WEALTH & POWER
SO 472/EC 472/HO 478L
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
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"
2. What Is Fair Compensation for Workers?
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:
Holly Sklar on CEO pay
Dollars & Sense "Answer Man" on the significance of inequality.
Institutes and Research Centers on Inequality and Poverty:
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
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
the Bush Administration Knew about Terrorist Attacks before 9-11-01
WHAT WEALTH MEANS
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
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
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.