Economic Development: Public-Private


economic development: public and private

These resources explore moral and ethical problems in economics, held up against God’s creation order and God’s vision for relationships between human beings, and also between human beings and the created world.

Books and Articles on Economic Metrics

NBC News and Martin Luther King, Jr., 'New Phase' Of Civil Rights Struggle, 11 Months Before His Assassination (NBC News, May 8, 1967) published April 4, 2018.  King speaks of how the U.S. government gave land to white Americans in the West and Midwest to provide them with an economic base, but denied the same to black Americans 

Doris Goodwin, The Way We Won: America's Economic Breakthrough During World War II (American Prospect, Fall 1992) about the rise of manufacturing being dependent on the US military role globally; see alsoWikipedia, Military Production During World War II (Wikipedia article); see American Lives Film Project, War Production (PBS, Sep 2007) andRobert Lewis, World War II Manufacturing and the Postwar Southern Economy (The Journal of Southern History, Nov 2007). 

Engineering and Technology History Wiki, A Brief History of the U.S. Federal Government and Innovation (Part I): From Independent to World War I (1787 – 1917) and (Part II): From World War I through World War II (1917 – 1945) and (Part III): From World War II through Today (1917 – 1987) (Engineering and Technology History Wiki)

Peter Passell, High-Tech Industry is Hard to Help (NY Times, Feb 2, 1993)

Keith Bradsher, Business Technology: U.S. to Aid Industry in Computer Battle With Japan (NY Times, Apr 27, 1994)

Bryan Caplan, Why I Am Not an Austrian Economist (George Mason University, 1997)

Noam Chomsky, Free Markets? (youtube video, Dec 5, 1997) about the role of the state in markets and economic development; the importance of limiting capital and banks

Ha-Joon Chang, Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (pdf book, Jul 2002) and Amazon book

Ha-Joon Chang, Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism (pdf book, Dec 2008) and Amazon book

Amy Goodman, Economist Ha-Joon Chang on "The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism" (Democracy Now, Mar 10, 2009)

Mariana Mazzucato, The State as Risk-Taking Entrepreneur (Mariana's blog, Oct 19, 2010)

John Horgan, Dear Occupy Wall Street: Read Jeffrey Sachs! (Scientific American, Oct 11, 2011) "According to Sachs, Google funnels billions in profits into off-shore subsidiaries, which pay lower tax rates than the U.S. corporation does. Sachs points out that Sergey Brin's "ingenious work in creating Google's search engine" was supported by the National Science Foundation, which means that our tax dollars helped Brin get his start."

Farhad Manjoo, Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet (Slate, Jul 24, 2012)

Thomas Hanna, Free Market Mythologies and the Future of Public Ownership (Truthout, Mar 23, 2013)

Jordan Malter, Thank the Government for Your iPhone (CNN Money, Oct 24, 2013)

Jim Edwards, Silicon Valley is Living Inside a Bubble of Tone-Deaf Arrogance (Business Insider, Dec 15, 2013)

Alec McGillis, If the Private Sector is So Great, Why Did UPS Botch Christmas? A Corrective for Market Triumphalists (New Republic, Dec 26, 2013)

Peter L. Singer, Federally Supported Innovations: 22 Examples of Major Technology Advances That Stem From Federal Research Support (The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Feb 2014)

David Akadjian, 25 Images of Markets "Regulating Themselves" (Daily Kos blog, Feb 3, 2014)

Mike Konczal, The Voluntarism Fantasy: Conservatives Dream of Returning to a World Where Private Charity Fulfilled All Public Needs, But That World Never Existed (Democracy Journal, Spring 2014)

Mike Konczal, The Conservative Myth of a Social Safety Net Built on Charity (The Atlantic, Mar 24, 2014)

Arthur W. Hunt, Pope Francis Needs Distributism (The American Conservative, Apr 3, 2014)

Jeff Madrick, Innovation: The Government Was Crucial After All (New York Review of Books, Apr 24, 2014)

Eamonn Fingleton, In World's Best-Run Economy, House Prices Keep Falling -- Because That's What House Prices Are Supposed To Do (Forbes, Feb 2, 2014)

Eamonn Fingleton, The Mystery Of China's Growth: Five Reasons Why Americans Will Never Understand It (Forbes, Feb 26, 2014)

Steve Downs, Review: Why Privatization Fails (Labor Notes, Sep 29, 2014)

Neil Irwin, A Big Safety Net and Strong Job Market Can Coexist. Just Ask Scandinavia. (NY Times, Dec 17, 2014)

Carl Gibson, This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country (Huffington Post, Feb 24, 2015)

Tony Smith, Red Innovation (Jacobin, Mar 2015) about innovation in capitalism and in socialism

Art Jahnke, Who Picks Up the Tab for Science? (Boston University Today, Apr 6, 2015) about government funded research and its results.  Barbara Moran, Truths and Half-Truths (Boston University Today, Apr 13, 2015) about climate research and its communication.  Barbara Moran, Cracking the NIH Code (Boston University Today, Apr 21, 2015) about the NIH being the major source for biomedical research in the U.S.  Sara Rimer, Too Many Postdocs, Too Little Funding (Boston University Today, Apr 27, 2015) about NIH funding cuts. 

