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The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Ba...
by Saifedean Ammous

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

March 23, 2018

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<p>When a pseudonymous programmer introduced “a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party” to a small online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention. Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks. The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of Bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications.</p> <p>While Bitcoin is a new invention of the digital age, the problem it purports to solve is as old as human society itself: transferring value across time and space. Ammous takes the reader on an engaging journey through the history of technologies performing the functions of money, from primitive systems of trading limestones and seashells, to metals, coins, the gold standard, and modern government debt. Exploring what gave these technologies their monetary role, and how most lost it, provides the reader with a good idea of what makes for sound money, and sets the stage for an economic discussion of its consequences for individual and societal future-orientation, capital accumulation, trade, peace, culture, and art. Compellingly, Ammous shows that it is no coincidence that the loftiest achievements of humanity have come in societies enjoying the benefits of sound monetary regimes, nor is it coincidental that monetary collapse has usually accompanied civilizational collapse.</p> <p>With this background in place, the book moves on to explain the operation of Bitcoin in a functional and intuitive way. Bitcoin is a decentralized, distributed piece of software that converts electricity and processing power into indisputably accurate records, thus allowing its users to utilize the Internet to perform the traditional functions of money without having to rely on, or trust, any authorities or infrastructure in the physical world. Bitcoin is thus best understood as the first successfully implemented form of digital cash and digital hard money. With an automated and perfectly predictable monetary policy, and the ability to perform final settlement of large sums across the world in a matter of minutes, Bitcoin’s real competitive edge might just be as a store of value and network for final settlement of large payments—a digital form of gold with a built-in settlement infrastructure.</p> <p>Ammous’ firm grasp of the technological possibilities as well as the historical realities of monetary evolution provides for a fascinating exploration of the ramifications of voluntary free market money. As it challenges the most sacred of government monopolies, Bitcoin shifts the pendulum of sovereignty away from governments in favor of individuals, offering us the tantalizing possibility of a world where money is fully extricated from politics and unrestrained by borders.</p> <p>The final chapter of the book explores some of the most common questions surrounding Bitcoin: Is Bitcoin mining a waste of energy? Is Bitcoin for criminals? Who controls Bitcoin, and can they change it if they please? How can Bitcoin be killed? And what to make of all the thousands of Bitcoin knock-offs, and the many supposed applications of Bitcoin’s ‘blockchain technology’? <i>The Bitcoin Standard</i> is the essential resource for a clear understanding of the rise of the Internet’s decentralized, apolitical, free-market alternative to national central banks.</p>
Discrimination and Disparities
by Thomas Sowell

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English

Pages

143

Publication Date

March 20, 2018

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<br /><br /><div><b>An empirical examination of how economic and other disparities arise</b></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div>Economic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations. Many explanations have been offered for the differences. Some believe that those with less fortunate outcomes are victims of genetics. Others believe that those who are less fortunate are victims of the more fortunate.<br /><br /> <i>Discrimination and Disparities</i> gathers a wide array of empirical evidence from to challenge the idea that different economic outcomes can be explained by any one factor, be it discrimination, exploitation or genetics. <br /><br /> It is readable enough for people with no prior knowledge of economics. Yet the empirical evidence with which it backs up its analysis spans the globe and challenges beliefs across the ideological spectrum.<br /><br /> The point of <i>Discrimination and Disparities</i> is not to recommend some particular policy "fix" at the end, but to clarify why so many policy fixes have turned out to be counterproductive, and to expose some seemingly invincible fallacies--behind many counterproductive policies.<br /><br /></div>
Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intellige...
by , Avi Goldfarb

