970. These events remain the most vivid memories of the period, but McNair's lasting legacy is his remarkable ability to affect peaceful solutions and, ultimately, compliance with federal court rulings. Grose contends that it was McNair's decisive actions and reactions to crises that steered South Carolina clear of the larger tragedies of neighbouring states during this period and allowed the governor to achieve much improvement to the condition of the state's education system and economy. Grose's narrative draws from an extensive oral history project on the McNair administration conducted by the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, as well as recent interviews with key participants.
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India's 1991 Story

Author: Jairam Ramesh

Publisher: Rupa Publications India

ISBN: 9788129137807

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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The Uncertain Struggle for Global Capitalism

Author: Brink Lindsey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471206652

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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A refreshing, insightful look into the political and economic dynamics driving globalization today Globalization: it's earlier than you think. That's the provocative message of Against the Dead Hand, which traces the rise and fall of the century-long dream of central planning and top-down control and its impact on globalization-revealing the extent to which the "dead hand" of the old collectivist dream still shapes the contours of today's world economy. Mixing historical narrative, thought-provoking arguments, and on-the-scene reporting and interviews, Brink Lindsey shows how the economy has grown up amidst the wreckage of the old regime-detailing how that wreckage constrains the present and obscures the future. He conveys a clearer picture of globalization's current state than the current conventional wisdom, providing a framework for anticipating the future direction of the world economy.
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Europe and Beyond

Author: Charles Goodhart,Daniela Gabor,Jakob Vestergaard,Ismail Ertürk

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783083042

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 292

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This book reflects on the innovations that central banks have introduced since the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers to improve their modes of intervention, regulation and resolution of financial markets and financial institutions. Authors from both academia and policy circles explore these innovations through four approaches: ‘Bank Capital Regulation’ examines the Basel III agreement; ‘Bank Resolution’ focuses on effective regimes for regulating and resolving ailing banks; ‘Central Banking with Collateral-Based Finance’ develops thought on the challenges that market-based finance pose for the conduct of central banking; and ‘Where Next for Central Banking’ examines the trajectory of central banking and its new, central role in sustaining capitalism.
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The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming

Author: Andreas Malm

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1784781304

Category: Political Science

Page: 496

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How capitalism first promoted fossil fuels with the rise of steam power The more we know about the catastrophic implications of climate change, the more fossil fuels we burn. How did we end up in this mess? In this masterful new history, Andreas Malm claims it all began in Britain with the rise of steam power. But why did manufacturers turn from traditional sources of power, notably water mills, to an engine fired by coal? Contrary to established views, steam offered neither cheaper nor more abundant energy—but rather superior control of subordinate labour. Animated by fossil fuels, capital could concentrate production at the most profitable sites and during the most convenient hours, as it continues to do today. Sweeping from nineteenth-century Manchester to the emissions explosion in China, from the original triumph of coal to the stalled shift to renewables, this study hones in on the burning heart of capital and demonstrates, in unprecedented depth, that turning down the heat will mean a radical overthrow of the current economic order. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

Author: Roger Thurow

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610393422

Category: History

Page: 328

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At 4:00 am, Leonida Wanyama lit a lantern in her house made of sticks and mud. She was up long before the sun to begin her farm work, as usual. But this would be no ordinary day, this second Friday of the new year. This was the day Leonida and a group of smallholder farmers in western Kenya would begin their exodus, as she said, “from misery to Canaan,” the land of milk and honey.Africa’s smallholder farmers, most of whom are women, know misery. They toil in a time warp, living and working essentially as their forebears did a century ago. With tired seeds, meager soil nutrition, primitive storage facilities, wretched roads, and no capital or credit, they harvest less than one-quarter the yields of Western farmers. The romantic ideal of African farmers––rural villagers in touch with nature, tending bucolic fields––is in reality a horror scene of malnourished children, backbreaking manual work, and profound hopelessness. Growing food is their driving preoccupation, and still they don’t have enough to feed their families throughout the year. The wanjala––the annual hunger season that can stretch from one month to as many as eight or nine––abides.But in January 2011, Leonida and her neighbors came together and took the enormous risk of trying to change their lives. Award-winning author and world hunger activist Roger Thurow spent a year with four of them––Leonida Wanyama, Rasoa Wasike, Francis Mamati, and Zipporah Biketi––to intimately chronicle their efforts. In The Last Hunger Season, he illuminates the profound challenges these farmers and their families face, and follows them through the seasons to see whether, with a little bit of help from a new social enterprise organization called One Acre Fund, they might transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger.The daily dramas of the farmers’ lives unfold against the backdrop of a looming global challenge: to feed a growing population, world food production must nearly double by 2050. If these farmers succeed, so might we all.
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Author: David O. Brink

