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Scandinavian Unexceptionalism

Scandinavian Unexceptionalism

Culture, Markets and the Failure of Third-Way Socialism

  • Author: Nima Sanandaji
  • Publisher: Do Sustainability
  • ISBN: 0255367066
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: N.A
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This book is important to help an international audience understand the cultural peculiarities behind the Scandinavian “success story”. It is also vital that Scandinavians themselves read this book to help them understand the market reforms that are essential for a successful future.

Nordic Capitalisms and Globalization

Nordic Capitalisms and Globalization

New Forms of Economic Organization and Welfare Institutions

  • Author: Peer Hull Kristensen,Kari Lilja
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199594538
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 300
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Through detailed case studies of Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, this book investigates how and why welfare services, active labour market institutions, and public policies were re-combined to stimulate innovation and growth in the Nordic countries, and signals the lessons that can be learned by others.

Out of Work

Out of Work

Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America

  • Author: Richard K Vedder,Lowell E. Gallaway
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 0814788335
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 408
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Redefining the way we think about unemployment in America today, Out of Work offers devastating evidence that the major cause of high unemployment in the United States is the government itself. An Independent Institute Book

Debunking Utopia

Debunking Utopia

Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism

  • Author: Nima Sanandaji
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781944229399
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 240
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At first glance, Nordic countries seem to have everything liberals want to see in America: equal income distribution, good health, low levels of poverty, and thriving economies, all co-existing with big welfare states. By copying Nordic policies, many in the American left hope to transform America to a similar socialist "utopia." In"Debunking Utopia"," "Swedish author Nima Sanandaji explains why this is all wishful thinking. He systematically proves that the high levels of income equality, high lifespans and other signs of social success in the Nordics all predate the expansion of the welfare state. If anything, the Nordic countries reached their peak during the mid-twentieth century, when they had low taxes and small welfare states. Perhaps most astonishing are his findings that Nordic-Americans consistently outperform their cousins who live across the ocean. People of Nordic descent who live under the American capitalist system not only enjoy higher levels of income, but also a lower level of poverty than the citizens of the Nordic countries themselves."

The Almost Nearly Perfect People

The Almost Nearly Perfect People

Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

  • Author: Michael Booth
  • Publisher: Picador
  • ISBN: 1250061970
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 400
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NAMED THE #1 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, A WITTY, INFORMATIVE, AND POPULAR TRAVELOGUE ABOUT THE SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES AND HOW THEY MAY NOT BE AS HAPPY OR AS PERFECT AS WE ASSUME Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another. Why are the Danes so happy, despite having the highest taxes? Do the Finns really have the best education system? Are the Icelanders as feral as they sometimes appear? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastic oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes? In The Almost Nearly Perfect People Michael Booth explains who the Scandinavians are, how they differ and why, and what their quirks and foibles are, and he explores why these societies have become so successful and models for the world. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterized by suffocating parochialism, and populated by extremists of various shades. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn't easy being Scandinavian.

The Problem with Socialism

The Problem with Socialism

  • Author: Thomas DiLorenzo
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1621575977
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 256
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A book to challenge the status quo, spark a debate, and get people talking about the issues and questions we face as a country!

A Renegade History of the United States

A Renegade History of the United States

  • Author: Thaddeus Russell
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1416576134
  • Category: History
  • Page: 400
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Aruges that criminals, prostitutes, rebels and other people on the fringes of society were largely responsible for such American achievements as the American Revolution, labor unions, women's liberation, the fall of the Soviet Union, gay rights and much more. By the author of Out of the Jungle: Jimmy Hoffa and the Re-Making of the American Working Class.

The Real North Korea

The Real North Korea

Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia

  • Author: Andrei Lankov
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199390037
  • Category: HISTORY
  • Page: 315
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After providing an accessible history of the nation, the author turns his focus to what North Korea is, what its leadership thinks and how its people cope with living in such an oppressive and poor place, arguing that North Korea is not irrational, but rather a nation that has survived against all odds.

Excuse Me, Professor

Excuse Me, Professor

Challenging the Myths of Progressivism

  • Author: Lawrence W. Reed
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1621574660
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 256
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There's little truly "progressive" about Progressivism. True progress happens when humans are free, yet the Progressive agenda substantially diminishes freedom while promising the unachievable. Excuse Me, Professor provides a handy reference for anyone actively engaged in advancing liberty, with essential essays debunking more than 50 Progressive clichés. Does the free market truly ignore the poor? Are humans really destroying the Earth? Is the government truly the first best source to relieve distress? Compiled and edited by Lawrence W. Reed in collaboration with the Foundation for Economic Education and Young America's Foundation, this anthology is an indispensable addition to every freedom lover's arsenal of intellectual ammunition.

Utopian Road to Hell

Utopian Road to Hell

Elitists Enslaving the World with Central Planning

  • Author: William J Murray
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781935071341
  • Category:
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Myths and Facts

Myths and Facts

A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict

  • Author: Mitchell Geoffrey Bard
  • Publisher: A I C E
  • ISBN: 9780971294561
  • Category: History
  • Page: 328
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"Myths & Facts" offers documented historical facts about all aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict and has been updated for 2012 to include the latest information about Israel's security situation, the wars with Hezbollah and Hamas and the continued delegitimization of Israel on university campuses

Viking Economics

Viking Economics

How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too

  • Author: George Lakey
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781612196213
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 320
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Liberals worldwide invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most conservatives fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is impossible to replicate elsewhere. The US and UK are too big, or too individualistic, or too . . . something. In Viking Economics perhaps the most fun economics book you ve ever read George Lakey dispels these myths. He explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world s happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy."

