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Manufacturing a Better Future for America Paperback – July 13, 2009
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Getting trade policy right will be an important battle for 21st Century America. We've seen the ongoing erosion of our manufacturing base and the millions of good-paying jobs that have been lost. We can't continue down this path. I'm gratified to see 'Manufacturing a Better Future for America' tackle these weighty issues head-on, and I congratulate the authors on their good work. --Richard Dick Gephardt, Former Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
The authors of Manufacturing a Better Future for America thoroughly explode the myth all too prevalent in Washington these days that there can be an economic recovery of any consequence without a strategy for revitalizing American manufacturing. --Nicholas von Hoffman
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Furthermore, the economic mindset of our government and our business leaders needs to be shifted. The practice of offshoring production has rendered millions of Americans jobless and angry.
The power to revitalize the American economy must come from its people and its people alone.
This book justifies why jobs need to stay on American soil, and how a paradigm shift in business economics is needed to prevent this recession from repeating itself. All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to help bandage up our broken economy.
For 20 years, I have pointed to reasons the USA has experienced "jobless growth" - rooted in the abstractions of macroeconomics theories and methods. The faith in "free trade" has prevented government agencies from making use of futurists' broader forecasting and planning methods used by most global corporations. Their economic advisors' market fundamentalism warned against "industrial policy" except for that covertly practiced by the Department of Defense and activities in the name of "national security." Thus, the "hollowing out" of US manufacturing has continued for two decades at the behest of global corporations and their investment bankers.Read more ›
These policies were based on a libertarian philosophy and definition of free trade taught at the University of Chicago's economics department and Booth School of Business by Milton Friedman ,George Stigler,etc .This libertarian definition of free trade directly contradicts the conservative free trade position presented by Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations in 1776.Smith was an advocate of both revenue and retaliatory tariffs.(The only exception would be if the threat of retaliation had a 0% probability of eventual success).Smith put into place the highest tariffs in world history in 1780 in Scotland.These rates would only be exceeded by Alexander Hamilton in 1794 in the USA.Read more ›
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Manufacturing A Better Future for America by the trade group Alliance for American Manufacturing, AAM, is one of those books that is published with the expectation that no one... Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by Arthur A.
As a student of and participant in the manufacturing industry in North America, I found this book to be one of the most data rich and insight filled books on the market today. Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by Jeffrey W. Sipes
Best book on American manufacturing and the failures of American trade policy ever written!
Stephen Crockett, Host of Democratic Talk Radio
This is the one of the most important economics books of today. Composed of chapters written by academics and "think tank" policy makers and analysts, it is well written with... Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Paul & DJ
Someone said this book is not light reading, and someone said it was overdue by ten years. Yes, we were napping while the value-creating part of our economy was being given to... Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by Robio
I found this book to be informative and helpful. I especially liked the way it ended with some forward thinking "hope".Published on August 6, 2009 by T. Dean
After reading this book, I'm more concerned than ever about lost U.S. manufacturing. A very thorough read.Published on July 23, 2009 by L. Stevenson
This book is extremely informative on an urgent topic.
I'm impressed with how in-depth this book is. It analyzes exactly why U.S. Read more
Everyone should read this book, especially the decision makers and business and community leaders of our nation. Read morePublished on July 21, 2009 by CLM