Praise for The Road to Prosperity "With clarity, verve, and polish, Pat Toomey brilliantly propounds the principles and practical policies needed to make America—and the world—prosperous again. Ronald Reagan, Adam Smith, and Milton Friedman would vigorously applaud what Pat has put forth here." —STEVE FORBES "While many talking heads are tripping over each other to write the political obituary for conservatives, Pat Toomey illustrates how the limited government movement has the best policy answers for the challenges of the twenty-first century. This is a must-read book for any serious student of the limited government movement." —DICK ARMEY, author of the Contract with America, former House Majority Leader, 1995–2003, and Chairman of FreedomWorks "Like Ronald Reagan, Pat Toomey has found a way to breathe common sense and economic truth into public policy. Rather than allowing his political views to color his economics, Pat Toomey looks for truth first and only then does he take a political stance." —Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist, First Trust Portfolios LP "Anyone who cares about the future of our economy and our country should read Pat Toomey's The Road to Prosperity. If we as Americans want to return to a pro-growth and prosperous future, we will need to embrace the free-market, freedom-driven policies laid out in this book." —CHRIS CHOCOLA, President, The Club for Growth
The gripping story of how the end of the Roman Empire was the beginning of the modern world The fall of the Roman Empire has long been considered one of the greatest disasters in history. But in this groundbreaking book, Walter Scheidel argues that Rome's dramatic collapse was actually the best thing that ever happened, clearing the path for Europe's economic rise and the creation of the modern age. Ranging across the entire premodern world, Escape from Rome offers new answers to some of the biggest questions in history: Why did the Roman Empire appear? Why did nothing like it ever return to Europe? And, above all, why did Europeans come to dominate the world? In an absorbing narrative that begins with ancient Rome but stretches far beyond it, from Byzantium to China and from Genghis Khan to Napoleon, Scheidel shows how the demise of Rome and the enduring failure of empire-building on European soil launched an economic transformation that changed the continent and ultimately the world.
This classic in the annals of village studies will be widely read and debated for what it reveals about China's rural dynamics as well as the nature of state power, markets, the military, social relations, and religion. Built on extraordinarily intimate and detailed research in a Sichuan village that Isabel Crook began in 1940, the book provides an unprecedented history of Chinese rural life during the war with Japan. It is an essential resource for all scholars of contemporary China.
Front Matter --Copyright page --Figures and Tables --Expanding the Middle-Income Groups, Building a Middle Class-Dominated Modern Society--Analysis and Forecast of China's Social Conditions during the Period 2016-2017 /Research Group for Social Situation Analysis and Forecast, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Guangjin Chen --Report on the Income and Spending of China's Urban and Rural Residents in 2016 /Qingzhe Lyu --The Impact of the Adjustment of China's Industrial Structure on the Employment of College Graduates in 2016 /Rong Mo and Xinyu Wang --Changes in the Income Gap of Chinese Residents in 2016 /Yiyong Yang and Zhenhe Chi --Continual Improvements in China's Social Security System in 2016 /Fayun Wang and Wei Wu --Report on Education Reform and Development in China in 2016 /Lei Fan --Report on the Development of China's Health Care in 2016 /Lijie Fang --Research Report on the New Social Class in China's Megacities--Based on Surveys in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou /Haidong Zhang, Chengchen Yang and Siqi Lai --Changes in the Living Conditions of the Elderly in Urban and Rural Areas and Future Trends--Based on Data Analysis of Four National Surveys during the Period 2000-2015 /Haitao Wang, Yu Fang and Zheng Ouyang --Leisure, Class Status and Reading for Pleasure /Yi Zhang --Report on the Usage of the Internet and Social Networks in China in 2016 /Di Zhu, Feng Tian and Xiaobing Wang --Research Report on the Chinese Public's Knowledge of and Attitudes towards Genetic Modification /Guangxi He, Miao Liao, Changhui Shi, Wenxia Zhang and Yandong Zhao --Research Report on the Values and Belief System of Young Employees of Chinese Enterprises /Chen Chen --Report on the Analysis of Internet Public Opinion in China in 2016 /Huaxin Zhu, Yufeng Pan and Xiaoran Chen --Progress Report on China's Rural Land Property Rights Reform in 2016 /Qiang Gao --Report on the Situation of Food and Drug Safety in China in 2016 /Jie Luo and Hao Zhang --The State of and New Issues in China's Environmental Protection in 2016 /Feng Jia, Ke Yang, Huicong Zhang, Shuo Tian, Jingyi Huang, Zijiao Zhang and Liantong Zhou --Report on the Analysis of the Situation of Public Safety in China in 2016 /Yandong Zhou and Zhigang Gong --The Status of Workers in the Supply-Side Structural Reform in 2016 /Jian Qiao --Report on Women's Development in China in 2016 /Yunzhu Jia --Statistical Overview of China's Social Development (2016) /Liping Zhang --Back Matter --Index.
What has contemporary China inherited from its revolutionary past? How do the realities and memories, aesthetics and practices of the Mao era still reverberate in the post-Mao cultural landscape? The essays in this volume propose “red legacies” as a new critical framework from which to examine the profusion of cultural productions and afterlives of the communist revolution in order to understand China’s continuities and transformations from socialism to postsocialism. Organized into five parts—red foundations, red icons, red classics, red bodies, and red shadows—the book’s interdisciplinary contributions focus on visual and performing arts, literature and film, language and thought, architecture, museums, and memorials. Mediating at once unfulfilled ideals and unmourned ghosts across generations, red cultural legacies suggest both inheritance and debt, and can be mobilized to support as well as to critique the status quo.
Through careful analysis of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Omar Swartz argues that Kerouac's influence on American society is largely rhetorical. Kerouac's significance as a cultural icon can be best understood, Swartz asserts, in terms of traditional rhetorical practices and principles. To Swartz, Kerouac is a rhetor who symbolically reconstructs his world and offers arguments and encouragements for others to follow. Swartz proposes that On the Road constitutes a ?rhetorical vision,” a reality-defining discourse suggesting alternative possibilities for growth and change. Swartz asserts that the reader of Kerouac's On the Road becomes capable of responding to the larger, confusing culture in a strategic manner. Kerouac's rhetorical vision of an alternative social and cultural reality contributes to the identity of localized cultures within the United States.
This important book contributes to understandings of the ways in which healing practices in southeast Africa mediate divides between the wealthy and the impoverished, the traditional and the modern, the local and the global.