Shirley Svorny writes: “Speak Your Mind” program more aptly named “Speak Your Anti-Capitalist Mind”
Dear CSUN Students, Faculty and Staff:
I’m writing because the speakers selected for the CSUN 2008-09 Speak Your Mind series, “Consumerism, the Economy, and Debt” (http://usu.csun.edu/events/speakyourmind.php) do not credibly speak about consumerism, the economy or debt.
As Chair of the Department of Economics, I encourage you to view/read some of the following material. In particular, the article by Balco is critical of one of the Speak Your Mind speakers, Anya Kamenetz, author of the book “Generation Debt.”
If you would like to be part of a discussion group on these topics, perhaps for several consecutive Tuesdays at 3:30, I’m happy to lead it. Just send me a message and if there is enough interest, we’ll plow through and discuss some of this material.
Drew Carey Video: “Living Large: America’s Middle Class,” The Drew Carey Project: http://reason.tv/video/show/61.html
Radley Balko on college debt: http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6529
Neal McCluskey on the student loan crisis: http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9345
Michael J. Boskin on capitalism: http://www.hoover.org/publications/digest/3513241.html
Thomas Sowell on the cure for poverty: http://www.hoover.org/publications/digest/4559297.html
Aparna Mathur (with co-authors) on conspicuous consumption and debt: http://www.aei.org/publications/filter.all,pubID.24942/pub_detail.asp
Robert Rector on poverty in America: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed083107b.cfm?RenderforPrint=1
Myths Of Rich And Poor: Why We’re Better Off Than We Think (Paperback) by Michael W. Cox (Author), Richard Alm (Author): http://www.amazon.com/Myths-Rich-Poor-Better-Think/dp/0465047831/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209688823&sr=8-1
And, finally, here is some material I’ve put together critical of Barbara Ehrenreich’s book, Nickel and Dimed: