Wednesday, October 05, 2005

week 1 resources

Week 1 Resources: here are links to a number of interesting articles concerning the economic state of our nation and world.

http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/econ101/globalization072000.html -- an article on race, poverty, and globalization. Author sets forth the common argument that the world is only becoming a better place for those who already live the good life. The poor and destitute, on the other hand (which he speaks of especially in terms of race), are getting poorer and poorer.

http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/econ101/americanDream.html -- in its own words, this article examines “how the globalization of the economy undermines the quality of life in the United States.” Says some things about fewer and fewer corporations controlling more and more of the world’s resources (Erin).

http://www.thenation.com/doc/19991206/levinson -- reviews a book about the growing inequality that has resulted from various global economic trends.

http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun04/discontents.html -- psychologists’ perspective on why people spend money the way they do…this will be especially interesting to those of us looking at what drives American consumerism.

http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/income.html -- article by Bill Moyers with interesting and helpful figures on wealth distribution in other countries.

http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/courses/geog100/SolidWaste-Consume.htm -- Argues that consumerism, driven (it is argued) by capitalism, contributes to all kinds of environmental and waste problems. For our purposes, there are some interesting thoughts on “tactics that capitalists use to generate consumerism.” There may be some links concerning impulse buying and how certain marketing techniques drive consumerism (Mike).

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0402-22.htm -- interesting article about “Black America” (author’s phrase), conspicuous consumption, and white supremacy. Thought it might be particularly interesting to Paul.

http://economics.about.com/cs/moffattentries/a/us_and_japan.htm -- an article discussing the spending habits of two economic powerhouses—America and Japan.

http://www.rationalrevolution.net/war/understanding_the_real_factors_b.htm -- discusses “the real factors behind the American economy,” as in why it dominates the world. Seems fairly simple and non-scholarly, but it may be helpful info.

http://www.seedsofpeace.org/site/PageServer?pagename=lpuht01econ -- argues that global economic disparity fuels violence, hatred, and acts of terror. This one also seems fairly simplistic and doesn’t back up all its assumptions, but it's worth a look.

I’ll add more analysis soon, but here are some resources for you to check out.

2 Comments:

At 10:52 PM, Blogger E-Dubya said...

Michael
Thanks for pointing out which articles/books would help whichever one of us in the group's personal interest/niche. You cited some good racism stuff, especially the two articles from GlobalExchange. I also liked that you cited articles that pointed out the greater and greater disparity between the poor and rich. I think that should be a focus for us. Maybe even for media to see what consumer products focus on which demographics.

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Mike Encoe said...

I think one of the interesting things that was mentioned in one of these sites was job outsourcing. i think it will be interesting to see what role that plays in american economy. I don't know why i didn't think of it earlier, my dad's job is getting outsourced. This link was discussing how the outsourcing of jobs will decrease big company tax money and will be harder on the american government and that companies aren't national anymore. I wonder what role this will play in global economics.

 

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