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The politically incorrect guide to capitalism

Author: Robert P Murphy
Publisher: Washington, DC : Regnery Pub. ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, ©2007.
Series: Politically incorrect guide.
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An irreverent look at capitalism that exposes common fallacies and offers simple explanations of complex issues related to capitalism and its role in the world's economy.
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert P Murphy
ISBN: 9781596985049 1596985046
OCLC Number: 79860752
Description: xii, 206 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Quiz : are you a capitalist pig? --
ch. 1. Capitalism, profits, and entrepreneurs --
So what is capitalism anyway? --
Laissez-faire versus regulation --
Free to starve? --
Mass production for the masses --
Central planning versus the "anarchy" of production --
We won the Cold War! Or did we? --
ch. 2. The price is right (by definition) --
Prices are signals --
The big fuss over "Big oil" --
Running out of gas --
Rent control)or, How to destroy a neighborhood) --
ch. 3. Labor pains --
Baseball players make more than teachers! Where are our priorities? --
Even bad CEOs deserve the big bucks --
Child labor laws are unnecessary --
The minimum wage (or, How to create unemployment) --
Unions hurt the working man --
Give me a break! --
ch. 4. The case against anti-discrimination laws --
The free market's "racist fee" --
Discrimination is bad for business --
The "discriminating" customer --
Private property and the freedom of association --
There's nothing "affirmative" about affirmative action --
So every thing's hunky-dory? ch. 5. Slavery : product of capitalism or government? --
Government protects slavery --
Slavery was declining before state interference --
Slavery : immoral, yes, but also inefficient! --
The rising price of slaves --
If slavery is so inefficient, then why did it exist at all? --
ch. 6. How capitalism will save the environment --
Rhinos versus cows --
Conservation for whom? --
We'll cross that bridge when we get to it --
The ultimate bet : Ehrlich bombs --
Recycle? Or dump? --
The pollution of activist government --
ch. 7. Ensuring safety: the market or big brother? --
There's always a trade-off --
Market safety --
The regulators : third-party guarantors --
Is there a doctor in the house? --
Safety : taking it to the streets --
Good intentions with deadly consequences --
ch. 8. Settling debts --
Deficits don't cause inflation --
Deficits crowd out private investment --
Raising taxes isn't "responsible" --
Burdening our grandchildren? --
Reagan's record --
Clinton's budget. ch. 9. Money and banking --
Barter is barbarous --
Nobody invented money --
We're from the government and we're here to help --
Printing more money makes prices rise --
Banking basics --
"Wildcat" banking --
ch. 10. Growing pains --
The business cycle : courtesy of the government --
The "progressive" Herbert Hoover --
The New Deal didn't fix the Depression --
Did World War II get us out of the Depression? --
The whole is not the sum of the parts --
ch. 11. Bread and circuses : popular government programs --
NASA : needlessly dangerous --
Outer space : too big for the private sector? --
Capitalists : just out for a buck? --
LBJ's war on taxpayers --
Sacrosanct Social Security --
ch. 12. Running government like a business --
Profits versus bureaucracy --
Amtrak --
Going postal over poor service --
Public utilities --
Government in a jam --
ch. 13. Trusting the feds on antitrust --
The myth of the robber barons --
The infamous case of Standard Oil --
The case against antitrust --
The case for Microsoft. ch. 14. Trade wars --
Tariffs are taxes on Americans --
Protecting jobs? --
Classical wisdom --
Debunking the deficit --
The trade deficit : follow the money --
ch. 15. Making money in the global village --
Manufacturing a crisis --
Outsourcing destroys jobs? --
Outsourcing makes America richer --
The high-tech sector : another phony crisis --
Capital export is a capital idea --
We're from the world government and we're here to help --
ch. 16. The investor class : in other words, you and me --
Interest : sooner is better than later --
The importance of middlemen --
The farsighted speculator --
Futures and other derivatives : to each according to his ability --
Raiders of the lost corporation --
A twelve-step plan for understanding the free market --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
Series Title: Politically incorrect guide.
Responsibility: Robert P. Murphy.
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