Creative Capitalism : A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders

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Michael Kinsley is a noted journalist and political commentator. He was one of the most successful editors ofThe NewRepublic magazine. He was the host of CNN'sCrossfireand foundedSlate, the nation's first online magazine. He also served as the editorial page editor forThe Los Angeles Timesand has written forThe Guardianand theNew Yorker. He is a regular contributor toTimemagazine. Michael currently lives in Seattle , Washington with his wife Patty Stonesifer, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Author Biography

Michael Kinsley is a columnist for The Atlantic, past editor of The New Republic and Harper's, editorial and opinion editor of the Los Angeles Times, American editor of The Economist, and founding editor of Slate. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Time, The Washington Post, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
A New Approach to Capitalismp. 7
Creative Capitalism: The Cheat Sheetp. 17
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Discuss "Creative Capitalism"p. 20
Creative Capitalism: A Starting Critiquep. 40
The Case for Creative Capitalismp. 48
But Wait! Can't the Poor Decide for Themselves?p. 51
Let Old-fashioned capitalism Help the Poorp. 55
How Capitalism Can Really Get Creativep. 58
Let's Move Beyond Milton Friedman's Icy Purityp. 60
Why Creative Capitalism Would Make Things Worsep. 63
Can Corporations That Do Good Really Compete?p. 68
A Reply to Richard Posner: Reform Comes from the Bottom Upp. 72
A Reply to Ed Glaeser: What Kind of Firm Are We Talking About?p. 75
Is Creative Capitalism Illegal?p. 77
Can a Corporation Do Good Without Fear of Carl Icahn?p. 80
Ten Points About Profitp. 84
Can You Be Creative and Still Be Capitalist?p. 88
Why Creative Capitalism Gets in the Way of Democracyp. 91
No, Creative Capitalism Will Only Make Capitalism Strongerp. 100
Old-fashioned Capitalism is Moral Enoughp. 104
To Gates's Critics: You're Making Perfect the Enemy of the Goodp. 107
The Problem with Gates: Do as I Say, Not as I Didp. 110
The Problem with Friedman: A Lack of Imaginationp. 115
A Quick Reply to Brad DeLong: Where's the Harm?p. 118
To Capitalism's Defenders: Don't Be So Defensivep. 120
A Response to Elizabeth Stuart: If Not Profits, What?p. 124
Why Not Experiment?p. 126
Capitalism Works Because It's Self-Correctingp. 128
Pure Versus Creative Capitalism: A False Choicep. 130
What Are We Talking About?p. 132
In Defense of a Good Reputationp. 134
What Are We Taking About? Part Twop. 138
Creative Capitalism Has Its First Toolp. 140
Why Isn't Regular Capitalism Good Enough?p. 143
You Can Make Profits and Save the Poorp. 146
Creative Capitalism Is Not Philanthropyp. 150
Just Do the Right Kind of Lobbyingp. 152
My Version of the Right Kindp. 155
Just Tax the Richp. 156
A Capitalist Knows Who to Callp. 161
Does Foreign Aid Create Weak States?p. 166
Yes, but Weak States Can Be Coaxed Creativelyp. 170
How the Aid Industry Got Creativep. 172
Even Government Can Be Creativep. 174
Don't Change Capitalism, Expand Itp. 178
The Lesson of Historyp. 183
Gates: The Right Place at the Right Timep. 186
What Makes Capitalism Work?p. 190
In Defense of a Good Reputation, Part Twop. 193
You Want Creative Capitalism? Try Thisp. 195
A Reply to Summers: Yes, It's a Fair Warningp. 197
Maximizing Whose Profit?p. 201
A Brief Detour on Efficient Markets: An email exchange between Kinsley and Summersp. 204
What Makes Creative Capitalism Hard?p. 207
Does Being Recongnized as a Good Citizen Make a Difference?p. 212
Foundations Could Use the Kick of Creative Capitalismp. 216
A Reply to Alexander Friedman: There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunchp. 221
Prove That It Works, and It Will Catch Onp. 222
Gates Foundation to the Rescue!p. 226
A Reply to the Foundation: You're out to Touchp. 236
Another Reply to the Foundation: What Are You Saying?p. 238
Let Us Explain Ourselvesp. 243
The Sears Solutionp. 246
A Reply to David Vogel: The Demand for Virute Is Risingp. 253
A Reply to Conor Clarke: Let's Not Be Too Cynicalp. 257
The Real Blind Spots of Today's Capitalistsp. 262
The Bad Side Effects of Forcing Good Behaviorp. 265
Altruists Are like Sadomasochistsp. 273
What Gates Really Meansp. 276
What Would Adam Smith Do?p. 280
Putting Creativity Back into Creative Capitalismp. 284
Appendixp. 287
The Social Responsibility of Businessp. 287
What's So Bad About Poverty?p. 297
Companies as Citizensp. 301
Good Companyp. 305
Contributorsp. 311
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