Recommend Robert Reich’s book Supercapitalism

I recommend people read “Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life” by Robert Reich. [1]

In particular, the book provides useful perspective regarding …

  • The extent to which corporations emphasize agendas other than ‘serve shareholders by being adequately profitable by providing customers low-cost products and services.’

  • The extent to which ‘interests other than corporations’ have influence in matters of public policy.

In both cases, a reader can be left with a conclusion of ‘not that much’ or ‘not as much as might be desirable.’

While primarily covering aspects of the evolution of capitalism and of the current situation, the book offers some concepts for potential change. For example, …

  • People need to think more clearly.

  • Some complexity (such as linking health insurance to employment and employers) should be undone.

I hope that people will think clearly about and address challenges the book suggests. Results could include.

  • People become more satisfied with life, based on some true progress.

  • People engage in practical politics and public policy that both ‘make a difference’ and fill in for activity that is, at best, being treated as low priority.

  • Democracy becomes reinvigorated.

I would like to thank Robert Reich and Michael Nacht for providing me a copy of this book. Michael presented copies of “Supercapitalism” and of David Kirp’s “The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics” [2] on October 18 to members of the Board of Advisors for the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. [3]

I would also like to thank Michael Nacht for inviting me to be a founding member of that Board of Advisors. Years ago, I suggested that faculty members might want to write more op-ed pieces. Such has occurred. At the recent meeting, I made suggestions to students who lead the producing of the magazine “PolicyMatters.” [4]

[1] http://www.amazon.com/Supercapitalism-Transformation-Business-Democracy-Everyday/dp/0307265617

[2] http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/KIRDOE.html

[3] http://gspp.berkeley.edu/academics/board.html

[4] http://www.policymatters.net/

May 1, 2008

Thomas J. Buckholtz, Robert Reich, James Lerager, Mary Harper

Thomas J. Buckholtz, Robert Reich, James Lerager, Mary Harper

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