[PDF.ePUB.MOBI] The Work of Nations Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism Author Robert B. Reich – serv3.3pub.co.uk

[PDF.ePUB.MOBI]  The Work of Nations Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism Author Robert B. Reich – serv3.3pub.co.uk [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Work of Nations Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism By Robert B. Reich – Serv3.3pub.co.uk There is no longer such a thing as an American economy say Robert Reich at the beginning of this brilliant book  What does it mean to be a nation when money goods and services know no borders  What There is no longer such a thing as of Nations Kindle Ñ an American economy say Robert Reich at the beginning of this brilliant book  What does it mean to be a nation when money goods and services know no borders  What skills will be the most valuable in the coming century And how can our country best ensure that all its citizen have a share in the new global economy  Robert B Reich the widely respected and bestselling The Work PDF or author of The Next American Frontier and The Resurgent Liberal defines the real challenge facing the United States in the st century in this trail blazing book  original readable and vastly informed The Work of Nations is certain to set a standard for the next generation of policy makers.


10 thoughts on “The Work of Nations Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism

  1. Mel Foster Mel Foster says:

    Reich writing in 1991 argues that we don't think properly about economic priorities in the modern global age being too stuck in metaphors or vestigial thinking as he calls it designed to describe systems of past generations He repeatedly argues that The skills of a nation's work force and the uality of its infrastructure are what makes it uniue and uniuely attractive in the world economy 264 Therefore he challenges the idea that ownership should determine whether a company is American or not Incidentally these arguments are probably even true today than then were nearly three decades agoWhile the examples and there are a pile of them may seem removed in time for us today most of the discussion in the book is astonishingly relevant Reich covers much ground than just economics including the proper goals of education what it means to be a nation what it means for a product or company to be American He writes for instanceAmerican owned firms were doing so much abroad and foreign owned firms so much here that by 1990 American consumers intent on improving the nation's trade balance would have done better to buy a Honda than a Pontiac Le Mans 134I enjoyed some of his discussion on education very much I used the following passages to discuss with my children the goals of science labs and English papers Reich identifies the symbolic analytic worker as the category as opposed to routine production services and in person services as the worker with the most potential for value and growth The formal education of an incipient symbolic analyst thus entails refining four basic skills abstraction system thinking experimentation and collaboration 229The student is taught to get behind the data to ask why certain facts have been selected why they are assumed to be important how they were deduced and how they might be contradicted The student learns to examine reality from many angles in different lights and thus to visualize new possibilities and choices The symbolic analytic mind is trained to be skeptical curious and creative 230There are some great discussions about the difference between consumption and investment when it comes to government spending He sees money spent on infrastructure and education as investment and different altogether in value from most other budgetary lines Good food for thought Reich is generally a very thoughtful and careful writer But occasionally there are some fuzzy spots such as when he says that In 1965 the nation I believe he means congress decided that all students ualified to attend college should have access to higher education Despite documenting some of the foolish and unintended outcomes of government regulation and restriction of the market he seems to have a very optimistic view of the good government can do He advocates a kind of 'GATT for direct investment'313 in which countries would voluntarily limit their sweet deals to corporations for the sake of the common good which seems likely to me to be undermined in a thousand ways He has an unbounded confidence that money euals results in public education And he believes that a properly progressive tax can solve nearly all the financial ills of any country While he makes some important observations by extrapolating changes to the taxes of the wealthiest Americans out to their financial value over many years I am confident that without strong boundaries on spending all that too could be piddled away by our national government He mentions the need for restraint with categories such as military but his real passion is for a progressive income tax While I found this book interesting I found it slower going than many books I believe that was in part due to the mountain of examples Reich references regarding his points A few good uotesCapitalism unlike other ideologies is indifferent to the beliefs or pedigrees of its practitioners so long as they contribute to the bottom line 122It should be noted that the term labor shortage rarely means that workers cannot be found at any price Its real meaning is that desired workers cannot be found at the price that employers and customers wish to pay 286The media carefully avoid complex explanations and context for fear that their harried listeners and readers will seek entertaining diversion 290We are after all citizens as well as economic actors; we may work in markets but we live in societies 304History offers ample warning of how zero sum nationalismcan corrode public values to the point where citizens support policies which marginally improve their own welfare while harming everyone else on the planet 306Technologies are not commodities for which world demand is finite nor do they come in fixed uantities 307Those who aim to reform the world in one fell sweep often have difficulty signing up credulous recruits 311Human capital unlike physical of financial capital has no inherent bounds 312


  2. Papaphilly Papaphilly says:

    Very well written and thought provoking I read this one twenty years ago and have never forgotten it I do not agree with the main premise but it made me think and that is still important One of the early authors to note the knowledge economy and many of his prophecies have come to pass I found his discussion on education both illuminating and forethought long before it became the widely discussed subject of the last few years His discussion of American made is both very profound and spot onI also had much food for though on his discussion on labor shortage and I do agree with this assessmentOverall it is still a very relevant read and stands up from when it was published well This is a great jumping off point to the study of the global economy


  3. Thomas Ray Thomas Ray says:

    Blithering Reich thinks the winners in society are winners because they manipulate symbols No Bob The winners are winners because they've been cut in on the deal Wealth goes to those with wealth not those with exceptional skills Talented programmers have their projects cancelled their jobs outsourced to Asia Talented musicians starve People go to college because they're wealthy to a much greater degree than converselyIf you want to know economics read Joseph Stiglitz Thomas Piketty Muhammad Yunus Jack London The People of the Abyss The Strength of the Strong Even Mark Twain tongue far into cheek in Political Economy knows of how the world works More worldcatorgprofilesTom2718lists3


  4. Les Hollingsworth Les Hollingsworth says:

    Just as relevant today as it was the day it was written 26 years ago In fact the predictions are remarkable considering that they were made before the Internet was heavily commercialized All except one of Reich's forecasts have come to pass The one he missed on was the rise of Japan as a major economic challenger to the USA; missed that one by mile but nobody's perfect Ultimately this is a valuable and insightful read to understand that what we're seeing in the USA in 2017 was foreseeable and to a large extent Americans' own doing don't vote overfund bombs and underfund brains and allowing ourselves to be seduced by nostalgic stories of America's manufacturing greatness which neither could nor should return to name a few


  5. Chinthaka Kuruwita Chinthaka Kuruwita says:

    Wonderful book Explains why made in America is such an illusion because of the complexity of the world's supply chains Ford cars have as many Chinese parts in their engines as in any Japanese cars


  6. Kathy Kathy says:

    can't claim to have digested it all written in the early 90's therefore before 9 11 and the current Islamaphobiabut thought provoking and unbelievably timeless


  7. PhattandyPDX PhattandyPDX says:

    Robert Reich is the man; he’s committed his life to being an advocate for the working and middle classes


  8. Scott Scott says:

    This 1992 book by Robert B Reich a political economist at Harvard and a reputable policy wonk purports to be about economies and globalization but is in fact about new business models Reich lays out the case for globalization in a standard fashion and makes the case that American corporations aren't really American any no surprise at all to anyone who has worked in a multi billion dollar company recentlyReich is filled up with words like enterprise web and network but these concepts are jaded to anyone who has been reading Fast Company and Wired Magazine over the last 15 years in fact Reich is a legacy of the dotcom bust generation In this we have the advantage over him in that we can read his work looking for the hubris of the `new economists'Reich identifies 3 new key players in the business world These three are problem identifiers problem solvers and strategic brokers He believes fervently that these three types of job holders will exist in the network or enterprise web as independent agents making and shaking the world and being rewarded monetarily for it He for some unfathomable reason believes that these people will constitute a majority of the white collar workers and that everyone else will work at commoditized jobs In other words there will be some poor schmoes at the bottom whose access to the good life is increasingly marginalized The view that the people and companies who actually deliver day to day not the next keen iPod or Futon but the houses we live in the education of our children the gas we burn in our cars the organic food we eat the view that these people are no longer economically important is ludicrousI'll keep the book because of the excellent first third that talks you through the rise of Nationalism in economic terms its good history Otherwise this book is trendology or futurist prediction that misses the mark


  9. Alex Milledge Alex Milledge says:

    Robert Reich lays down the manifesto and framework for America's economy strategy for the coming century What is needed in America is a complete reshaping of its political imagination in order to see what is possible let alone survive America needs to shake off the harmful political and economic maxims that were indoctrinated by the Reagan administration trickle down economics no new taxes and elimination of state welfare services to create a society that is worth living in where all persons enjoy a decent standard of living This is one of the points Reich drives homeWhat I think needs to be done to America is suchComplete reshaping of higher education similar to the Napoleonic code free or lost cost university educationMore money going to k 12 educationUniversal health care dare I say nationalized health care?More funding to the social safety netReich's book is the sensible opinion in an age of deceit and false information about the dynamics of economics and society I wish I could see him run as president someday which be the only saving grace in what looks to be a cliff drop for America if it can't get its affairs in order


  10. Caleb Chamberlain Caleb Chamberlain says:

    Globalization is a hot topic; some see it as a good thing others think that it heralds the end of civilization as we know it these latter groups might be right than they know Reich takes a sort of middle ground in The Work of Nations


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