WEALTH & POWER
SO 472/EC 472/HO 478L

Syllabus 2006

Essay #1 2006 Due Thursday, Sept. 21

Essays 2-3 2006
    Essay #2 is due Thursday, Oct. 5
    Essay #3 is due Thursday, Oct. 26

Essay #4

Essay #5

References in all papers and exams should be properly cited and listed.  You can use the established format of your choice.  The APA format is available at this link.  The APA format for electronic citations is available at this link.  The library and the Writing Center have guidelines for using both the APA format and the MLA format.

An article about Nobel Economics Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz and World Bank and IMF policies

Z Magazine's WTO Primer

Commentaries and historical background on the 9/11 attacks

Robert Scheer, "Bush's Faustian Deal with the Taliban"

NOTES on VARIOUS LECTURES and DISCUSSIONS

1.  An Introduction to the Concept of "Power"

      Participating in Exploitation
 
     Competition

2.  What Is Fair Compensation for Workers?

3.  INEQUALITY
     What It Takes to Survive in Denver.
     Also, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of new Census Bureau data on inequality.
     For more information about income and wealth inequality:
     www.commondreams.org/headlines01/0831-03.htm
     Holly Sklar on CEO pay
     Dollars & Sense "Answer Man" on the significance of inequality.
     Institutes and Research Centers on Inequality and Poverty:
         www.inequality.org
         www.epinet.org   Economic Policy Institute
         www.ssc.wisc.edu/irp   Institute for Research on Poverty

4.  On Individualism: Individualism and the Social Contract

5.  Objectivity and Subjectivity

6.  Are Capitalists Greedy?

7.  Robert Pollin on the "Natural Rate" of inflation (Current Economic Issues, 8th Edition, Chapter 5, Article 20).

8. Structuralism versus Instrumentalism

9. Why Think Tanks Got Started

10. Notes on Tax, Welfare, and Environmental Policies
        Democracy and Capitalism
        Taken for a Ride

11.  Militarism and War

       Military Spending in the U.S.

        "Arms for the Poor" (closely paraphrased transcript)

        World War II, U.S. Arms Dealing and Foreign Policy

      An article from Znet on Blair, Bush, democracy, militarism and uncritical media by John Pilger: "The Blair Doctrine: Blood & Money."

        War and National Interests

12. Globalization:
       "Trading Democracy"

        What Free Trade Means

        How NAFTA Works

13. Public Opinion
        "Toxic Sludge Is Good for You"

        The Importance of Journalistic Professionalism

14. The Conflict of Interest between Small Business and Giant Corporations

15. What the Bush Administration Knew about Terrorist Attacks before 9-11-01
     
Backyard Terrorism

WHAT WEALTH MEANS
       
Preface
        Chapter One: Objectivity, Bias and Standpoint
        Chapter Two: Private Property
             Private Property Issues
        Chapter Three: Wealth and Money
            Money and Value
        Chapter Four: Capital, Commodities and Markets
        The Context for Capital

  
EVALUATING SOURCES

CONTEXT AND COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS in the EVALUATION OF SOURCES

PARENTI, Chapter 8: "Criminal Justice"
   
A case study of FBI disruption of student activism: The Free Speech Movement at Berkeley.

Elite Democracy Theory

Various Marxist analyses of capitalist economic crises.
There's also a good bit of material at this web site, from mainstream and radical sources, on the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.