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Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. Dezember 2008

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HASH(0x9a5efdd4) von 5 Sternen Entertaining, educational and funny 16. Januar 2008
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One of the principle complaints of conservatives is that all education in America is deliberately skewed with a "left-wing" bias from kindergarten to college. And yet the field where this "bias", (if you accept this view) is clearly undone is the field of economic education. Whether you read the business section of the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review or National Public Radio, the actual bias present is really for the neo-classical economic model (AKA, neo-liberal economics) of the laissez-faire variety.

Dr. Chang, a professor of economics at Cambridge and former World Bank researcher, deconstructs in general and in detail many of the prevailing myths of the neo-liberal school of economic development. My favorite chapters were these two:

Chapter 1-The Lexus and the olive tree revisited. In this chapter Dr. Chang explains why he thinks that NYT columnist and author Thomas Friedman is full of crap about the benefits of globalization for ordinary people [pages 19-40].

Chapter 3-My six-year-old son should get a job. Says Chang: "I have a six-year-old son. His name is Jin-Gyu. He lives off me, yet is quite capable of making a living. I pay for his lodging, food, education and health care. But millions of children of his age already have jobs. Daniel Defoe, in the 18th century, thought that children could earn a living from the age of four. Moreover, working might do Jin-Gyu's character a world of good. Right now he lives in an economic bubble with no sense of the value of money. He has zero appreciation of the efforts his mother and I make on his behalf, subsidizing this idle existence and cocooning him from harsh reality. He is over-protected and needs to be exposed to competition, so that he can become a more productive person. Thinking about it, the more competition he is exposed to and the sooner this done, the better it will be for his future development. It will whip him into a mentality that is ready for hard work. I should make him quit school and get a job. Perhaps I could move to a country where child labour is still tolerated, if not legal, to give him more choice in employment" [page 65].

I found this tongue-in-cheek style of criticism of global capitalism both hilarious and enlightening.

There are many more examples of Chang's knowledgeable and funny criticism of neo-liberalism I could list here, but I don't want this review to be a spoiler. So go read Chang's book.
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HASH(0xa2bd8f24) von 5 Sternen Time to Update Economics 4. Februar 2008
Von Loyd Eskildson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Free Trade" has been progressively wrecking America's economy for at least two decades. Meanwhile, economists in our colleges continue, almost without exception, to warn of protectionism while extolling the writings of Adam Smith and David Ricardo - written long before today's gross wage imbalance between Asia and the U.S., instant communications, and fast, economical international transportation. Finally, a Cambridge economist, Ha Joon Chang, brings facts and common sense to the debate - aided considerably by the free-trade ignoring successes of his native country, South Korea - eg. Samsung, and Pohang Iron and Steel. (And then there's Toyota - started out in textiles, was protected by auto tariffs, and now the world's #1 auto manufacturer and teacher of advanced management techniques.)

"Bad Samaritans," as Chalmers Johnson points out, refers to "people in the rich countries who preach free markets and free trade to the poor countries in order to capture larger shares of the latter's markets and preempt the emergence of possible competitors." They are saying "do as we say, not as we did" and take advantage of others who are in trouble. He also points out that all of today's rich countries (INCLUDING the U.S.) used protection and subsidies to encourage their manufacturing industries - anathema in today's economic orthodoxy and contrary to the WTO, IMF, and World Bank. As a result, third-world nations' growth rates have fallen to less than half of that recorded in the 1960s (1.7 percent instead of 4.5 percent).

As for corruption being incompatible with high growth, Chang points to Zaire vs. Indonesia. Both suffered from murderous corruption, yet the former's living standards fell two-thirds while Indonesia's tripled. The difference was that corruption funds in Zaire fled to Swiss banks, while those in Indonesia remained in the country to help create additional jobs.

"Level playing field" rhetoric is often used to justify WTO and IMF prescriptions. Chang, however, reminds us that this is inconsistent with our practice of segregating sports by size and age, and that it is similarly unrealistic to expect eg. Honduras to compete evenly with the U.S.

