Nation Reconciliation and Reconstruction

Resources for the Concerned Activist




Some of the subjects that may need to be discussed:

• Pre-capitalist societies and insights they provide into what many people living today regard as the rational way to run the economics of a society

• The relationship between groups that take advantage of others and social unrest. Corruption, etc.

• Money as a way of storing and accumulating the fruits of work.

• The use of money as capital permitting the establishment of firms.

• The functions of firms:
    ° To harvest the efforts of paid laborers
    ° To benefit the owners
    ° To provide for further investments
    ° To benefit laborers

• Employers and laborers are in a relationship analogous to relations among organism in long-term relationships studied in biology
    ° Some relationships are neutral and not significant (Rat snakes and garter  snakes might live in the same abandoned woodchuck burrows, for instance)
    ° In some relationships both parties benefit. (Symbiotic relationship)
    ° In some relationships one party benefits and the other is suffers attrition. (Parasitic relationship)
• Costs imposed on the general public by firms that pollute, etc.
    ° Tragedy of the commons
• The value creating (wealth creating) function of trade.

The whole situation is more complicated when trade is conducted between economies with higher living costs and higher salaries that import manufactured goods from economies that have lower living costs and lower salaries – particularly if the lower salaries are on the slave wages side.


The Everything Economics Book, by David A. Mayer, Adams Media, Avon, Massachusetts, 2010 [ External Reviews ]

This book is the best introduction I can imagine for beginning students of economics. It proceeds from concrete situations that readers will recognize from their own lives, and gives a balanced and objective explanation of how these basic interactions influence all the people involved. 

ISBN-13: 004-5079506022
ISBN-10: 1440506027

There are many sources on Amazon. The least expensive are used copies for around $2.00.

A book with deeper issues as its focus, less of a primer is:
Development as Freedom, Amartya Sen [External Reviews]]

Written from a historical point of view, this book gets high marks from reviewers:
The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers,  by Mark Skousen [External Reviews]

Other books that are sometimes listed by reviewers are discussed [here]

"Hunter-gatherers and the mythology of the market" by John Gowdy [here].

"Neuroscience Can Help Us Understand Social Transitions," by John Gowdy (RPI) [here].

"Industrial Revolution and the Standard of Living," by Clark Nardinelli (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) [here].

See additionally, commentaries 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.

See a spreadsheet that examines the profit margin and what can and cannot be done with it:

For Macintosh Numbers
For Microsoft Excel

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