By William Greider
In his past bestsellers, Who Will inform the People and Secrets of the Temple, William Greider laid naked the interior workings of yankee politics and the Federal Reserve, revealing how they generally paintings opposed to the pursuits of the bulk. Now, in The Soul of Capitalism, Greider examines how the best wealth-creation engine within the background of the area is failing such a lot folks, why it has to be replaced, and the way intrepid pioneers are commencing to rework it.
Public outrage over crooked company officials, the looting of pension money, the defrauding of stockholders, and the wholesale firing of hardworking staff has reached a brand new excessive. yet Greider argues that our anger has deeper roots, as he analyzes how our relentless pursuit of unparalleled affluence has eroded family members existence, eaten away at our experience of private safety, corroded our groups, impoverished our religious lives, and devastated our ordinary surroundings. the answer, he contends, will come no longer from activist executive, the politics of the prior, or extra executive law (the ordinary reaction of liberals), yet from a primary realignment of energy that, he provides, is already below manner on many fronts.
The Soul of Capitalism exhibits us the place to discover the leverage for altering the procedure. Reformers look in superb style, from conservative company managers to small-town civic leaders, social agitators and ecologists, exertions leaders and farmers. Greider deals many up-and-running examples -- of staff changing into proprietors, of pension cash chickening out their capital from polluters, of small businesses studying the right way to function profitably whereas taking good care of staff and the surroundings, of governments reforming their public works.
Brilliantly perceptive and sweeping in its ambition, The Soul of Capitalism is usually hardheaded and useful as considered one of our such a lot eloquent populist spokesmen assures us why we aren't powerless. Greider illustrates how American capitalism might be aligned extra faithfully and obediently with what humans wish and want of their lives, with what American society wishes for a fit, balanced, and humane destiny. He proves that it truly is inside our strength to reinvent capitalism to make it paintings for us.
The Soul of Capitalism -- good, pragmatic, visionary, confident -- addresses the nation's so much pressing needs.
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