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End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation Paperback – August 8, 2006
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Lynn's point in End of the Line is to remind us that the global economy is, like all human creations, a grand improvisation that creates and distributes wealth in ways that are beyond the control of its designers in business and government.Read more ›
Lynn's book is a good look at the mindset of International Corporations who like the media today do not look at themselves as American but as World citizens. To save a little money American corporations since NAFTA have started moving jobs overseas. To justify this they are claiming they are fighting terrorism by increasing the standard of living in the third world. A $300 a month tech in India may be as good as his american counterpart in the US making $4000 but a GI Joe with Kung Fu grip costs as much in Hylalabad as it does in LA. Their standard of living isn't going to rise too much.
Lynn argues that Globalization rather than decreasing our vulnerability to terrorists is actually increasing it as means of production are moved closer to hot spot areas and Companies are dependant on third world despots (and probably the US military) to protect their interests.
He relates how both parties in the US are in bed together on the issue of globalization. He relates that the free trade positions of both Bush Administrations and that of Bill Clinton were almost in lock step. It makes one wonder if there is a politicl solution out there.
The book is very scary and I would reccomend it to those who need a reply to some of the rah rah Pro Globalization books out there.
Watching the news would lead even the most cosmopolitan American observer to conclude that people in this country were more interested in North Carolina. Hurricane Floyd dropped more than 28 inches of rain there the week before.
Yet the shock wave from the quake was felt within days. Xilinx, a highly-specialized American semiconductor designer and manufacturer, lost two of its factories that day in Taiwan. Soon, thousands of assembly-line workers located from California to Texas, were furlogued.
The chain reaction did not stop there. Wall Street traders began to place the Taiwanese natural disaster in its proper prospective. Shares of Dell, Apple and Hewlett-Packard began to tumble.
By Christmas, American shoppers were scurrying to avoid the shortages of laptop computers, Barbie cash registers and Furby dolls.
In short a disaster that only 10 years prior would have been a localized disaster, cascaded into a worldwide crisis. The Taiwanese earthquake had elevated itself into a symbol of how closely connected the world has become. Perhaps, more important, Barry Lynn, a fellow at the New American Foundation in Washington, D. C. illustrates how that out-sourced world faces different risks.
Lynn argues today's worldwide economy is an improvisation that creates and distributes wealth in ways beyond the control of its designers.
In this well-written and well-researched monograph is an at times angry look at globalization. It offers a departure from the now familiar argument that interconnected, worldwide capitalism is good. In its place, the author offers a subtle and often scary look at a risk-laden system beyond any government's control.
Lynn's arguments promise to add clarity to this nation's growing global debate.
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In the Introduction Mr.Lynn offers a great quote based on the writings of Alexander Hamilton. "Manufacturing was key to America's independence and security. Read morePublished on November 8, 2008 by J.L. Populist
End of the Line by Barry C. Lynn is a delightful and interesting book about a very disturbing issue. Read morePublished on September 4, 2006 by C. Davis
I found this an interesting, albeit Jingoistic, account of the sharp increase in the corporate "single points of failure" and critical dependencies. Read morePublished on April 21, 2006 by Andrew Wilson
Barry Lynn's central argument in this book is that today's large firms, in the name of short term profits, have outsourced labor and components to foreigners to the point where a... Read morePublished on February 10, 2006 by Ben Reppe
Reading Lynn's introduction I was optimistic that someone had finally recognized the problem with America's massive and rapidly increasing outsourcing! Read morePublished on December 29, 2005 by Loyd Eskildson
Barry Lynn spells out the dangers of building a global economic system that binds together too tightly a dispersed system of producers, putting the world economy, and particularly... Read morePublished on November 19, 2005 by Cheryl C. Hammond
Globalization is here to stay. The movement of goods, services and knowledge across national boundaries is accelerating at an unprecedented pace thanks to factors like the... Read morePublished on November 2, 2005 by B.Sudhakar Shenoy
Evidence of globalization is all around us. But it is much less apparent why globalization is happening, how it works, and what it means for the future of the country. Read morePublished on October 19, 2005 by B. Madigan
The book is a wake up call about the dangers of US companies' utter reliance on outsourcing essential parts of their supply chain. Read morePublished on October 18, 2005 by Erika Morphy