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Actually I find the economic perspective the most interesting, because it attacks economics on its own grounds.
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And each of these perspectives comes to the same conclusion, which is that our global economy is out of control and performing contrary to basic principles of market economics.
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As long as you have a system that is based on the rational that if you are making money you are thereby making a contribution to society, these financial rogue practices will continue.
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Because many parts of the world are in such chaos, the US is perceived as a refuge.
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But in the past, US companies have been able to increase their profits through downsizing in the US, through colonizing other people's resources, and through the increase of globalization.
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But we can also take the radical view that the test of an economy has to do with the extent to which it is providing everybody with a decent means of living.
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Capitalism and the market are presented as synonymous, but they are not. Capitalism is both the enemy of the market and democracy.
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Capitalism is not about free competitive choices among people who are reasonably equal in their buying and selling of economic power, it is about concentrating capital, concentrating economic power in very few hands using that power to trash everyone who gets in their way.
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Europeans say they are proud of their social fabric, of strong rights for workers and the weak in society.
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Global competition is about winners and losers.
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I am in favor of increased communication and cooperation between countries, but it is more important that each country becomes responsible for its own actions, its own communities, its own economies, before starting to integrate in large regional or global supranational organizations.
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If I would need to make a prediction I still believe Kaplan's scenario is very plausible.
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If you look at the US economy over the last 15-20 years wages have been stagnating or even declining.
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If you look internationally over the last 50 years there have been improvements in the third world, but in the last 20 years the reverse has happened, with debt crises and increased poverty.
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In a world of increasing inequality, the legitimacy of institutions that give precedence to the property rights of "the Haves" over the human rights of "the Have Nots" is inevitably called into serious question.
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In order to find solutions to the increased poverty around the world, it is absolutely essential to keep the bigger picture in mind.
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In the US, most progressives start to see the differences between internationalism and economic globalization.
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It is interesting to note that the 200 richest people have more assets than the 2 billion poorest.
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It will take some time before a politician will capture the imagination of the American people and have the vision and understanding to do what is necessary for a better future for the people of America and the world.
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Money flows into the US, and inflates US assets, and allows the US to have a monstrous trade deficit. That means we are consuming more than we are producing.
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Money is a mechanism for control.
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Money is not wealth. Money is a claim on wealth.
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More and more surveys in the US are indicating a change in values taking place among consumers, who become more concerned about quality of life, food, health and the environment.
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More humane societies are usually smaller, like the Scandinavian countries and Holland, where it is much easier to reach consensus and cooperation.
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Moreover, statistics can be deceiving: the growth of jobs in the US in the 90s was due to many part-time jobs, with no benefits and generally low pay.
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My claim is that we do not have a market economy, but a capitalist economy.
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My own experience in the third world was that even if people started to make more money, the cost of living and housing increased often faster than the wages.
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Not exclusively, but the bulk of our local economy should be covered by local currencies, which is more efficient than having global currencies which lose connection with reality in the markets, shops and communities of the people.
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Real wealth is in food, fertile land, buildings, or other things that sustain us.
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So, there is enormous instability in the global economy with a shift of winners and losers.
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The EU will face problems similar to the US: an increasing gap between the citizens and decision makers in Brussels and a perceived or even real lack of democracy.
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The fact is that these bankers and traders are taking claims of wealth out of the system; they are not doing any productive work.
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The first principle of the market economy is that it is comprised of many small buyers and sellers, which implies a substantial degree of equity. Another fundamental market principle is that costs are internalized in the producer's price.
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The most dramatic indicator is the increase in inequality: the ratio of income of the wealthiest 20% to the poorest 20% was 30:1 in 1960; it was 61:1 in 1991; by 1994 it went up to 78:1.
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The professional study of economics has become ideological brainwashing. It is a defense of the excesses of the capitalist system.
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There are actually very few US politicians who have integrity and vision.
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There is a huge shift taking place in the global awareness in the last 5 years with strong views about globalization and the power structures of major corporations.
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There is no visible sign that the current politicians in the US are willing to see the need for change.
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Wall Street sees a social fabric or social contract as inefficiencies, which need to be removed.
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We are being told that globalism is the key to economic progress and efficiency and the triumph of the market over communism.
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We should be moving toward local currencies not global or European currencies.
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What I would tell the Europeans, but also the Asians and the Latin Americans, is: keep the excesses of Wall Street out of your system.
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Whether GDP goes up or down is irrelevant to the things we should be caring about.
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