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    13.7 hrs • 2/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone profound changes—economic cycles that veer from boom to bust—from which it has always emerged transformed and strengthened. Surveying this turbulent history, Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism argues that we are on the brink of a change so big and so profound that this time capitalism itself, the immensely complex system within which entire societies function, will mutate into something wholly new. At the heart of this change is information technology, a revolution that is driven by capitalism but, with its tendency to push the value of much of what we make toward zero, has the potential to destroy an economy based on markets, wages, and private ownership. Almost unnoticed in the niches and hollows of the market system, swaths of economic life are beginning to move to a different rhythm. Vast numbers of people are changing how they behave and live, in ways contrary to the current system of state-backed corporate capitalism. And as the terrain changes, new paths open. In this bold and prophetic book, Mason shows how, from the ashes of the crisis, we have the chance to create a more socially just and sustainable economy. Although the dangers ahead are profound, he argues that there is cause for hope. This is the first time in human history in which, equipped with an understanding of what is happening around us, we can predict and shape the future.

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    Postcapitalism by Paul Mason

    Postcapitalism

    13.7 hrs • 2/9/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 11.2 hrs • 4/30/2014 • Unabridged

    In this New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc. cofounder Raj Sisodia argue for the inherent good of both business and capitalism. Featuring some of today’s best-known and most successful companies, they illustrate how these two forces can—and do—work most powerfully to create value for all stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, investors, society, and the environment. Conscious Capitalism helps us better understand how companies such as Southwest Airlines, Costco, UPS, Panera, Patagonia, Google, The Container Store, and many others, use four specific tenets—higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management—to build strong businesses, advance capitalism toward its highest potential, and foster a more positive environment for all of us.

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    Conscious Capitalism

    Foreword by Bill George
    11.2 hrs • 4/30/14 • Unabridged
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    10.2 hrs • 2/19/2013 • Unabridged

    Just as today’s observers struggle to justify the workings of the free market in the wake of a global economic crisis, an earlier generation of economists revisited their worldviews following the Great Depression. The Great Persuasion is an intellectual history of that project. Angus Burgin traces the evolution of postwar economic thought in order to reconsider many of the most basic assumptions of our market-centered world. Conservatives often point to Friedrich Hayek as the most influential defender of the free market. By examining the work of such organizations as the Mont Pèlerin Society, an international association founded by Hayek in 1947 and later led by Milton Friedman, Burgin reveals that Hayek and his colleagues were deeply conflicted about many of the enduring problems of capitalism. Far from adopting an uncompromising stance against the interventionist state, they developed a social philosophy that admitted significant constraints on the market. Postwar conservative thought was more dynamic and cosmopolitan than has previously been understood. It was only in the 1960s and ‘70s that Friedman and his contemporaries developed a more strident defense of the unfettered market. Their arguments provided a rhetorical foundation for the resurgent conservatism of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan and inspired much of the political and economic agenda of the United States in the ensuing decades. Burgin’s brilliant inquiry uncovers both the origins of the contemporary enthusiasm for the free market and the moral quandaries it has left behind.

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    The Great Persuasion

    10.2 hrs • 2/19/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.9 hrs • 1/29/2013 • Unabridged

    We live in a highly litigious world. As you live your life you must keep your guard up. As you grow your wealth you must protect it. For those who don’t, predators await, and their attorneys will use every trick in the toolbox to get at your unprotected assets. Start Your Own Corporation educates you on an action plan to protect your life’s gains. Corporate attorney and bestselling author Garrett Sutton clearly explains the all-too-common risks of failing to protect yourself and the strategies for limiting your liability going forward. The information is timely, accessible, and applicable to every citizen in every situation. Sutton has spent the last thirty years protecting clients’ assets and implementing corporate structures to limit liability. This significant experience shines through in a very listenable audiobook on the why tos and how tos for achieving asset protection. Start Your Own Corporation teaches how to select between corporations and LLCs and how to use Nevada and Wyoming entities to your maximum advantage. This nontechnical and easy to understand audiobook also educates on the importance of following corporate formalities, using business tax deductions, and building business credit.