Patrick Buchanan, Who Really Lost America? (The American Conservative, May 19, 2015) partly on the loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., makes a case for economic populism-nationalism through a strong manufacturing sector, and its effect on politics - but does not account for American manufacturing dominance being the result of a post WWII order, American imperialism abroad, and government support of corporations

Sam Biddle, Silicon Valley is a Big Fat Lie (GQ, Jun 2015)

Janet Allon, Bill Gates: The Private Sector is Completely Inept (Salon, Oct 29, 2015)

Lynn Stuart Paramore, What the Steve Jobs Movie Won't Tell You About Apple's Success (Truthout, Oct 30, 2015) about government investment

Steve Roth, Welfare and Redistribution Saves Capitalism From Itself (Evonomics, Nov 5, 2015)

Manuel Funke, Moritz Schularick, Christoph Trebesch, The Political Aftermath of Financial Crises: Going to Extremes (Vox EU, November 21, 2015)

James Bennet, Bill Gates, "We Need an Energy Miracle" (The Atlantic, Nov 2015) on why the free market won't solve it

Leigh Phillips, Bill Gates, Crypto-Socialist? (Jacobin, Dec 23, 2015) on why the private sector is stifling innovation in green tech

Zach Cartwright, Here's How All the Technology in the iPhone Was Created by Socialism, Not Capitalism (US Uncut, Jan 10, 2016)

Michael T. Klare, The Desperate Plight of Petro-States (Nation of Change, May 26, 2016)

Yoree Koh, Study: Immigrants Founded 51% of U.S. Billion Dollar Startups (Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2016)

Robert Barsocchini, Father of Western Economics Took ‘Most of His Best Ideas’ from Sharia Law (Washingtons blog, May 24, 2016)

Ha-Joon Chang, Making Things Matters. This is What Britain Forgot (Guardian, May 18, 2016)

Rick Noack, Where Europe is Most and Least Innovative, in 6 Maps (NY Times, Aug 1, 2016) interesting to see the Basque region in Spain high on innovation, given their Catholic-influenced institutional organization

Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, China's Growing Contribution to Health at Home and on the Global Stage (lecture at the Chinese Academy of Governance, Nov 18, 2016) remarks about government-led economic development, disease prevention, and public health; market liberalization happened in China only after adequate protectionism

The Economist, Why a Strengthening Dollar Is Bad for the World Economy (The Economist, Dec 3, 2016)

Ray Dalio, Back to the Future (The World In, Dec 2016) why the 1930's hold a clue to what lies ahead for the economy

Robert Reich, Tax Experiment (Inequality Media, Dec 9, 2016) about Kansas and Texas vs. California

Rachael Bade and Jake Sherman, Free-Market Republicans Contort to Defend Trump (Politico, Dec 9, 2016)

The Economist, Place-Based Economic Policies as a Response to Populism (The Economist, Dec 15, 2016) with helpful comparison US vs. EU; noting history of land-grant universities

C.J. Polychroniou, Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Poor: An Interview With Noam Chomsky (Truthout, Dec 11, 2016)

Politico Magazine, Highways Aren't Enough: What Trump Needs to Know About Remaking the Rust Belt (Politico Magazine, Dec 21, 2016)

Michelle Jamrisko and Wei Lu, These Are the World's Most Innovative Economies (Bloomberg, Jan 17, 2017) South Korea and Nordic nations; Russia low

Vox, This Jet Fighter Is a Disaster, But Congress Keeps Buying It (Vox, Jan 26, 2017) a 7 minute video about F-35 military jet, and the military-industrial-government complex

Alice Salles, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and What You’re Not Being Told About Trump’s Travel Ban (Anonymous, Feb 1, 2017) Nixon's petrodollar deal with Saudi Arabia

May Bulman, Donald Trump Could Reverse Cuts To Arts, Poor, and Elderly If He Stopped Staying at Mar-a-Lago, Figures Show (UK Independent, Mar 17, 2017)

Tracy Chou, A Leading Silicon Valley Engineer Explains Why Every Tech Worker Needs a Humanities Education (Quartz, Jun 28, 2017)

Adam Behsudi, Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America (Politico, Aug 7, 2017) 

Paul Roberts, This Is What Really Happens When Amazon Comes to Your Town (Politico, Oct 19, 2017)

Natasha Singer, Tech's Ethical Dark Side: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It (NY Times, Feb 12, 2018)

Doug Bandow, Corporate Welfare Lives On and On (The American Conservative, Aug 29, 2018)

David Roberts, We Could Shift to Sustainability and Save $26 Trillion. Why Aren't We Doing It? (Vox, Sep 6, 2018)

Kevin Kelleher, A Ford Prepares for Mass Layoffs After Losing $1 Billion to Trump's Trade Tariffs, Report Says (Yahoo Finance, Oct 9, 2018)

Aditi Shikrant, Why Walkable Cities Are Good for the Economy, According to a City Planner (Vox, Oct 26, 2018) subtitled "people spend more money when cities are less vehicle-oriented"

