Table of Contents

Mindful Economics
   How the U.S. Economy Works, Why it Matters, and How it Could Be Different

Table of Contents


Chapter 1  Economic Systems
   Basic Economic Processes: Production, Distribution and Consumption
   Socialism and Pluralism

Chapter 2  The Cash Nexus: Households, Corporations and the Market System
   The Market System
   The Corporation
   The History of the Corporation is the History of Capitalism

Chapter 3  Conflict in the Cash Nexus: Labor Unions and Business Associations
   The Myth of Laissez Faire
   Monopolies, Trusts and Business Associations
   Popular Opposition
   Business Associations
   Labor Unions

Chapter 4  Government and the Ascent of Capitalism
   Government and the Construction of the Capitalist System
   Government as a Forum for Democracy
   Government and Public Services
   Government Fiscal Policy

Chapter 5  The U.S. Financial System Part I: Money and Banks
   Financial System's Sources and Uses of Money
   The Financial Economy and the Real Economy
   Coins and Paper Currency
   The Tortured History of American Money
   American Depository Institutions
   The Federal Reserve System, "The Fed"
   Conclusion: Money and Democracy

Chapter 6  The U.S. Financial System Part II: Wall Street, Stocks and Bonds
   Corporate Capitalization and Investment Banks
   Stock Classifications and Indexes
   Stock Valuation
   Stock Markets and Stock Trades
   Institutional Investors
   Government and Corporate Bonds
   Conclusion: Wall Street and Capitalism

Chapter 7  America's Umbilical Cord: The International Economy
   The Internationalization of Economic Activity
   Global Economic Institutions
   American Trade Deficits and Debt

Chapter 8  The U.S. Capitalist Machine
   Key Economic Indicators
   Business Cycles
   Post World War II Business Cycles
   Conclusion: The Capitalist Machine and the Well-Being of the Population

Chapter 9  The Growth Imperative: Prosperity or Poverty
   Consumerism: Nurture not Nature
   Throughput and Limits
   The Growth Imperative and the Depletion of Non-Renewable Resources
   The Growth Imperative and Global Warming
   The Growth Imperative and a Plutonium Economy
   The Growth Imperative and the Overuse of Renewable Resources
   The Fallacy of the Technological Fix
   Conclusion: Prosperity or Poverty of Growth

Chapter 10  Sweet Delight and Endless Night: Polarization in America
   Measuring Economic Inequality
   Causes of Income Inequality
   Monopsony Capitalism
   Political Inequality
   Information Inequality in Commercial Media

Chapter 11  Financial Market Instability
   Speculation and the Pattern of Financial Market Instability
   Early Signs in Biblical Times
   Tulip Mania of 17th Century Holland
   South Sea and Mississippi Bubbles
   Speculation and Industrial Capitalism
   The Crash of 1929
   Booms and Busts at the Turn of the Third Millennium

Chapter 12  The Mindful Economy, Part I: Redrawing the Institutional Map
   Values-Based Core Principles of a Mindful Economy
   Institutional Embeddedness

Chapter 13  The Mindful Economy, Part II: Mindful Ownership and Mindful Finance
   From Globalization to Localization
   Non-Capitalist Cooperatives
   Principles for Cooperative Governance
   Starting a Cooperative
   Small Business and Public Enterprise
   The Mindful Economy and Community-Based Money and Finance

Chapter 14  The Mindful Economy, Part III: Mindful Economics and Sustainable Practices
   Environmental Sustainability
   The "Three Es" of Sustainable Development
   Sustainable Practices
   Win-Win-Win Fallacies


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