American Capitalism and the Changing Role of Government

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ABC-CLIO, 1999 - 134 ページ

The conventional wisdom has it that a balanced budget is the height of economic rationality, that social security should be privatized, and that most adult welfare recipients could and should get jobs. All our social and economic problems, we are told, are due to too much government; if we only left the American free enterprise system alone, the free market would heal all that ails our society and lead to lasting prosperity. Challenging these widespread stereotypes and myths, this book starts with the fundamental theory underlying capitalist ideology, showing that even in theory an unfettered free market cannot deal effectively with the many needs of a modern economy.

Our society has many social goals to which the great majority subscribe--goals such as sustained full employment, universal health care, and quality education for all. The free market will not, the author argues, bring us quality education for every American child, affordable universal health care, Social Security for the elderly, assistance for the poor, or protection of the environment. Only an active, participant government can affect positive change in such areas of social concern.

 

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2 Correct Economic Policy? Whats Good for the Goose Is Not Necessarily Good for the Gander
15
The Capitalist Experience
19
Poverty Amidst Plenty
25
Which Is Worse?
31
The Cure for Our Economic Ills?
41
Are We Going Broke?
51
Will It Be Here for Our Children?
57
Which Way Now?
69
A Social Responsibility or a Profitable Business?
81
We Cant Do Without It
101
More Economic Growth or a More Livable Planet? A Delicate Balance
107
The Price We Pay for Living in a Civilized Society
113
Are You Any Wiser Now That Youve Read This Book?
123
For Further Reading
127
Index
133
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HARRY G. SHAFFER is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Kansas. His ten published books include The Soviet Treatment of Jews (1974), Women in the Two Germanies: A Comparison of Socialist and Non-Socialist Society (1981) and The Soviet System in Theory and Practice: Selected Western and Soviet Views (1984).

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