Brent Staples, A Fate Worse Than Slavery, Unearthed in Sugar Land (NY Times, Oct 27, 2018) "Bodies of sugar cane workers recently discovered in Texas reveal gruesome details about the convict leasing system"; see also Michael Hardy, Blood and Sugar (Texas Monthly, Jan 2017) showing the role of prison labor in America's economic growth

Arthur Delaney and Matt Fuller, Republicans Are Making A Deal On Food Stamps And Farm Subsidies (Huffington Post, Nov 16, 2018)

Kari Paul, Climate Change Has Cost the Government $350 Billion — Here’s What It Will Cost You (MarketWatch, Nov 24, 2018) estimates $35 billion per year.  See also Rex Nutting, Calamitous Weather Destroyed $175 Billion of Wealth (MarketWatch, Nov 13, 2018)

Patt Morrison, New Linguist George Lakoff on What Democrats Don’t Understand — and Republicans do — About How Voters Think (Los Angeles Times, Nov 28, 2018) about the importance of storytelling in civic, political life; touches on how private enterprise depends on public development and funding (and how the left tends to fail at both)

Robert E. Scott, The State of American Manufacturing: The Failure of Trump's Trade and Economic Policies (Economic Policy Institute, Feb 5, 2019)

Katha Pollitt, Day Care For All (New York Times, Feb 9, 2019)

Blake Schmidt, Blackwater Mercenary Prince Has a New $1 Trillion Chinese Boss (Bloomberg, Feb 9, 2019)

Mayra Rodriguez Valladares, Hispanics, Not Trump, Are the Biggest Engine Of U.S. Economic Growth (NY Times, Feb 11, 2019) references the study by Gonzalo Huertas and Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, The Economic Benefits of Latino Immigration: How the Migrant Hispanic Population’s Demographic Characteristics Contribute to US Growth (Peterson Institute for International Economics, Feb 2019)

John Horgan, House Revolt Against the Rich (Scientific American, Feb 18, 2019) "Nobel laureates, a new congresswoman and others urge raising taxes on the ultrawealthy to counter surging inequality"

Alex Ward, House Dems Reveal New Info on a Shady White House Plan to Sell Nuclear Tech to Saudi Arabia (Vox, Feb 19, 2019) demonstrating that sensitive weapons, security, and energy technology can often be politically maneuvered, not subject to the "free market"

The Young Turks, Trump's Advisers Quit As He Wrecks Economy (The Young Turks, May 7, 2019) agriculture and farm subsidies and trade effects demonstrate how government protections work in agriculture; see also Lawrence O’Donnell, Trump Admin. Gives $62M Earmarked For Farmers To Corrupt Brazilian Brothers (The Last Word | MSNBC, May 16, 2019)

Mark Arax, The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California (Amazon book, May 21, 2019) a bestseller about how Californians have fought water wars since the Gold Rush

Books and Articles on Land Policy

David Smith, Tanzania Accused of Backtracking Over Sale of Masai's Ancestral Land (The Guardian, Nov 16, 2014) an interesting parallel

Colin Todhunter, Gates Foundation is Spearheading the Neoliberal Plunder of African Agriculture (Ecologist, Jan 21, 2016) as well as Wealth, Influence of Gates Foundation Distorting International Development - Global Justice Now (RT, Jan 20, 2016)

Michael O'Heaney, We Went to Court Over Nestlé’s Actions on Public Land in California (The Story of Stuff Project, Jun 2016) and Emma Cape, You Are Propelling People-Power Victories over Nestlé! a success story

Heather Hansman, Congress Moves to Give Away National Lands, Discounting Billions in Revenue (Guardian, Jan 19, 2017)

Dave Merrill and Lauren Leatherby, Here’s How America Uses Its Land (Bloomberg, Jul 31, 2018)

Audrea Lim, How the Green New Deal Can Deliver Land Justice (Jacobin Magazine, May 2019) “The distribution of land in the US is also shaped by legacies of racial hierarchy and violence. Ninety-eight percent of private rural land and 96 percent of private agricultural lands are white-owned; less than 1 percent of farms are black-owned. It wasn’t always this way — in 1910, that number was 14 percent. The rapid decline was partially a product of the Great Migration and mechanization (themselves outgrowths of a racist political economy), but black farmers were also pushed off their land through discriminatory lending practices and inadequate legal, political, and financial resources to stave off real estate developers.”

Renee Wilde, 'American Soil' Is Increasingly Foreign Owned (NPR, May 27, 2019) “Today nearly 30 million acres of U.S. farmland are held by foreign investors. That number has doubled in the past two decades, which is raising alarm bells in farming communities.”

Amy Hanauer, Ohio’s Economy No Longer Recovers After Recessions (Economic Policy Institute, May 23, 2019)

James Ellsmoor, United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education (Forbes, Jun 15, 2019)

Steve Karnowski and Balint Szalai, Some Big Farms Collect Big Checks from Trump Aid Package (Associated Press, Jul 3, 2019)

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