If you don’t protect your family, who will?
Self-sufficiency has always been and will always be the lighthouse in the fog of chaos. The storm is coming.
Batten down the hatches!

Mixing powerful nautical quotes, leadership examples from history's great ship captains, convenient preparedness lists, refreshingly blunt language and deeply personal stories, Capt. Shaun Patrick Smith, USMM, presents a revealing societal assessment, concise leadership manual and practical action plan.

Widening political divisions, increasing poverty, worsening race relations, growing clashes among world leaders, faltering global economies, spreading terrorism and unsustainable U.S. debt are warnings of rogue waves to come.

Pirate Capitalism: Saving Your Ship, Crew and Treasure in the Coming Financial Storm puts you in the captain's seat to become the ultimate leader of your family. It is time to prepare your Ship (home), your Crew (family) and your Treasure (assets) before the storm hits by commandeering the leadership skills of history's great ship captains.

Ask yourself a simple question. If a nation-wide crisis (financial, terrorist, health, weather, etc.) were to occur, who would protect you and your family - your neighbors, the police, the courts, the clergy, your local elected officials, the media, Wall Street, Main Street, Congress, the President, the Pope? All of them did a fine job protecting the 10 million people who were kicked out of 7 million homes during the 2008 housing crisis, didn’t they? What about the people who couldn’t get food, water and medical attention (and who died because of it) in New Orleans
during Hurricane Katrina? How well did the police do in protecting people from bodily harm and death or homes, automobiles, businesses and buildings from destruction and fire in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland, during the race riots in 2014 and 2015? And, sadly, even firefighters and police officers are being slaughtered in the streets.

Again, if you don’t protect your family, who will?

“I could not conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel....modern ship-building has gone beyond that.”
Captain Edward J. Smith (1850-1912)
RMS Titanic

“The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.”
Alan Greenspan (1926- )
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman (1987-2006)
From one of our foremost experts on Asia and its history comes this brilliant dissection of the relationship between East and West.
In three succinct essays, Patrick Smith investigates the East’s endeavor to adopt Western technology and all that we consider modern. He underscores a crucial distinction between modernization (the simple emulation of the West) and the true task of “becoming modern.” He examines the strategies that three prominent cultures—those of Japan, China, and India—evolved as they encountered materialistic foreign cultures and imported ideas while defending their own traditions. The result, Smith explains, has often been called “doubling”—a division of the self wherein Asians are receptive to Western products and ideas but simultaneously reject these same imports to emphasize the validity of the “unmodern.”
Employing an exceptional combination of reflection and reportage, Smith also examines the often troubled relationship Asians have with history as a result of their encounters with the West. Finally, he considers Asia’s twenty-first-century attempt to define itself without reference to the West for the first time in modern history. The author foresees a new balance in the East-West dialogue—one in which the East transcends old ideals of nationhood (another Western import). Smith asserts that there are fundamental lessons in Asia’s long struggle with the modern: In the twenty-first century, the East will challenge the West just as the West once challenged the East.
This is a book of exceptional significance and extraordinary depth.
The Trouble with Higher Education is a powerful and topical critique of the Higher Education system in the UK, with relevance to countries with similar systems. Based on the authors’ experiences that span over 30+ years of fieldwork, the issues discussed focus on the problems facing the principle responsibilities of universities: teaching, learning and research.

The first half of the book identifies a number of problems that have followed the growth of mass education. It examines their causes and explains their damaging effects. The second half of the book offers a broad vision and makes a number of practical suggestions for ameliorating the problems and improving higher education. Supported by research, the suggestions include: ways of managing universities; proper inspection; better ways of organising students’ learning; improving teaching and learning; better approaches to assessment, and the proper use of ideas such as learning outcomes.

Topics discussed include:

Chronic under-funding, the replacement of student grants with loans and the introduction of tuition fees.

The growth of managerialism.

The emphasis on accountability and decline of trust.

The growth of a competitive, market ethos.

Modular degrees, knowledge treated as a commodity and students seen as customers.

The drift towards a two-tiered system, with teaching colleges and research universities.

Casualisation of the academic profession.

The Trouble with Higher Education is aimed primarily at a professional audience of academics, educationalists, managers, administrators and policy makers, but would interest anyone concerned about higher education. It is suited to professional development courses, and Master’s and doctoral level studies.

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