A convincing, data-driven argument for dividing the economic pie more fairly.

Distribution of Lives

THE INCOME MALDISTRIBUTION PLAGUE 2012 (THE COMPLETE UNABRIDGED EDITION)

Crunching the numbers behind the income gap reveals effects more profound than previously thought.

For Jeanes, America’s economic ills today and during the Great Depression share a similar cause: lopsided distribution of income and wealth. In both cases, his far-ranging analysis of historical data shows that the bottom 60 percent of the population received about 25 percent of the national income—that’s below the worldwide historical median of 33 percent. A few percentage points may seem trivial, but Jeanes argues that maldistribution skewed toward the upper classes undermines capitalism. Consumption is hurt when money is removed from the lower classes since their propensity to consume is supposedly higher than that of the wealthy. Maldistribution also makes the economy more prone to booms and busts, while diminishing the efficacy of monetary policy as a corrective instrument. The heart of the book contrasts two worlds: one where the majority gets 25 percent of the income, the other, 33 percent. Jeanes theorizes that, besides being more economically vibrant, the world where the majority receives 33 percent of the income will produce better government and business leaders because intelligence—rather than income and other “not-IQ components”—will be the key factor of success. Despite his criticism of the status quo, Jeanes remains a free market advocate who rejects extreme redistribution. He suggests “adaptive taxation” as a means to prevent overtaxing the rich while ensuring that the elite are motivated to serve national interests, not just their own. Economists and other numerophiles will appreciate the author’s quest for more precise metrics on income distribution, and an accompanying website contains spreadsheets for readers to scrutinize the data themselves. Those with only a general interest, however, may find this unabridged edition a big bite to chew. Intriguing extensions on the thesis and sections on population growth and workweek length add to the book’s hefty girth, yet chapters stuffed with graphs and statistics include no executive summaries. Still, Jeanes deserves credit for putting a hot-button issue under a microscope in hopes of finding an equitable solution.

A convincing, data-driven argument for dividing the economic pie more fairly.

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 2012

ISBN: 978-0985665623

Page Count: 242

Publisher: Dilives Publishing

Review Posted Online: Oct. 23, 2012

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A short, simple, and sweet tale about two friends and a horse.

Mary's Song

From the Dream Horse Adventure Series series , Vol. 1

A novel tells the story of two spirited girls who set out to save a lame foal in 1952.

Mary, age 12, lacks muscle control of her legs and must use a wheelchair. Her life is constantly interrupted by trips with her widower father to assorted doctors, all of whom have failed to help her. Mary tolerates the treatments, hoping to one day walk unassisted, but her true passion involves horses. Possessing a library filled with horse books, she loves watching and drawing the animals at a neighboring farm. She longs to own one herself. But her father, overprotective due to her disability and his own lingering grief over Mary’s dead mother, makes her keep her distance. Mary befriends Laura, the emotionally neglected daughter of the wealthy neighboring farm owners, and the two share secret buggy rides. Both girls are attracted to Illusion, a beautiful red bay filly on the farm. Mary learns that Illusion is to be put down by a veterinarian because of a lame leg. Horrified, she decides to talk to the barn manager about the horse (“Isn’t it okay for her to live even if she’s not perfect? I think she deserves a chance”). Soon, Mary and Laura attempt to raise money to save Illusion. At the same time, Mary begins to gain control of her legs thanks to water therapy and secret therapeutic riding with Laura. There is indeed a great deal of poignancy in a story of a girl with a disability fighting to defend the intrinsic value of a lame animal. But this book, the first installment of the Dream Horse Adventure Series, would be twice as touching if Mary interacted with Illusion more. In the tale’s opening, she watches the foal from afar, but she actually spends very little time with the filly she tries so hard to protect. This turns out to be a strange development given the degree to which the narrative relies on her devotion. Count (Selah’s Sweet Dream, 2015) draws Mary and Laura in broad but believable strokes, defined mainly by their unrelenting pluckiness in the face of adversity. While the work tackles disability, death, and grief, Mary’s and Laura’s environments are so idyllic and their optimism and perseverance so remarkable that the story retains an aura of uncomplicated gentleness throughout.

A short, simple, and sweet tale about two friends and a horse.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Hastings Creations Group

Review Posted Online: Oct. 15, 2016

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A persuasive, valuable addition to the ongoing immigration reform debate.

SHOW TRIALS

HOW PROPERTY GETS MORE LEGAL PROTECTION THAN PEOPLE IN OUR FAILED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

A highly organized, informative discussion of the immigration system in the United States.

In this politically charged environment, Afrasiabi manages to broach the volatile issue of immigration in a well-rounded, surprisingly effective framework that combines case studies, historical research, statistical analysis and personal anecdotes to detail the current issues and propose solutions. Invocations of Kafka, “The Twilight Zone” and “Alice in Wonderland” prove warranted as illustrations of the often surreal circumstances that confront immigrants facing deportation. Immigrants usually lack access to quality legal representation, while their situation can be made doubly difficult due to language barriers and significant cultural differences. Afrasiabi incorporates his work with colleagues and students at the Chapman University School of Law to deftly weave together the facts of several compelling cases and their underlying legal issues, with a genuine sense of suspense as readers wonder if justice will be truly be served. Occasionally, though, the narrative becomes overwrought—two federal laws passed in 1996 are “dark storm clouds depositing their sleet”—although, considering the life-changing effects of court decisions, it’s difficult to overstate the ramifications: extralegal rendition of individuals with pending cases and the de facto deportation of native-born children whose parents are deported. Afrasiabi also addresses the legacy of various anti-alien laws in California, as well as marriage equality for same-sex couples when one partner is a noncitizen. As the subtitle asserts, Afrasiabi employs his additional experience in the field of property law to contrast the stark differences between immigration judges and constitutional judges, like their qualifications, vetting processes and even the oaths they take. His arguments culminate in seven concrete reforms proposed in the conclusion. In order to make the immigration system more just and effective, Afrasiabi claims the solutions are closer than we may think; we can implement procedures and safeguards already in place within the constitutional courts.

A persuasive, valuable addition to the ongoing immigration reform debate.

Pub Date: May 1, 2012

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 249

Publisher: Kurti Publishing

Review Posted Online: Feb. 7, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2012

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