Read the article and answer the discussion questions. Here is what the teacher said:
Barton argues that capitalism needs to be renewed (and suggests that the current form of capitalism is unsustainable). What do you, personally, believe that businesses and other participants in economic markets should do in order to make capitalism sustainable? Why?
"In order to be one of the good guys, businesses need to do two things: Concentrate on creating economic value (not shareholder value, economic value), and realize that transferring economic value from other stakeholders to shareholders isn't what businesses are supposed to be doing (i.e. appropriating economic value is not the same thing as creating it)."
Questions that I purposefully didn't address in my statement (but that you might address in yours): What is economic value? When is it the same as profit? When is profit a poor indicator of economic value? Why? Can businesses increase profit by subtracting economic value from other market participants (consumers, labor, etc.)? How? What is the difference between appropriating economic value and creating it? What does all this have to do with the "sustainability" of capitalism (as Barton puts it)?