Income inequality is not caused by globalization itself but rather by economic policies that, since the 1980s, have increasingly been set by transnational corporations, Ha-Joon Chang and Noam Chomsky point out. But globalization during the era of industrial capitalism has always enhanced dependence, inequality and exploitation, often to horrendous extremes.
Disposable Americans shows the impact of extreme capitalism on children; on the poor and the sick and the elderly; on people of color; on women; on workers, especially young Americans; and on all average Americans, including the middle-class and those just above and below, who make up 90 percent of us, and who have become increasingly disposable to the minority at the top of the wealth distribution.
Those who expected Trump to keep his promise to bring drug prices "way down" are in for a shock. His planned executive order on drug pricing reads like a Big Pharma wish list of eased regulation and extended monopolies. It even calls for restricting the discounts that pharma companies benefiting from the lucrative Medicaid market currently offer providers that serve low-income patients.