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Rebooting Capitalism: How We Can Forge a Society That Works for Everyone Paperback – 19 May 2020

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 300 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 057869090X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0578690902
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Clinton F.
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Albert W Biglan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Capitalism can be more responsive to the well being of people and society
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Contemporary society has become a place of selfishness, poverty, economic inequality, divisiveness, and discrimination. Capitalism and the free market economy, unbridled without compassion, and values-based leadership, has impacted the well being of society and individuals. Harmful externalities of extractive based corporations and those directly affecting individuals such as the tobacco and drug industries, both legal and illegal, have caused the unnecessary deaths of many. Witness, the inadequacies of our public health system, as manifest by the Covid 19 pandemic, and our embarrassing infant mortality rate. The failure of a capitalistic based society to make decisions based on values that serve individuals and society needs to change.
Dr. Biglan, a well published and respected behavioral scientist, has created a first draft manual for an “unprecedented movement” to reform capitalism so it works for all to “create a more nurturing society”. This is a very timely publication.
The author first provides an example of a successful business that is nurturing and makes values-based decisions. He then discusses six areas that need to change to effect a better way of doing business. He presents a cogent argument for changes in each of the areas to create a society that is more caring and nurturing for families and individuals.
Nurturing the health of each person. The United States has the worst health care system of any developed country. He attributes this to the capitalistic delivery of care with the bottom line focused on profit, not wellbeing. He advocates for regulating health care and its delivery for the purpose of maximizing the well being of the population and by making profits contingent on achieving efficient and effective outcomes.
Higher education needs to become a leader in constructing a society that we aspire to live in. Teachers need to not only advance student’s academic success but should also instill values and skills vital to their social success.
Reforms are needed in the criminal justice system that reduce recidivism and by using cognitive behavior therapy principles, to rehabilitate the inmates so they can return to society. He advocates for crime prevention and to change the profitable corporate prison – industrial complex.
The social and news media need to focus on promoting prosocial values. Social media is responsible for the divisiveness in society. He tackles the “internet behemoth monopolies” which are in unprecedented position to influence people. We must rebuild journalism.
He discusses climate change, as corporations profiting while the world burns. He advocates for each individual to advocate for outcomes-based research on how affect emissions and to advocate for policy that reduces carbon emissions and to reduce greenhouse gas.
Finally, we need a political system that works for all. The author attacks both parties for failures in the past. We must elect leaders that support economic practices in line with a society in which everyone’s wellbeing is advanced. He advocates going to valuestoaction.com to accomplish this.
In each chapter, after discussion of the topic, the author recommends action plans to be considered to effect change. He recommends values-based leadership to inspire corporations and political leaders to make decisions based on your values, and what is good for a nurturing society.
Al from Oakmont, PA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Applying behavioral science to humanizing our polarized politics and the excesses of capitalism
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