Surplus American How the 1% Is Making Us Redundant

ISBN-10: 1612052509

ISBN-13: 9781612052502

Edition: 2013

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The Surplus Americanvividly presents a future where increasing numbers of Americans will be rendered jobless and redundant. Exploring the ongoing crisis of surplus people today, authors Charles Derber and Yale Magrass show that the jobless are merelythe tip of the iceberg.Drawing on the work of economists and highlighting new trends, the bookidentifies a number of primary groups within the category of surplus, including the underemployed, people forcibly removed or induced to leave the labor force, retirees, people involved in make-work by government or business, those hired to control the unemployed, as well as those employed to boost consumption and manage unrest.Derber and Magrassargue persuasively that a majority of the US public is now part of the surplus population and constitutes an economic and social category that is a crucial and integral underside of our capitalist economy. Offering a timely analysis of current social movements such as Occupy Wall Street, the authors conclude that they are essential not only to solving the crisis of surplus people but also to redirecting an economy driven by outsourcing, new technology, and global corporate strategy.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Charles Derber, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, has written for Newsday, Newsweek, Business Week, Time, the Christian Science Monitor, and other magazines. He speaks frequently on National Public Radio, talk radio, and television. His most recent book is Capitalism: Should You Buy It? An Invitation to Political Economy (Paradigm 2014).

Yale R. Magrass is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He is the author of three other books and more than thirty articles, including encyclopedia entries.

You're Fired-The Essay
Americans as a Surplus People
Who Are the Surplus People?
How to Make Money from the Creation of Surplus People
The Four Roots of Surplus People Production
How Many Surplus People Are There in the United States?
Introducing the History of Surplus People
How Capitalism Created Surplus People Right from the Very Beginning
How the First Truly Industrial Society, Britain, Used Surplus People
How American Capitalists Controlled the Surplus Population before World War I
World War I and the Roaring Twenties
The Great Depression Begins
Roosevelt, Keynes, and the New Deal
America at Its Height
America Enters Decline
The Age of Reagan
Does Our Theory Hold Up?
What to Do? The Tea Party and the Occupy Movement
The Tea Party and the Dangerous Politics of Reaction
The Occupy Movement and the Politics of Hope
The Past and Future of the Occupy Movement
Why a Play Is an Effective Way to Discuss Politics and Economics
I Like Firing People-The Play
I Like Firing People-A Version Performed at Boston College
About the Authors
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