Diving Deeper Posts
Here is the Discussion reading’s link
Here is the class readings’ link
The overarching theme this week is capitalism as a system, that is, one in which the different parts work together. We typically think of the government as protecting citizens and consumers; Marx asks whether this is true. “American Factory” is a terrific documentary about a General Motors manufacturing plant that went out of business—and then was purchased by a Chinese company. Compare American workers’ expectations of their jobs with those of Chinese workers. What accounts for those differences and, given their existence, can American manufacturers compete? Since the film and lectures talk about the tobacco industry, you may find this story Download this story interesting, which is about how tobacco executives helped train a generation of kids to love sugary drinks. Would it be possible to reduce the influence of corporate interests in policymaking by making it less expensive to run for and win elected office? You may find this story
(Links to an external site.) on the difficulty of campaign finance reform interesting. Finally, what happened to the Food Safety Modernization Act? Has it been implemented? You might try to trace it–and its impacts.
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