Capital markets have a bias towards short-term gains, not risky, large-scale projects with long gestations. This is especially pronounced in the earliest stages of development - thus, government support is kick-starting, not replacing capitalism. In France, Renault, Alcatel, Thomson, etc. used to be SOEs. Brazil's EMBRAER was also, and the state (lower Saxony) is VW's largest shareholder. Taiwan began with key industries owned by the state; even after 1996 privatization the government maintains a controlling stake (average = 35%) and appoints 60% of their directors.

Absent government support in developing economies is akin to becoming frozen in the status quo. Break-out requires government intervention, including subsidies, tariffs, regulation (eg. maintain quality), infrastructure, prohibiting exportation of raw materials, exempting imported raw materials from tariffs, currency controls. IMF, WTO, and World Bank decrees associated with loans have been a disaster.

Communists early-on saw private ownership as not just the source of distributive injustice but also economic inefficiency. Too many capitalists routinely invested in the same things because they did not know their competitors' plans, or overestimated future potential. Communism failed as a system, but that does not demonstrate that SOEs don't work. Conservatives argue that the imbalance of information between principals and agents makes it very difficult to appropriately pay/incentive managers. The 'free-rider' problem also essentially eliminates citizen monitoring. 'Soft budget constraints' (mid-year added subsidies) is another problem impeding SOEs, per conservatives. Change, however, contends these same problems confront private enterprise, with the 'soft-budget' issue becoming 'too big to fail,' and the 'Greenspan put.'

China's TVEs are a hybrid ownership form - owned by local authorities but usually operated as if privately owned by powerful political figures.

SOEs can be ideal where 'natural monopolies' exist - utilities, railroads, communications, etc. where the main cost is that of a distribution network. Assuring equity is another reason - eg. mail service in rural areas. Regulation is an alternative, but not always satisfactory - eg. California's electricity deregulation, England's defacto re-nationalization of rail tracks. Corrupt SOEs are difficult to sell off without even greater corruption (eg. Russia); privatization of natural monopolies without appropriate regulation can bring new problems (eg. Bolivia's 1994 sale of a water company to Bechtel brought a tripling of rates, riots, and re-nationalization). SOE performance can often be improved without privatization by simplifying and prioritizing goals. Simplifying regulation by consolidating agencies is another alternative. Requiring SOEs to export and compete internationally or setting up another SOE for competition also are used. There are no hard and fast answers as to when an SOE is best.

Chang also points out the strong agricultural subsidies in Europe (milk), the U.S. (corn), and Japan (rice). The good news is that these subsidies keep farming viable in those areas and the nations involved more independent; the bad news is that U.S. corn is exported to Mexico - making economic survival impossible for their farmers and driving them to illegal immigration into the U.S.

Free-trade reduction of tariff revenues also plays undermines national budgets in poor countries because they lack efficient tax collection capabilities and tariffs are the easiest taxes to collect. Combined with free-trade-caused damage, the struggling nations are left far less able to fund health care and education for their citizens.

Still another Chang insight is his pointing out that pursuit of copyrights and patents are simply a sophisticated form of protectionism that again works against third-world nations by preventing their starting important new industries (eg. drug manufacture) that boost not only their economy but citizens' health as well. (97% of all patents and the vast majority of copyrights are held by rich countries - these are also a special problem for poor countries wanting textbooks. IMF also insists on enforcement mechanisms, further adding costs to poor nations.) Chang sees the U.S. as the worst offender in this area. Chang asserts that self-development of new technology is difficult in third-world nations, using North and South Korea as examples. North Korea has tried to be self-sufficient (and done poorly), while South Korea has assiduously copied wherever possible and is now an industrial powerhouse.

Chang suggests that third-world countries use tariffs to protect their developing industries. However, he does not propose that the U.S. do likewise - perhaps in his next book. Nonetheless, "Bad Samaritans" punches enough holes in free trade thinking to help others rethink America's self-destructive commitment to it.
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HASH(0x9bccb6d8) von 5 Sternen Speaking truth to power, helpful revisionism 22. Februar 2008
Von Robert David STEELE Vivas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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While other books (linked below) have focused on the evils done in our name, this is the first book I have seen that dissects economic history in order to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the current regime that bullies lesser developed countries with the IMF-WTO-World Bank interlocking conditionalities.