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<p><b>"What does AI mean for your business? Read this book to find out." -- Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google</b></p><p>Artificial intelligence does the seemingly impossible, magically bringing machines to life--driving cars, trading stocks, and teaching children. But facing the sea change that AI will bring can be paralyzing. How should companies set strategies, governments design policies, and people plan their lives for a world so different from what we know? In the face of such uncertainty, many analysts either cower in fear or predict an impossibly sunny future.</p><p>But in <i>Prediction Machines</i>, three eminent economists recast the rise of AI as a drop in the cost of prediction. With this single, masterful stroke, they lift the curtain on the AI-is-magic hype and show how basic tools from economics provide clarity about the AI revolution and a basis for action by CEOs, managers, policy makers, investors, and entrepreneurs.</p><p>When AI is framed as cheap prediction, its extraordinary potential becomes clear:<ul><li>Prediction is at the heart of making decisions under uncertainty. Our businesses and personal lives are riddled with such decisions.<li>Prediction tools increase productivity--operating machines, handling documents, communicating with customers.<li>Uncertainty constrains strategy. Better prediction creates opportunities for new business structures and strategies to compete.</ul></p><p>Penetrating, fun, and always insightful and practical, <i>Prediction Machines</i> follows its inescapable logic to explain how to navigate the changes on the horizon. The impact of AI will be profound, but the economic framework for understanding it is surprisingly simple.</p>
Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?
by Robert Kuttner

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<p>One of our leading social critics recounts capitalism’s finest hour, and shows us how we might achieve it once again.</p><br /><p>In the past few decades, the wages of most workers have stagnated, even as productivity increased. Social supports have been cut, while corporations have achieved record profits. Downward mobility has produced political backlash.</p><br /><p>What is going on? <em>Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?</em> argues that neither trade nor immigration nor technological change is responsible for the harm to workers’ prospects. According to Robert Kuttner, global capitalism is to blame. By limiting workers’ rights, liberating bankers, allowing corporations to evade taxation, and preventing nations from assuring economic security, raw capitalism strikes at the very foundation of a healthy democracy.</p><br /><p>The resurgence of predatory capitalism was not inevitable. After the Great Depression, the U.S. government harnessed capitalism to democracy. Under Roosevelt’s New Deal, labor unions were legalized, and capital regulated. Well into the 1950s and ’60s, the Western world combined a thriving economy with a secure and growing middle class.</p><br /><p>Beginning in the 1970s, as deregulated capitalism regained the upper hand, elites began to dominate politics once again; policy reversals followed. The inequality and instability that ensued would eventually, in 2016, cause disillusioned voters to support far-right faux populism. Is today’s poisonous alliance of reckless finance and ultranationalism inevitable? Or can we find the political will to make capitalism serve democracy, and not the other way around? Charting a plan for bold action based on political precedent, <em>Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?</em> is essential reading for anyone eager to reverse the decline of democracy in the West.</p>
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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English

Pages

254

Publication Date

February 27, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • A bold new work from the<i> </i>author of <i>The Black Swan </i>that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility</b><br /><br /> In his most provocative and practical book yet,<b> </b>one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one’s own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.<br /><br /> As always both accessible and iconoclastic, Taleb challenges long-held beliefs about the values of those who spearhead military interventions, make financial investments, and propagate religious faiths. Among his insights:<br /><br /> <b>• For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing. </b>You cannot make profits and transfer the risks to others, as bankers and large corporations do. You cannot get rich without owning your own risk and paying for your own losses. Forcing skin in the game corrects this asymmetry better than thousands of laws and regulations.<br /> <b>• Ethical rules aren’t universal.</b> You’re part of a group larger than you, but it’s still smaller than humanity in general.<br /> <b>• Minorities, not majorities, run the world. </b>The world is not run by consensus but by stubborn minorities imposing their tastes and ethics on others.<br /> <b>• You can be an intellectual yet still be an idiot.</b> “Educated philistines” have been wrong on everything from Stalinism to Iraq to low-carb diets.<br /> <b>• Beware of complicated solutions (that someone was paid to find).</b> A simple barbell can build muscle better than expensive new machines.<br /> <b>• True religion is commitment, not just faith.</b> How much you believe in something is manifested only by what you’re willing to risk for it.<br /><br />The phrase “skin in the game” is one we have often heard but rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it’s also an astonishingly rich worldview that, as Taleb shows in this book, applies to all aspects of our lives. As Taleb says, “The symmetry of skin in the game is a simple rule that’s necessary for fairness and justice, and the ultimate BS-buster,” and “Never trust anyone who doesn’t have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will benefit, and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them.”
Predicting the Markets: A Professional Autobiography
by Edward Yardeni