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    Start Your Own Corporation

    6.9 hrs • 1/29/13 • Unabridged
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    10.6 hrs • 9/27/2012 • Unabridged

    Did Wall Street cause the mess we are in? Should Washington place stronger regulations on the entire financial industry? Can we lower unemployment rates by controlling the free market? The answer is no. Not only is free market capitalism good for the economy, says industry expert John Allison, it is our only hope for recovery. As the nation’s longest-serving CEO of one of the top twenty-five financial institutions, Allison has had a unique inside view of the events leading up to the financial crisis. He has seen the direct effect of government incentives on the real estate market. He has seen how government regulations only make matters worse. Now in this controversial wake-up call of a book, he has given us a solution. The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure reveals – why regulation is bad for the market—and for the world; – what we can do to promote a healthy free market; – how we can help end unemployment in America; – the truth about TARP and the bailouts; – how Washington can help Wall Street build a better future for everyone. With shrewd insight, alarming insider details, and practical advice for today’s leaders, this electrifying analysis is nothing less than a call to arms for a nation on the brink. You’ll learn how government incentives helped blow up the real estate bubble to unsustainable proportions, how financial tools such as derivatives have been wrongly blamed for the crash, and how Congress fails to understand it should not try to control the market—and then completely mismanages it when it tries. In the end, you’ll understand why it’s so important to put the “free” back into free market. It’s time for America to accept the truth: the government can’t fix the economy because the government wrecked the economy. This book gives us the tools, the inspiration—and the cure.

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    The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure by John Allison

    The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure

    10.6 hrs • 9/27/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.2 hrs • 9/18/2012 • Unabridged

    Here is a look at how our current economic crises are caused by too much government—and how Ayn Rand’s bold defense of free markets can help us change course. The rise of the Tea Party and the 2010 election results revealed that tens of millions of Americans are alarmed by big government but skeptical that anything can or will be done to stop the growth of the state. In Free Market Revolution, the keepers of Ayn Rand’s legacy argue that the answer lies in Rand’s pioneering philosophy of capitalism and self-interest—a philosophy that more and more people are turning to for answers. In the past few years, Rand’s works have surged to new peaks of popularity, as politicians like Paul Ryan, media figures like John Stossel, and businessmen like John Mackey routinely name her as one of their chief influences. Here, Brook and Watkins explain how her ideas can solve a host of political and economic ills, including the debt crisis, inflation, overregulation, and the growing welfare state. And most importantly, they show how Rand’s philosophy can enable defenders of the free market to seize the moral high ground in the fight to limit government. This is a fresh and urgent look at the ideas of one of the most controversial figures in modern history—ideas that may prove the only hope for the future.

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    Free Market Revolution by Yaron Brook, Don Watkins

    Free Market Revolution

    8.2 hrs • 9/18/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 15.3 hrs • 8/21/2012 • Unabridged

    Hailed as “the guide to capitalism,” the New York Times bestseller Wealth and Poverty is one of the most influential economics books of all time and has sold more than one million copies since its first release. In this modern classic, Gilder affirms the moral superiority of free-market capitalism and explains why supply-side economics is more effective at decreasing poverty than government-regulated markets. Now, in a completely updated edition of Wealth and Poverty, Gilder compares America’s current economic challenges with its past economic problems—particularly those of the late 1970s—and explains why Obama’s big-government, redistributive policies are doing more harm than good for the poor. Making the case that supply-side economics and free market policies are—and always will be—the answer to decreasing America’s poverty rate and increasing her prosperity, Wealth and Poverty offers solutions to America’s current economic problems and hope to those who fear that our best days are behind us.

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    Wealth and Poverty by George Gilder

    Wealth and Poverty

    Foreword by Steve Forbes
    15.3 hrs • 8/21/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 5.5 hrs • 6/25/2012 • Unabridged

    From the president of the American Enterprise Institute comes a candid assessment of how mainstream America can take the philosophy of free enterprise and translate it into political action—restoring both our nation’s greatness and our own well-being in the process. Entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, and upward mobility—these traditions are at the heart of the free enterprise system and have long been central to America’s exceptional culture. In recent years, however, policymakers have dramatically weakened these traditions—by exploding the size of government, propping up their corporate cronies, and trying to reorient our system from rewarding merit to redistributing wealth. In The Road to Freedom, American Enterprise Institute president Arthur C. Brooks shows that this trend cannot be reversed through materialistic appeals about the economic efficiency of capitalism. Rather, free enterprise requires a moral defense rooted in the ideals of earned success, equality of opportunity, charity, and basic fairness. Brooks builds this defense and demonstrates how it is central to understanding the major policy issues facing America today. The future of the free enterprise system has become a central issue in our national debate, and Brooks offers a practical manual for defending it over the coming years. Both a moral manifesto and a prescription for concrete policy changes, The Road to Freedom will help Americans in all walks of life translate the philosophy of free enterprise into action, to restore both our nation’s greatness and our own well-being in the process.

