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Deception And Abuse At The Fed

Author: Robert D. Auerbach
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292782802
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The Federal Reserve—the central bank of the United States—is the most powerful peacetime bureaucracy in the federal government. Under the chairmanship of Alan Greenspan (1987-2006), the Fed achieved near mythical status for its part in managing the economy, and Greenspan was lauded as a genius. Few seemed to notice or care that Fed officials operated secretly with almost no public accountability. There was a courageous exception to this lack of oversight, however: Henry B. Gonzalez (D-TX)—chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services (banking) Committee. In Deception and Abuse at the Fed, Robert Auerbach, a former banking committee investigator, recounts major instances of Fed mismanagement and abuse of power that were exposed by Rep. Gonzalez, including: Blocking Congress and the public from holding powerful Fed officials accountable by falsely declaring—for 17 years—it had no transcripts of its meetings; Manipulating the stock and bond markets in 1994 under cover of a preemptive strike against inflation; Allowing $5.5 billion to be sent to Saddam Hussein from a small Atlanta branch of a foreign bank—the result of faulty bank examination practices by the Fed; Stonewalling Congressional investigations and misleading the Washington Post about the $6,300 found on the Watergate burglars. Auerbach provides documentation of these and other abuses at the Fed, which confirms Rep. Gonzalez's belief that no government agency should be allowed to operate with the secrecy and independence in which the Federal Reserve has shrouded itself. Auerbach concludes with recommendations for specific, broad-ranging reforms that will make the Fed accountable to the government and the people of the United States.

The Invisible Handcuffs Of Capitalism

Author: Michael Perelman
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 158367263X
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Mainstream, or more formally, neoclassical, economics claims to be a science. But as Michael Perelman makes clear in his latest book, nothing could be further from the truth. While a science must be rooted in material reality, mainstream economics ignores or distorts the most fundamental aspect of this reality: that the vast majority of people must, out of necessity, labor on behalf of others, transformed into nothing but a means to the end of maximum profits for their employers. The nature of the work we do and the conditions under which we do it profoundly shape our lives. And yet, both of these factors are peripheral to mainstream economics. By sweeping labor under the rug, mainstream economists hide the nature of capitalism, making it appear to be a system based upon equal exchange rather than exploitation inside every workplace. Perelman describes this illusion as the “invisible handcuffs” of capitalism and traces its roots back to Adam Smith and his contemporaries and their disdain for working people. He argues that far from being a basically fair system of exchanges regulated by the “invisible hand” of the market, capitalism handcuffs working men and women (and children too) through the very labor process itself. Neoclassical economics attempts to rationalize these handcuffs and tells workers that they are responsible for their own conditions. What we need to do instead, Perelman suggests, is eliminate the handcuffs through collective actions and build a society that we direct ourselves.

Audit The Fed

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Financial Services. Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology
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Geldmoord

Author: Edin Mujagic
Publisher: Uitgeverij Balans
ISBN: 9460035868
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Dat het leven elk jaar duurder wordt, is voor ons net zo vanzelfsprekend als het feit dat de zon elke ochtend opkomt in het oosten. Maar dat de prijzen almaar stijgen, is een gegeven van de afgelopen eeuw. In alle eeuwen daarvoor zag de economie er heel anders uit. Wat in 1450 een gulden kostte, was honderden jaren later nog nagenoeg even duur. Van inflatie was geen sprake. Als de prijzen tijdelijk omhoog gingen, daalden ze daarna weer even hard. De koopkracht veranderde nauwelijks. Dat veranderde drastisch rond 1900. Toen begonnen de prijzen ongekend hard te stijgen. De sporadische prijsdaling die nog voorkwam, was miniem, en dat gold niet alleen voor Nederland, dat gold voor de hele wereld. Wat is er een eeuw geleden gebeurd waardoor alles sindsdien elk jaar duurder wordt? Op basis van historische gegevens, cijfers over prijsontwikkeling en economische analyse toont Edin Mujagic onomwonden aan dat de geboorte van de centrale banken de doodsteek is geweest voor de waarde van ons geld. Niet alleen holden deze banken de afgelopen eeuw de koopkracht van ons geld uit - een proces dat nog altijd doorgaat, de laatste tijd zelfs harder dan ooit, maar daardoor riepen ze ook ander onheil over ons af, waaronder de huidige economische crisis. Econoom Mujagic laat niet alleen overtuigend zien wat de (systematisch onderschatte) rol van de centrale banken in de wereldeconomie is geweest, hij waarschuwt ook voor de wereld van morgen.

Was Man F R Geld Nicht Kaufen Kann

Author: Michael J. Sandel
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843705097
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Darf ein Staat Söldner verpflichten, um Kriege zu führen? Ist es moralisch vertretbar, Leute dafür zu bezahlen, dass sie Organe spenden? Dürfen Unternehmen gegen Geld das Recht erwerben, die Luft zu verpesten? Fast alles scheint heute käuflich zu sein. Wollten wir das so? Und was können wir dagegen tun? Mit Verve und anhand prägnanter Beispiele widmet sich Michael J. Sandel dieser wichtigen ethischen Frage. Die Regeln des Marktes haben fast alle Lebensbereiche infiltriert, auch jene, die eigentlich jenseits von Konsum und Mehrwert liegen sollten: Medizin, Erziehung, Politik, Recht und Gesetz, Kunst, Sport, sogar Familie und Partnerschaft. Ohne es zu merken, haben wir uns von einer Marktwirtschaft in eine Marktgesellschaft gewandelt. Ist da nicht etwas grundlegend schief gelaufen? Mit Verve und anhand prägnanter Beispiele wirft Michael Sandel eine der wichtigsten ethischen Fragen unserer Zeit auf: Wie können wir den Markt daran hindern, Felder zu beherrschen, in denen er nichts zu suchen hat? Wo liegen seine moralischen Grenzen? Und wie können wir zivilisatorische Errungenschaften bewahren, für die sich der Markt nicht interessiert und die man für kein Geld der Welt kaufen kann?