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English

Pages

612

Publication Date

March 15, 2018

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<p><strong>In <em>Predicting the Markets</em>, Edward Yardeni, Wall Street’s legendary economist and investment strategist, shares his insights and lessons learned forecasting the economy and financial markets over the past 40 years.</strong></p><p>Ed Yardeni takes readers on a fascinating journey retracing the economic and financial ups and downs from the late 1970s through today. Along the way, he mines the lessons of the past for insights that inform how to be thinking about the future.</p><p>“Dr. Ed” was among the first Wall Street prognosticators to see the bullish consequences of disinflation and globalization for stocks and bonds during the 1980s and 1990s. He was the first economist on Wall Street to recognize the importance of Baby Boom demographic trends. In 1993, he started writing about the “High-Tech Revolution in the US of @”—presaging the enormous impact that technological advances would have on life today. After China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, he foresaw the resulting commodity boom. Dr. Ed turned bearish on financial services stocks during June 2007 before the financial crisis hit with full force. Although he wasn’t bearish enough on the overall stock market back then, he correctly called the market’s bottom the week after it was hit in March 2009, remaining steadfastly bullish during the nine-year bull run through the start of 2018.</p><p>In <em>Predicting the Markets</em>, Dr. Ed explains his reasoning behind all these predictions. He also explores why so many conventional forecasting models have been so frequently wrong. His approach is based on common sense rather than complicated and often misguided theories. He demystifies what can often seem like a complex tangle of countervailing forces impacting financial markets and provides a highly engaging how-to guidebook for profiting from outside-the-box thinking, while avoiding the groupthink of consensus forecasting. Yet Dr. Ed’s book can be read by anyone with an interest in financial markets and economics; no prior knowledge is necessary. All the major issues that investors must sort through as they navigate financial markets are explained in a clear and logical way.</p><p>Dr. Ed believes everyone can benefit from a better understanding of the forces that shape our financial lives. Accordingly, <em>Predicting the Markets</em> is chock-full of important lessons not only for institutional investors but also for individual investors, as well as business professionals and students. When it comes to predicting the global economy and financial markets, Dr. Ed has literally written the book.</p>
Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitt...
by Les Standiford

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

May 10, 2005

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Here is history that reads like fiction: the riveting story of two founding fathers of American industry—Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick—and the bloody steelworkers’ strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a furious rivalry. Author Les Standiford begins at the bitter end, when the dying Carnegie proposes a final meeting after two decades of separation, probably to ease his conscience. Frick’s reply: “Tell him that I’ll meet him in hell.”<br /><br />It is a fitting epitaph. Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, a time when Horatio Alger preached the gospel of upward mobility and expansionism went hand in hand with optimism, <i>Meet You in Hell</i> is a classic tale of two men who embodied the best and worst of American capitalism. Standiford conjures up the majesty and danger of steel manufacturing, the rough-and-tumble of late-nineteenth-century big business, and the fraught relationship of “the world’s richest man” and the ruthless coke magnate to whom he entrusted his companies. Enamored of Social Darwinism, the emerging school of thought that applied the notion of survival of the fittest to human society, both Carnegie and Frick would introduce revolutionary new efficiencies and meticulous cost control to their enterprises, and would quickly come to dominate the world steel market. <br /><br />But their partnership had a dark side, revealed most starkly by their brutal handling of the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892. When Frick, acting on Carnegie’s orders to do whatever was necessary, unleashed three hundred Pinkerton detectives, the result was the deadliest clash between management and labor in U.S. history. WHILE BLOOD FLOWED, FRICK SMOKED ran one newspaper headline. The public was outraged. An anarchist tried to assassinate Frick. Even today, the names Carnegie and Frick cannot be uttered in some union-friendly communities.<br /><br />Resplendent with tales of backroom chicanery, bankruptcy, philanthropy, and personal idiosyncrasy, <i>Meet You in Hell</i> is a fitting successor to Les Standiford’s masterly <i>Last Train to Paradise</i>. Artfully weaving the relationship of these titans through the larger story of a young nation’s economic rise, Standiford has created an extraordinary work of popular history.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times</em>, <em>USA Today, </em>and<em> Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller!</strong></p><p>"<strong>the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still</strong>."—NPR Books </p><p><em>The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger</em></p><p>The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.</p><p>Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.</p><p>But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. </p><p>Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, <em>The Radium Girls</em> fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...</p>
The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War
by Benn Steil

