For a Kinder, Gentler Society
A More Imperfect Union
How Inequity, Debt, and Economics Undermine the American Dream
  • James L. Jennings
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A More Imperfect Union. How Inequity, Debt, and Economics Undermine the American Dream
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A debt-based financial system is incompatible with a truly competitive economy. Our system exists by choice, not the dictates of immutable economic laws, and is leading the U.S. to financial collapse. The author highlights essentially ignored inequities and fallacies inherent in major aspects of our economy and of economic theory. The text explains how the system is skewed to big government and a dominant financial sector and undermining our standard of living.

About the Author

James L. Jennings has a graduate degree in economics. He has served as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service, a research economist with a regional planning authority, and a director of planning and evaluation and later as executive director with a regional manpower training and employment agency. He resides in Virginia.

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Inflation and an addiction to debt characterize the U.S. economy. The author explains how the policies directed at avoiding deflation have yielded income and wealth redistribution and inequities; inflation; inordinate growth in government, the...
Inflation and an addiction to debt characterize the U.S. economy. The author explains how the policies directed at avoiding deflation have yielded income and wealth redistribution and inequities; inflation; inordinate growth in government, the financial sector, money supply, and debt; currency debasement; fragility in the financial system; loss of international competitiveness; and distortions in interest rates, currency ratios, trade, labor and product pricing, and asset valuations.

Whether through currency depreciation, unjust wage and price increases, the absence of real income gains for all through maximum price reductions from efficiency and technology gains, or other means, the unblessed are relatively impoverished by the wealth redistribution of the system courtesy of the distributional coalitions, big government, and the financial sector.

The author provides a critical look at fundamental economic theory and practice in a nonmathematical, common sense presentation. He offers a new, insightful challenge to aspects of Keynesian and monetarist theories. These schools of thought have not been proffering solutions for our problems of debt, inflation, and relative poverty because they are unnecessarily anchored to a debt-based monetary system, interest rate management, and inadequately competitive markets.

The U.S. and capitalism should have been producing better results. Our imperfect system is so flawed and has become so fragile that a major financial collapse may well challenge the actual survival of our political institutions. Other writers have addressed such subjects as the business cycle, failures of the banking system, inflation, debt, potential financial collapse, distributional coalitions, and the desirability of a system translating productivity growth into lower output prices.

This book is unique in offering a unified, comprehensive view of these subjects and others in a nonmathematical, nontraditional, yet compelling manner. It will be useful to students, teachers, policymakers, and general readers who sense that something ails mainstream economics and seek a better understanding of the systemic deficiencies that have brought the U.S. to its fragile financial state and of the reasons so many past policies and programs have failed.


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Pages 288
Year: 2012
BISAC: BUS045000
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