A World of Wealth: How Capitalism Turns Profits into Progress (Google eBook)

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FT Press, May 8, 2008 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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 “Thomas Donlan’s defense of free market capitalism is especially timely today given all the pressures to regulate and stifle it. The anti-globalization movement wants more trade protectionism and less immigration. The global credit crisis is putting pressure on governments to bail out irresponsible lenders and borrowers at taxpayers’ expense. Instead, Donlan convincingly and clearly explains why we would all prosper more by doing all we can to make markets freer.”

—Ed Yardeni, President, Yardeni Research, Inc.

 

“Thomas Donlan reminds us all that capitalism is not simply one choice among different and equally valid economic systems, but instead that hard work and the accumulation of wealth is the natural tendency of successful people and healthy societies around the world.”

—Christopher Whalen, Managing Director, Institutional Risk Analytics

 

“It has been several decades since Joseph Schumpeter observed that the philosophical defense of a free-market economy must never cease. Thomas Donlan has taken up that challenge, but this clear-eyed book is much more than a defense. It is a magnificently constructed explanation of how the world works and why free-market capitalism continues to offer the greatest hope for solving our greatest challenges.”

—Carl J. Schramm, Ph.D., President, Kauffman Foundation

 

“The author brings to the table a healthy skepticism of the conventional wisdom, an admirable ability to separate fact from fancy, and an undisguised repugnance for the mumbo-jumbo that’s the curse of so much commentary on anything to do with economics or investment. A World of Wealth is not only a lively read, but an exceptionally enlightening and rewarding one to boot.”

—Alan Abelson, Barron’s Columnist

 

“With the facts of a primer laid out in the fast-paced narrative of a storyteller, Thomas Donlan’s A World of Wealth lucidly explains today’s marketplace. From the credit crisis to immigration and from oil prices to global warming, the book guides the reader through the economic issues of our day—jargon-free. It’s a fast, fun read that illuminates while it entertains.”

—Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University

 

“An indispensable—and highly readable—primer on how the economic world really works, whether politicians of both left and right want it to work that way or not. If it were required reading for all political reporters, they might do a lot more reporting and carry a lot less water in the process.”

—John Steele Gordon, Author of Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power

 

Acknowledgments xii

About the Author xiii

Introduction xv

 

Chapter 1: The Capitalist Answer to the “Energy Crisis”: Pay Higher Prices 1

Chapter 2: The Capitalist Approach to Environmental Pollution and Global Warming: Breathe Easy 23

Chapter 3: A Capitalist Prescription for Trade: Free Exchange Enriches Both Sides of Every Deal 43

Chapter 4: Capitalist Immigration Policy: Tear Down the Walls 65

Chapter 5: The Essential Elements of Capitalism: Investment and Invention 81

Chapter 6: The Capitalist Take on Taxes: Keep Taxes Low and Equal 93

Chapter 7: The Capitalist Struggle against Low Finance: Price Controls and Regulation Endanger the Free Market 113

Chapter 8: A Capitalist Diagnosis for the High Cost of Health Care: Pay What It’s Worth 131

Chapter 9: The Capitalist Approach to Retirement Security: It’s an Individual's Duty First 149

Chapter 10: A Capitalist Look at the Current Economy 169

Chapter 11: The Capitalist Quest for Productivity 185

 

Reading Further 201

Index 205

  

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Energetic defense of capitalism Journalist Thomas G. Donlan is one of the US's strongest advocates of capitalism. The editorial page editor of Barron's, he is a convinced, and often convincing ... Read full review

Contents

The Capitalist Answer to the Energy Crisis Pay Higher Prices
1
The Capitalist Approach to Environmental Pollution and Global Warming Breathe Easy
23
A Capitalist Prescription for Trade Free Exchange Enriches Both Sides of Every Deal
43
Capitalist Immigration Policy Tear Down the Walls
65
The Essential Elements of Capitalism Investment and Invention
81
The Capitalist Take on Taxes Keep Taxes Low and Equal
93
The Capitalist Struggle against Low Finance Price Controls and Regulation Endanger the Free Market
113
A Capitalist Diagnosis for the High Cost of Health Care Pay What Its Worth
131
The Capitalist Approach to Retirement Security Its an Individuals Duty First
149
A Capitalist Look at the Current Economy
169
The Capitalist Quest for Productivity
185
Reading Further
201
Index
205
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About the author (2008)

Thomas G. Donlan is Editorial Page Editor at Barron’s National Business and Financial Weekly. For fifteen years, he has been writing in his Barron’s columns about the power of capitalism to solve society’s toughest problems. One of America’s best-known writers on issues related to the economy, politics, and investing, he is a frequently cited expert and guest in the nation’s major media.

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