Thursday, October 20, 2005

week 4 resources

I'm trying the link thing, but also leaving the addresses in length in case it doesn't work. -- New World -- an article by N.T. Wright on Jesus, Paul, politics, and the New World. I will be dealing more in depth with Wright’s stuff sometime in the next few weeks. Nice, simple introduction to some of his thinking. -- Free Market by Murray Rothband . . . for beginners like me, this is a great introduction to the whole idea of a Free-Market System. Rothband, former economics professor at UNLV, is an outspoken proponent of this system. In my opinion he is overly idealist in his assessment of various systems, but the article is very helpful nonetheless. -- “capitalism” by Richard Hooker, an historical assessment of capitalism . . . distinguishes capitalism as a practice from capitalism as a way of life, noting characteristics of each. -- “Consumerism and the New Capital” . . . Mike, you might want to check this out; it talks about the media, advertisement, etc., and its effects on people. -- “Capitalism” by Robert Hessen, professor of business and economics at Stanford. A good introduction to the history of capitalism in America, with interesting comments about big businesses and market competition. -- “What is a free market system?” -- Short introduction to the free market system; argues that ours isn’t a true free market system, because the government regulates some of what happens economically. -- “The Free Markey System” – mildly helpful article on the free market system. -- What is the Free Market and Who Cares? By Butler Shaffer. -- Shaffer discusses the Wal-Mart issue from a positive perspective. Many of his comments are in response to critiques he received of a previous article in which he chided the anti-Wal-Mart movement. -- capitalism slideshow -- an interesting slideshow tour that deals with various economic issues as well as others. Helpful only in that it basically lists numerous assumptions of a certain branch of economic thinking. -- job loss -- who's to blame? -- article on the problem of job less . . . attacks the idea the outsourcing is the primary (or even a major?) culprit in the widescale loss of jobs. He instead places the blame on technological innovation . . . his solution to those who lose their jobs—do what it takes to find another one. Life just isn’t always that simple.