The author comes down solidly in favor of protectionism, foreign investment controls, state-owned enterprises, avoidance of privatization, not allowing patents to clash with the public interest, the need to defy the marketplace and respect the role of manufacturing, and the influence of culture (and changing the culture through government direction).

This is a nuanced book that trashes the neo-liberals while speaking truth to power. On any given prescrption, the author will say "it depends" and avoid leaning to one extreme over another.

He touches on democracy as not necessarily good for developement, and corruption not necessarily bad.

Other books that I respect as much as this one:
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits (Wharton School Publishing Paperbacks)
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Manufacture of Evil: Ethics, Evolution, and the Industrial System
Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism
The Pathology of Power - A Challenge to Human Freedom and Safety
Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People

See also my varied lists.
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HASH(0x9bccb6c0) von 5 Sternen a vital new look at an old history 7. Oktober 2009
Von J. Tinsey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Do not simply cast this book aside as a piece of economic nonsense from the left. Admittedly, the title may not welcome a broad economic audience, however, after the first chapter Chang will have any reader thinking, at the very least, 'you know, that's a damn good point.' By using the most powerful weapon to backup his claims- history- a thought-provoking and necessary criticism of current orthodox, neo-liberal economics is made.

Orthodox assumptions on FDI regulation, currency manipulation, the principal-agent problem, corruption, public enterprise, and, of course, free trade, are challenged and scrutinized. The next time someone says, "all a country needs to do to develop is just open their markets," please include this book in your list of suggested readings that say..."actually, i think it's a bit more complicated."
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HASH(0x9bccbb88) von 5 Sternen 4.5 Stars-A return to the wisdom of Adam Smith 24. Januar 2008
Von Michael Emmett Brady - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ha-Joon Chang(C) demonstrates that the standard neoclassical international trade theory (model) applied by the economists at the World Bank(WB),the International Monetary Fund(IMF),the Import-Export bank,the World Trade Organization(WTO),and advocated by Thomas Friedman, is basically an artificially constructed ,purely mathematical,blackboard and chalk model that generally ignores major,relevant variables and necessary political and social prerequisites,as well as the time it would take to implement these kinds of institutions.The current collapse of Kenya is precisely the type of failure that results from the gross ignorance of the economics profession of the ancient wisdom of Adam Smith.The so-called " miracle" of Kenya was a chimera from the beginning. The absence of these institutions(overlooked,ingeneral,by C) doom the application of the model from the beginning.The theory works only if certain prerequisites are in place .For example,necessary prerequisites are (1) the existence of political,corruption free legal,governmental, and political institutions that enforce contracts impartially and uphold the rule of law, and (2) the existence of an independent,impartial,corruption free judiciary that will apply the law fairly.These necessary prerequisites do not exist in China,India,Africa,Mexico,South America,and Central America.They have evolved and are functioning effectively in the First World countries of the West and Japan.These institutions are barely present in the Second and Third World.These countries can be regarded as "infant" countries.C extends the argument based on the protection of infant industries to the protection of infant countries in chapter 3.The standard free trade prescription can only apply to " grown up"(1st world)countries.
C overlooks,in general,the extremely important policy discussions carried out by Adam Smith on pp.434-439 of the Wealth of Nations that support his overall position (1776;Modern Library (Cannan)edition).Smith (a) supports retaliatory tariffs if there is any probability greater than 0 of changing the policy of the offending country;(b)supports revenue tariffs ; (c)would dismantle protectionist tariffs carefully, in very slow gradations, in order to prevent the collapse of those industries that are being opened up to imported goods,and (d) recognized that a 100% free trade policy is a pipe dream, given the social and political realities of any society.
I recomend this book.C can easily get a full 5 stars from me by explicitly connecting his analysis to the wisdom of Adam Smith.Adam Smith would fire all the economists at the WB ,WTO,and IMF for gross incompetence and negligence.
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