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Skrull

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mjyoung

Subj: Re: Book Recommendation
Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 05:25:42 am CDT (Viewed 703 times)
Reply Subj: Book Recommendation
Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 08:03:44 pm CDT (Viewed 685 times)



> You seem to be very interested in the topic of outsourcing, so I would like to recommend a book.
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> "The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas L. Friedman.
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> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_world_is_flat


Thank you. Looks promising.

I note this paragraph from the Wikipedia article:

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Proposed remedies
Friedman believes in order to fight the quiet crisis of a flattening world the United States work force should keep updating its work skills. Making the work force more adaptable, Friedman argues, will keep it more employable. He also suggests that the government should make it easier to switch jobs by making retirement benefits and health insurance less dependent on one's employer and by providing insurance that would partly cover a possible drop in income when changing jobs. Friedman also believes there should be more inspiration for youth to be scientists, engineers, and mathematicians due to a decrease in the percentage of these professionals being American.

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The third sentence is key for me. If the government takes this sentence to heart, outsourcing becomes less of a burden on American workers, and thus begins to inch toward acceptability.

Here's my question. I presume you've read this book. Does the author provide reasons why outsourcing is actually better for American workers than a non-outsourcing economy?





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