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 019165230X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

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In Mill's Progressive Principles David Brink provides a systematic reconstruction and assessment of John Stuart Mill's contributions to the utilitarian and liberal traditions, examining his first principles and their application to issues of representative democracy and sexual equality. Brink defends novel interpretations of key elements in Mill's moral and political philosophy, including his concepts of motivation, happiness, duty, proof, harm and the harm principle, freedom of expression, anti-paternalism, representative democracy and weighted voting, and sexual equality. However, the most distinctive aspect of this account of Mill's commitments is the case it makes for a perfectionist reading of his conception of happiness and the significance this has for other aspects of his moral and political philosophy. On this perfectionist conception, the chief ingredients of happiness involve the exercise of a person's capacities for practical deliberation and decision that mark us as progressive beings. Once this perfectionist theme is made explicit, it can be shown to be central to Mill's views about utilitarianism, liberalism, rights, democratic government, and sexual equality.
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How a Crisis Transformed Lloyd's of London

Author: Andrew Duguid

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137299304

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 382

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Huge losses very nearly destroyed Lloyd's, a revered British institution, the world's largest insurance market. Ten thousand people faced big personal bills they thought profoundly unfair. They challenged a complacent institution, forcing it to confront its biggest ever crisis. This book tells what really happened, from the inside.
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Louis P. Lochner in Berlin, 1922-1942

Author: Louis Paul Lochner,Morrell Heald

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781413435405

Category: History

Page: 528

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An Outsider's Inside View of Hitler's Germany Editor Morrell Heald brings to light unpublished letters of a foreign correspondent who learned to operate under Hitler's dictatorship Mitchellville, MD (Release Date TBD) Louis P. Lochner, a Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent, served in the Berlin Bureau of the Associated Press from 1924-42 and as Bureau Chief after 1928. Editor Morrell Heald shows how Lochner learned to operate under Hitler's dictatorship in Journalist at the Brink: Louis P. Lochner in Berlin, 1922-1942. This book sheds light on the social and diplomatic roles an able foreign correspondent played during the rise of Nazi Germany. It includes Lochner's on-the-ground observations of rising anti-Semitism and the German citizens' reaction to Kristallnacht. Journalist at the Brink contains selected and edited letters of Louis Lochner, a Milwaukee-born graduate of the University of Wisconsin, who headed the Berlin Bureau of the Associated Press during Hitler's rise to power and the outbreak of World War II. These previously unpublished letters provide the fullest description available of the life and work of an American foreign correspondent in the years leading up to and during World War II. Lochner's letters reveal not only the rich cultural and social life of pre-war Berlin, but also the behind-the-scenes nature of a journalist's work. Lochner never believed that most Germans had become anti-Semites, or that they were enthusiastic supporters of Hitler and the Nazis. Lochner's letters and the views they reveal can be seen as forerunners of the work of current war correspondents "embedded" with American armed forces overseas. Thought-provoking and informative, Journalist at the Brink gives an outsider's inside view of Hitler's Germany. Through Lochner's letters, readers feel the rising "tension accompanying his efforts to cover news, maintain journalistic objectivity, and preserve a semblance of calm family life." His family letters, from which this book is drawn, overflow with reports of Berlin's social and political life, recording the growing threats in one of the twentieth century's most dangerous trouble spots. For a copy of this fascinating book, just log on at Xlibris.com or visit your nearest book retailer today. Buy a copy and learn about Berlin as Hitler rose to power and the groundwork for World War II was laid. About the Author Morrell Heald is Knight Professor Emeritus of Humanities and American Studies at Case Western Reserve University, where he served as Chairman of Interdisciplinary Studies and American Studies. He was Visiting Professor of Humanities at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1966-67. His publications include, The Social Responsibilities of Business: Company and Community, 1900-1960 (Cleveland, 1970); Culture and Diplomacy: the American Experience, with Lawrence S. Kaplan (Greenwich, CT, 1977), and Transatlantic Vistas: American Journalists in Europe, 1900-1940 (Kent, OH, 1989).
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America on the Brink

Author: Bruce Judson

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061959650

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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In It Could Happen Here, Bruce Judson, author of Go It Alone!, explains why revolution is possible in the United States—and makes the most disturbing case yet for why our economics are leading us inevitably toward a just such a crisis. Underscoring the historically dangerous levels of inequality in our country today, It Could Happen Here “will cause you to think about the risks for a nation divided between haves and have nots.” (Walter Isaacson)
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