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Too rosy about the UN
on September 8, 2010
While this book includes many of the terms that other economics books do to explain the economy, I found that its emphasis on the UN, anti-US and socialism completely stilted and and symptomatic of progressivistic ideologic influences. There are many other resources out there that should be read along side it to make it far less political--or at least to balance it out. While people can learn basic terms and information about economy, it does not encourage them adequately as stepping in as business owners into the economy, but instead touts the muted success of UN millinium goals and other policies which I deeply question--a UN which as of this writing may be said to be at least as corrupt as any national government out there.
It accepts the science of global warming which has been deeply criticized as unsound, and touts leaving local values behind for the sake of globalism that is part of a new world order: a world order that accepts without question the imposition of the UN and a European socialism that know no bounds or limitations in NOT vetting participants or imposing international rule on local communities. It hypes government regulation in the US that is sighted by many as currently throttling US productivity, but then in its epilogue calls US citizens fat and the problem, sidestepping the scale and scope of other forces that engender poverty internationally.
There are so many things that it pushes and does not question, that I strongly DO NOT recommend it as a first time economics book. Clearly, if you don't have time to ferret out the slant, look elsewhere. This book should not be the basis of your understanding of economics: remain critical and keep searching for other sources and include in your repetoire many other resources. While it has a lot of business and economic terms, I feel it is in part propaganda.