Release on 2019-03-05 | by Leigh Phillips,Michal Rozworski
How the World's Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism
Author: Leigh Phillips,Michal Rozworski
Pubpsher: Verso Books
Category: Social Science
Since the demise of the USSR, the mantle of the largest planned economies in the world has been taken up by the likes of Walmart, Amazon and other multinational corporations For the left and the right, major multinational companies are held up as the ultimate expressions of free-market capitalism. Their remarkable success appears to vindicate the old idea that modern society is too complex to be subjected to a plan. And yet, as Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski argue, much of the economy of the West is centrally planned at present. Not only is planning on vast scales possible, we already have it and it works. The real question is whether planning can be democratic. Can it be transformed to work for us? An engaging, polemical romp through economic theory, computational complexity, and the history of planning, The People’s Republic of Walmart revives the conversation about how society can extend democratic decision-making to all economic matters. With the advances in information technology in recent decades and the emergence of globe-straddling collective enterprises, democratic planning in the interest of all humanity is more important and closer to attainment than ever before.
Luxuriate in five star hotels and walk down glamorous boulevards in huge cities where fashionably dressed citizens chase the yuan and where glitzy high rise projects dominate the skyline, as the author, Lin Sartori, shares the stories and photographs of her trip to The People's Republic of China. Transport back in time, in a slow train, through one of the minority provinces, passing pastures of river buffalo, majestic mountains, and farming communes that look, from a distance, like the terraced hills of Italy's countryside. The casual traveler can witness China dealing with food quality, environmental issues, basic hygiene, education, and routine medical care for those who have in the past taken a back seat to huge government projects. In this land of dichotomy, of the haves and the have nots, meet the new emerging middle class who lives in hope, watching proudly over their only child. View the world from the heights of the Great Wall and be amazed at an Emperors audacious army of Terracotta Warriors. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Chinas culture and landscapes. Join the adventure as Lin Sartori shares her daily experiences in her travel journal of The Peoples Republic of China, Beyond Research.
The World's Biggest Corporation in the Global Economy
Author: Stanley D. Brunn
Category: Business & Economics
Now that Wal-Mart has conquered the US, can it conquer the world? As Wal-Mart World shows, the corporation is certainly trying. For a number of years, Wal-Mart has been the largest company in the United States. Now, though, it is the largest company in the world. Its global labor practices and outsourcing strategies represent for many what contemporary economic globalization is all about. But Wal-Mart is not standing still, and is opening up stores everywhere. From Germany to Beijing to Mexico City to Tokyo, more than a billion shoppers can now hunt for bargains at a Wal-Mart superstore. Wal-Mart World is the first book to look at this incredibly important phenomenon in global perspective, with chapters that range from its growth in the US and impact on labor relations here to its fortunes overseas. How Wal-Mart manages this transition in the near future will play a significant role in the determining the character of the global economy. Wal-Mart World's impressively broad scope makes it necessary reading for anyone interested in the global impact of this economic colossus.
Release on 2014-11-06 | by Paul Zane Pilzer,Rick Lindquist
Why It's Good for You and Your Company
Author: Paul Zane Pilzer,Rick Lindquist
Pubpsher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
How to save 20 to 60 percent on health insurance! The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance is a comprehensive guide to utilizing new individual health plans to save 20 to 60 percent on health insurance. This book is written to ensure that you, your family, and your company get your fair share of the trillions of dollars the U.S. government will spend subsidizing individual health insurance plans between now and 2025. You will learn how to navigate the Affordable Care Act to save money without sacrificing coverage, and how to choose the plan that offers exactly what you, your family and your company need. Over the next 10 years, 100 million Americans will move from employer-provided to individually purchased health insurance. The purpose of The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance is to show you how to profit from this paradigm shift while helping you, your family, and your employees get better and safer health insurance at lower cost. It will help you save thousands of dollars per person each year and protect you from the greatest threat to your financial future—our nation's broken employer-provided health insurance system. We are at the beginning of a paradigm shift in the way businesses offer employee health benefits and the way Americans get health insurance—a shift from an employer-driven defined benefit model to an individual-driven defined contribution model. This parallels a similar shift in employer-provided retirement benefits that took place two to three decades ago from defined benefit to defined contribution retirement plans. Written by a world-renowned economist and New York Times best-selling author, this insightful guide explains how individual health insurance offers more to employees than employer-provided plans. Using the techniques outlined in this book, you and your employer will save money on health insurance by migrating from employer-provided health insurance coverage to employer-funded individual plans at a total cost that is 20 percent to 60 percent lower for the same coverage. That's $4,000 to $12,000 in savings per year for a family of four for the same hospitals, same doctors, and same prescriptions.
International Retailing provides a framework for understanding how different legal, social and economic environments affect the distribution of consumer goods worldwide. From department stores to independent retailers, superstores to convenience stores, the author profiles their environments and retail strategies.