Impeachable Offenses

Impeachable Offenses

The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office

  • Author: Aaron Klein,Brenda J. Elliott
  • Publisher: Wnd Books
  • ISBN: 9781938067198
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 336
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Argues for the impeachment of President Barack Obama and gives the support for doing do.

Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors, The

Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors, The

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • ISBN: 1610163583
  • Category:
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Fascism

Fascism

The Career of a Concept

  • Author: Paul E. Gottfried
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780875804934
  • Category:
  • Page: 256
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What does it mean to label someone a fascist? Today, it is equated with denouncing him or her as a Nazi. But as intellectual historian Paul E. Gottfried writes in this provocative yet even-handed study, the term's meaning has evolved over the years. Gottfried examines the semantic twists and turns the term has endured since the 1930s and traces the word's polemical function within the context of present ideological struggles. Like "conservatism," "liberalism," and other words whose meanings have changed with time, "fascism" has been used arbitrarily over the years and now stands for a host of iniquities that progressives, multiculturalists, and libertarians oppose, even if they offer no single, coherent account of the historic evil they condemn. Certain factors have contributed to the term's imprecise usage, Gottfried writes, including the equation of all fascisms with Nazism and Hitler, as well as the rise of a post-Marxist left that expresses predominantly cultural opposition to bourgeois society and its Christian and/or national components. Those who stand in the way of social change are dismissed as "fascist," he contends, an epithet that is no longer associated with state corporatism and other features of fascism that were once essential but are now widely ignored. Gottfried outlines the specific historical meaning of the term and argues that it should not be used indiscriminately to describe those who hold unpopular opinions. His important study will appeal to political scientists, intellectual historians, and general readers interested in politics and history.

Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion

Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion

  • Author: Jack Zipes
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135210292
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 272
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The fairy tale may be one of the most important cultural and social influences on children's lives. But until Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, little attention had been paid to the ways in which the writers and collectors of tales used traditional forms and genres in order to shape children's lives – their behavior, values, and relationship to society. As Jack Zipes convincingly shows, fairy tales have always been a powerful discourse, capable of being used to shape or destabilize attitudes and behavior within culture. For this new edition, the author has revised the work throughout and added a new introduction bringing this classic title up to date.

The Upside of Inequality

The Upside of Inequality

How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class

  • Author: Edward Conard
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0698409914
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 320
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The scourge of America’s economy isn't the success of the 1 percent—quite the opposite. The real problem is the government’s well-meaning but misguided attempt to reduce the payoffs for success. Four years ago, Edward Conard wrote a controversial bestseller, Unintended Consequences, which set the record straight on the financial crisis of 2008 and explained why U.S. growth was accelerating relative to other high-wage economies. He warned that loose monetary policy would produce neither growth nor inflation, that expansionary fiscal policy would have no lasting benefit on growth in the aftermath of the crisis, and that ill-advised attempts to rein in banking based on misplaced blame would slow an already weak recovery. Unfortunately, he was right. Now he’s back with another provocative argument: that our current obsession with income inequality is misguided and will only slow growth further. Using fact-based logic, Conard tracks the implications of an economy now constrained by both its capacity for risk-taking and by a shortage of properly trained talent—rather than by labor or capital, as was the case historically. He uses this fresh perspective to challenge the conclusions of liberal economists like Larry Summers and Joseph Stiglitz and the myths of “crony capitalism” more broadly. Instead, he argues that the growing wealth of most successful Americans is not to blame for the stagnating incomes of the middle and working classes. If anything, the success of the 1 percent has put upward pressure on employment and wages. Conard argues that high payoffs for success motivate talent to get the training and take the risks that gradually loosen the constraints to growth. Well-meaning attempts to decrease inequality through redistribution dull these incentives, gradually hurting not just the 1 percent but everyone else as well. Conard outlines a plan for growing middle- and working-class wages in an economy with a near infinite supply of labor that is shifting from capital-intensive manufacturing to knowledge-intensive, innovation-driven fields. He urges us to stop blaming the success of the 1 percent for slow wage growth and embrace the upside of inequality: faster growth and greater prosperity for everyone. From the Hardcover edition.

Sapiens

Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

  • Author: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Publisher: Signal
  • ISBN: 9780771038518
  • Category:
  • Page: 464
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Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective. 100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical -- and sometimes devastating -- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.

Mystifying the Monarch

Mystifying the Monarch

Studies on Discourse, Power, and History

  • Author: Jeroen Deploige,Gita Deneckere
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
  • ISBN: 9053567674
  • Category: History
  • Page: 296
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The power of monarchs has traditionally been as much symbolic as actual, rooted in popular imagery of sovereignty, divinity, and authority. In Mystifying the Monarch, a distinguished group of contributors explores the changing nature of that imagery—and its political and social effects—in Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day. They demonstrate that, rather than a linear progression where perceptions of rulers moved inexorably from the sacred to the banal, in reality the history of monarchy has been one of constant tension between mystification and demystification.