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    The Road to Freedom

    5.5 hrs • 6/25/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 7.7 hrs • 6/22/2011 • Unabridged

    Every morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Joe Kernen asks challenging questions. And at home he does the same with his young daughter, Blake. What are you learning in school? What TV shows do you like? What message did you get from that movie? When Blake was nine, her answers told Joe that she had already absorbed a distorted view of economics—from her school, pop culture (even animated movies!), and just about everywhere else. She was learning that capitalism is unavoidably immoral, that business people can’t be trusted, especially if they run big companies like BP or Walmart, that trade is bad because it hurts American workers, and that no matter how bad things get, the government will always bail us out. Joe admits that he shouldn’t have been surprised in an era when Washington casually takes over car companies and spends a trillion dollars “stimulating” the economy. But he was outraged and determined to do something about it. If he couldn’t fix our education system or Hollywood, at least he could teach Blake how capitalism really works and why it’s worth defending. He started by asking her to write down phrases she didn’t understand (“What’s physical stimulus?”). That led to discussions of some tricky ideas, like credit and the time value of money. In theory a dollar today is always worth more than a dollar next year—but not to someone whose purchases are always paid for by someone else. Joe and Blake talked about the pluses (small) and minuses (huge) of unions—including the unionized teachers who disparage the free enterprise system that pays their salaries. They investigated the complicated process by which even the simplest manufactured items get made, without anyone directing from above. They puzzled out the truth about so-called fair trade: rather than help poor farmers, it helps keep farmers poor. They learned the differences between Europe and America, and why free health care isn’t really free. And they discovered what nine-year-olds have in common with grown-up progressives: both love to regulate private behavior and think that anything bad—like smoking or eating too much fast food—should be prohibited by law. Ultimately, Joe convinced Blake that capitalism isn’t about greed; it’s about freedom. As she writes in one of her sections: “When I have to go to the store to buy a net for my aquarium (I have puffer fish) I can find a lot of nets, but no one told the store which ones to put on the shelf, and no one told the companies that make the nets how many to make, and no one told the companies that deliver the nets when to bring them. Or rather, everyone told them. Millions of ordinary people deciding what to buy and sell are smarter than even the hundred smartest people in the world.”

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    Your Teacher Said What?!

    7.7 hrs • 6/22/11 • Unabridged
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  10. 35.2 hrs • 11/20/2010 • Unabridged

    First published in 1776, this work is the classic statement of economic liberalism or the policy of laissez-faire and is widely considered on of the hundred greatest books of all time. Several fundamental principles or “axioms” were introduced in this work, including the division of labor, supply and demand, and free market capitalism as some of the most obvious. Smith’s political economy is primarily individualistic: self-interest is the incentive for economic action. However, he shows that universal pursuit of self-interest contributes to the public interest, a concept probably best encapsulated by John F. Kennedy when he remarked, “a rising tide raises all boats.”

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    The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

    The Wealth of Nations

    35.2 hrs • 11/20/10 • Unabridged
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  11. 13.2 hrs • 8/18/2010 • Unabridged

    Capitalism was not destroyed by the crisis, but it was irrevocably changed. This provocative audiobook shows how the forces that precipitated the financial meltdown of 2007-2009 are now creating a new and stronger version of the global capitalist system. This system will continue to be led and shaped by the US if its businesses and politicians play their cards well. The crisis that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers marked the fourth systemic transformation of capitalism since the late eighteenth century. The first of these great transitions launched the century of classical capitalism from the Napoleonic Wars to the Great Depression. The second version of capitalism emerged in the 1930s with the New Deal and government-led Keynesian economics, but blew up in the great inflation of the 1970s. That crisis launched the third age of capitalism starting with the elections of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in 1979-1980. This business-led period culminated in the “market fundamentalist” excesses of George W. Bush, Alan Greenspan, and Henry Paulson. In this wide-ranging and controversial audiobook, Anatole Kaletsky puts the upheavals of 2007-2009 in historical and ideological perspective. He describes the emerging features of the new capitalist model, explains how it will differ from previous versions, and suggests how the rise of Capitalism 4.0 could change politics, finance, international relations, and economic thinking in the coming decades.

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    Capitalism 4.0

    13.2 hrs • 8/18/10 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.2 hrs • 6/29/2010 • Unabridged

    Providing an understanding of the rise of state capitalism and its threat to global free markets, The End of the Free Market details this growing phenomenon - a system in which governments drive local economies through ownership of market-dominant companies and large pools of excess capital, using them for political gain. This trend threatens America's competitive edge and the conduct of free markets everywhere. An expert on the intersection of economics and politics, Ian Bremmer has followed the rise of state-owned firms in China, Russia, the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, Iran, Venezuela, and elsewhere. He demonstrates the growing challenge that state capitalism will pose for the entire global economy. 

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    The End of the Free Market

    7.2 hrs • 6/29/10 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.5 hrs • 5/11/2010 • Unabridged

    Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his world-changing efforts, here develops his revolutionary concept that promises to redeem the failed promise of free enterprise: social business. Designed to fill the gap between profit-making and human needs, social business applies entrepreneurial thinking to problems like poverty, hunger, pollution, and disease, creating self-supporting enterprises that create jobs and generate economic growth even as they make the world a better place. Partnering with some of the world’s greatest corporations, Yunus and his Grameen Bank have already launched several social businesses that are addressing challenges like malnutrition, lack of potable water, and endemic illness in Yunus’ homeland of Bangladesh, while other organizations around the world are developing their own experiments in social business. In this book, Yunus traces the development of the social business idea and explains its lessons for entrepreneurs, social activists, and policy makers, and offers practical guidance for those who want to create social businesses of their own.

