Confronting Capitalism

Confronting Capitalism

Real Solutions for A Troubled Economic System

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p>With the fall of the Berlin Wall, one economic model emerged triumphant. Capitalism—spanning a spectrum from laissez faire to authoritarian—shapes the market economies of all the wealthiest and fastest-growing nations.

But trouble is cracking its shiny veneer. In the U.S., Europe, and Japan, economic growth has slowed down. Wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few; natural resources are exploited for short-term profit; and good jobs are hard to find.

With piercing clarity, Philip Kotler explains 14 major problems undermining capitalism, including persistent poverty, job creation in the face of automation, high debt burdens, the disproportionate influence of the wealthy on public policy, steep environmental costs, boom-bust economic cycles, and more.

Amidst its dire assessment of what's ailing us, Confronting Capitalism delivers a heartening message: We can turn things around. Movements toward shared prosperity and a higher purpose are reinvigorating companies large and small, while proposals abound on government policies that offer protections without stagnation. Kotler identifies the best ideas, linking private and public initiatives into a force for positive change.

Combining economic history, expert insight, business lessons, and recent data, this landmark book elucidates today's critical dilemmas and suggests solutions for returning to a healthier, more sustainable Capitalism—that works for all.

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Kotler presents readers with an examination of fourteen problems he believes are undermining contemporary capitalism, including debt burdens, job creation struggles, persistent poverty, the disproportionate influence of the wealthy on public policy, environmental issues, the cyclical nature of the economy, and others. The author has organized the main body of his text in fourteen chapters devoted to the persistence of poverty, the rise of income inequity, job creation in the face of automation, and a wide variety of other related subjects. Philip Kotler is a faculty member of Northwester University, Illinois. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Assesses fourteen major vulnerabilities in the American economic system, and offers solutions for buttressing shortcomings and returning to a more sustainable capitalism.

Publisher: New York : AMACOM--American Management Association, 2015
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780814436455
Branch Call Number: 330.122 K848c
Characteristics: vi, 248 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 27, 2015

For once I agree with the Library Journal re: this author: // He does for the pitfalls of capitalism what Thomas L. Friedman did in explaining globalization in The World Is Flat. \\ Correct, Kotler is a farce! He ostensibly presents the problems, while urging more of the same. The only POSSIBLE criticism of Piketty is that Prof. Piketty is barely touching the top of the iceberg of inequality!


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