Sharing the Wealth

Sharing the Wealth

Workers and the World Economy

Book - 1999
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Ethan Kapstein documents how the international economic order has torn huge holes in the welfare system, putting workers and the economy itself at risk.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1999.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780393047547
0393047547
Branch Call Number: 339/.2/Kap 6173cg 1
Characteristics: 224 p.

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stewstealth
Nov 16, 2016

I was expecting a screed but the book was generally well balanced. There were some simplistic explorations of the "issues" as well as not much for a solution. Dragging out quotes by famous people to reinforce your point is not a quantitative approach. The fact that what defines the the poverty line is in constant flux means you cannot really compare across timelines. Overall a readable book that asks some very poignant questions especially in light of the recent USA election.

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dirtbag1
Aug 06, 2012

A compelling and well written short book. It outlines who are the winners and losers in the New World Order. As well it offers ways and means to 'share the wealth'. The weak link of course is somehow convincing the 'winners' to share. My question throughout this book was, 'why should they'? If you are wealthy and getting wealthier at the expense of everybody else what is the problem? It seems that the Bretton Woods conference so many years ago that suggested a global economy did so when it was a different world. Just population pressures now make it almost irrelevant. We can't feed, house, and keep most of the world healthy and we have a global system that treats these issues simply as externalities.

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