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    Building Social Business by Muhammad Yunus

    Building Social Business

    8.5 hrs • 5/11/10 • Unabridged
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  14. 10.8 hrs • 9/29/2009 • Unabridged

    Renowned Middle East expert Vali Nasr’s bestselling book The Shia Revival profoundly transformed the debate about the Iraq War by unveiling how the Sunni-Shia rift was driving the insurgency. Now, in Forces of Fortune, Nasr presents a paradigm-changing revelation that will transform the understanding of the Muslim world at large. He reveals that there is a vital but unseen rising force in the Islamic world—a new business-minded middle class—that is building a vibrant new Muslim world economy and that holds the key to winning the cold war against Iran and extremists. Nasr’s groundbreaking analysis will utterly rewrite the wisdom about how the West can best contend with the threat of Islamic extremism, as well as about the future we can expect of the Muslim world. The great battle for the soul of Iran, the Arab world, Pakistan, and the entire region will be fought not over religion, Nasr reveals, but over business and capitalism. With a deft combination of historical narrative and eye-opening contemporary on-the-ground reporting from his constant trips to the region, Nasr takes us behind the news, so dominated by the struggle against extremists and the Taliban, to introduce a Muslim world we’ve not seen—a Muslim world in which the balance of power is being reshaped by an upwardly mobile middle class of entrepreneurs, investors, professionals, and avid consumers, who can tip the scales away from extremist belligerence. His insights into the true situations in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the crucial bright spots of Dubai and Turkey provide a whole new way of thinking about the troubles and prospects in the region. Drawing on his in-depth knowledge of the Muslim world’s tortured history, Nasr offers a powerful reassessment of why extremism and anti-Americanism took hold in the region—not because of an inevitable “clash of cultures” or the nature of Islam but because of the failure of this kind of authentic middle class to develop in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, largely due to the insidious effects first of colonialism and then of top-down dictatorial regimes, often supported by the West. He then shows that the devoutly Islamic yet highly modern Muslims of what he calls the “critical middle”—in Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, and the stealth force behind the extraordinary growth of aggressively capitalist Dubai—are finally the middle class the region has desperately needed. They are building a whole new economy, as the middle classes did in both India and China, and their distinctive blending of Islam and capitalism is the key to bringing about lasting reform and to defeating fundamentalism. They are people in the region the West can and must do business with. Forces of Fortune offers a transformative understanding of the Muslim world and its possible future that is sure to spark lively debate and to play a vital role in bringing about a sea change in thinking about the conflict with Islam.

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    Forces of Fortune

    10.8 hrs • 9/29/09 • Unabridged
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  15. 9.1 hrs • 6/1/2009 • Unabridged

    The cult of the free market—with its dogma of tax cuts, small government, and deregulation—has dominated economic policy talk since the Reagan revolution of nearly thirty years ago, seducing even liberals along the way. But a funny thing happened on the bridge to the twenty-first century: the conservatives themselves have abandoned these principles. In this riveting book, Galbraith first dissects the stale remains of Reaganism and shows why George W. Bush had no choice but to dump them. He then explores the true nature of the Bush regime: a “corporate republic” doing the bidding of the oil, military, pharmaceutical, and media industries; a predator state intent not on reducing government, but on diverting public cash into private hands. In The Predator State, Galbraith shows why our real economy is not a free-market economy, and why it requires policies that transcend, not privilege, the market.

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    The Predator State

    9.1 hrs • 6/1/09 • Unabridged
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  16. 10.2 hrs • 1/1/2008 • Unabridged

    Over the last few decades, free markets have swept the globe and brought positive change. Nevertheless, traditional capitalism cannot solve problems of inequality and poverty because of its view of people as one-dimensional beings concerned only with profit. In fact, human beings have many other drives and passions, including spiritual, social, and altruistic. Welcome to the world of social business, where the creative vision of the entrepreneur is applied to today’s most serious problems: feeding the poor, housing the homeless, healing the sick, and protecting the planet. Creating a World without Poverty tells the stories of some of the earliest examples of social businesses, including Yunus’ own Grameen Bank. It reveals the next phase in an economic and social revolution that is already underway and in the worldwide effort to eliminate poverty by unleashing the productive energy of every human being.

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    Creating a World without Poverty by Muhammad Yunus

    Creating a World without Poverty

    By Muhammad Yunus with Karl Weber
    10.2 hrs • 1/1/08 • Unabridged
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