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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.

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.

Viking Economics

Viking Economics

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

  • Author: George Lakey
  • Publisher: Melville House
  • ISBN: 1612195377
  • 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.

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!

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.

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.

The Age of Social Democracy

The Age of Social Democracy

Norway and Sweden in the Twentieth Century

  • Author: Francis Sejersted,Madeleine B. Adams
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 0691147744
  • Category: History
  • Page: 543
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This is the history of how two countries on the northern edge of Europe built societies in the twentieth century that became objects of inspiration and envy around the world. Francis Sejersted, one of Scandinavia's leading historians, tells how Norway and Sweden achieved a rare feat by realizing grand visions of societies that combine stability, prosperity, and social welfare. It is a history that holds many valuable lessons today, at a time of renewed interest in the Scandinavian model. The book tells the story of social democracy from the separation of Norway and Sweden in 1905 through the end of the century, tracing its development from revolutionary beginnings through postwar triumph, as it became a hegemonic social order that left its stamp on every sector of society, the economy, welfare, culture, education, and family. The book also tells how in the 1980s, partly in reaction to the strong state, a freedom and rights revolution led to a partial erosion of social democracy. Yet despite the fracturing of consensus and the many economic and social challenges facing Norway and Sweden today, the achievement of their welfare states remains largely intact.

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.

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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Who Really Cares

Who Really Cares

The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism -- America's Charity Divide--Who Gives, Who Do

  • Author: Arthur C. Brooks
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • ISBN: 0465003656
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 272
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We all know we should give to charity, but who really does? In his controversial study of America's giving habits, Arthur C. Brooks shatters stereotypes about charity in America-including the myth that the political Left is more compassionate than the Right. Brooks, a preeminent public policy expert, spent years researching giving trends in America, and even he was surprised by what he found. In Who Really Cares, he identifies the forces behind American charity: strong families, church attendance, earning one's own income (as opposed to receiving welfare), and the belief that individuals-not government-offer the best solution to social ills. But beyond just showing us who the givers and non-givers in America really are today, Brooks shows that giving is crucial to our economic prosperity, as well as to our happiness, health, and our ability to govern ourselves as a free people.

A farewell to Marx

A farewell to Marx

an outline and appraisal of his theories

  • Author: David Conway
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 230
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Manipulism and the Weapon of Guilt

Manipulism and the Weapon of Guilt

Collectivism Exposed

  • Author: Mikkel Clair Nissen
  • Publisher: Mikkel Clair Nissen
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: 140
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Manipulism and the Weapon of Guilt: Collectivism Exposed is the utmost controversial exposé and carefully detailed description of the awful emotional mind game that facilitates communism, socialism, and social-liberalism, known as collectivism. The book exposes Denmark, the supposed happiest nation on earth, for what it truly is: collectivism's biggest propaganda hoax. Danish author Mikkel Clair Nissen tells the hidden facts and realities of life in Denmark’s democratic-socialism that they never want you to know.

Resurrecting Marx

Resurrecting Marx

Analytical Marxists on Exploitation, Freedom and Justice

  • Author: David Gordon
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351493140
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 160
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The last two decades have seen Marxism's academic renascence. In fields as diverse as law, literary criticism, history, and philosophy, Marxism once again captivates no small number of scholars. In part, this reassessment is driven by the efforts of a group of philosophers and economists to reconstruct Marx from the ground up on a more rigorous basis. The work of these "Analytical Marxists" — who include G.A. Cohen, Jon Elster, and John Roemer — is given a sustained examination and critique in David Gordon's Resurrecting Marx. The charge of the Analytical Marxists that capitalism is inherently exploitative and unjust is the primary subject of Gordon's book. Gordon takes issue with that contention; he argues that the Analytical Marxists' withering criticism of classical Marxism is essentially correct, but that they fail to replace it with a superior theoretical edifice. Gordon also analyzes the Analytical Marxists' reformulation of the Marxian notion of exploitation, the implications of their rejection of the labor theory of value, their differences over what rights people have, and their arguments for the compatibility of markets with socialism.

The Predator State

The Predator State

How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too

  • Author: James Galbraith
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 141656683X
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 221
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A progressive economist challenges popular conservative-minded economic practices, in a scathing critique of Reagan-Bush policies that contends that the political right is misrepresenting the consequences of free-market and free-trade ideals. 50,000 first printing.

Public Choice

Public Choice

A Primer

  • Author: Eamonn Butler
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780255366779
  • Category: Economics
  • Page: 131
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See No Evil

See No Evil

19 Hard Truths the Left Can't Handle

  • Author: Joel Pollak
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1621574342
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 256
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Liberals take great pride in their supposed open-mindedness. Yet when it comes to hot-button issues like radical Islam, global warming, and abortion, “open-minded” liberals go to great lengths to discredit and suppress the ideas of their opponents. Breitbart senior editor Joel Pollak exposes the nineteen key ideas that today’s liberals are desperate to suppress, revealing the blatant hypocrisy of left-wing leaders and pundits who preach tolerance but practice intolerance.

23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

  • Author: Ha-Joon Chang
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 9781608193585
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 304
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Thing 1: There is no such thing as free market. Thing 4: The washing machine has changed the world more than the Internet. Thing 5: Assume the worst about people, and you get the worst. Thing 13: Making rich people richer doesn't make the rest of us richer. If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan. Chang, the author of the international bestseller Bad Samaritans, is one of the world's most respected economists, a voice of sanity-and wit-in the tradition of John Kenneth Galbraith and Joseph Stiglitz. 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism equips readers with an understanding of how global capitalism works-and doesn't. In his final chapter, "How to Rebuild the World," Chang offers a vision of how we can shape capitalism to humane ends, instead of becoming slaves of the market.

Why We Can't Afford the Rich

Why We Can't Afford the Rich

  • Author: Sayer, Andrew
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • ISBN: 1447320867
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 448
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"Exposes the unjust and dysfunctional mechanisms that allow the top 1% to siphon off wealth produced by others, through the control of property and money." --Back Cover.