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English

Pages

624

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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The award-winning author of <i>The Battle of Bretton Woods</i> reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and resonance for today.<BR><BR>In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin's on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events.<BR> <BR> Focusing on the critical years 1947 to 1949, Benn Steil’s thrilling account brings to life the seminal episodes marking the collapse of postwar US-Soviet relations—the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In each case, we see and understand like never before Stalin’s determination to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe.<BR> <BR> Given current echoes of the Cold War, as Putin’s Russia rattles the world order, the tenuous balance of power and uncertain order of the late 1940s is as relevant as ever. <i>The Marshall Plan</i> provides critical context into understanding today’s international landscape. Bringing to bear fascinating new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil’s account will forever change how we see the Marshall Plan and the birth of the Cold War. A polished and masterly work of historical narrative, this is an instant classic of Cold War literature.
The Art Of Thinking In Systems: Improve Your Logic, Think More Cr...
by Steven Schuster

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English

Pages

180

Publication Date

January 11, 2018

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<h2> <b><u>Updated with 12 new diagrams and examples</u></b><br /><br />Would you like to <b>have better solutions to your problems? </b> Struggling to understand why things went wrong when you did everything right? </h2><br /><i>The Art Of Thinking In Systems</i> can help you with these problems. <br /><br />You think systems thinking is for politicians, and big company CEO’s? Let me tell you this: <u>a small business is a system, your class at school is a system, your family is a system. </u>You are the element of larger systems – your town, your country, the world. These systems have a different dynamic. The more you know about their nature, the more optimal solutions you’ll find to problems related to them. <br /><br />Systems thinking helps you see beyond simple connections, and find strategic solutions considering every actor influencing your problem. <br /><br /><i>The Art Of Thinking In Systems</i> presents the fundamental system archetypes, models, and methods with an application to real life. <u>Know how to use systems thinking at work, in your business, in your relationship, friendships. </u> The book also helps you to see through the hidden pathways of contemporary politics, economics, and education changes. <br /><br />Systems thinking opens new and exciting ways to re-invigorate your world view. It enriches your <b>critical thinking skill, analyzing ability, clears your vision, makes you more logical and rational</b> – just to mention a few benefits. <br /><br />Systems thinking’s aim is not to overcomplicate your thoughts but to find better solutions to your problems. Some things in life can’t be fixed with a simple “you did this so I did that” thinking. By applying conventional thinking to complex problems, we often perpetuate the very problems we try so hard to solve. <br /><br /><h2>Learn to think differently to get different results. </h2><br /><br />•Learn about the main elements of systems thinking.<br />•<b>How to apply the best systems thinking ideas, models, and frameworks in your life? </b><br />•What are the biggest system errors, how to detect and fix them?<br />•<b>How can you improve your romantic relationship with systems thinking? </b><br /><br />Over the past decades, systems thinking gained an eloquent position in science and research. Complexity, organizational pathways, networks gained more importance in our interconnected world. Just like wars are not fought with two armies standing in opposite of each other on an opened field, the answers to personal problems are more compounded, as well. <br /><br />•Improve your social life understanding the systemic aspects of social networks. <br />•<b>Useful tips how to fix financial fallouts in your business. </b><br />•See through the systems of health care, education, politics, and global economics. <br /><br /><i>The Art Of Thinking In Systems</i> presents global systems theory with real life examples making it easily understandable and applicable. This book is not for Wall Street analysts but for everyday people who wish to understand their world better and make better decisions in their lives. <br /><br />You will be able to <b>define your problems more accurately, design solutions more correctly, put together strategic plans, and understand the world – and your place in it - in its chaotic complexity</b>. <br /><br /><h2>In our web-wired, interdependent world systems thinking is the key knowledge to escape confusion and misunderstandings. Start developing this precious skill today. </h2>

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