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NATIONALIZATION: The process of a national government taking over the ownership of a private business or industry, usually in conjunction with a major revolution that establishes a communistic or socialist command economy. Nationalization was a common practice, sort of a fad, during the 1950s,1960s, and 1970s. Even non-revolutionary industrialized countries in Europe jumped onto the nationalization bandwagon. The United States also took at stab at nationalizing passenger train service when Amtrak was established in 1970.

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Lesson 9: Macro Basics | Unit 5: Issues Page: 14 of 16

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Policy perspectives are filled with differing politics and political philosophies.

Reasons for differing views of the 'best' economic policies:

  • First: Human beings are different, with different likes, dislikes, tastes, preferences, values, beliefs, ideologies and opinions. This is the source of differences on what is considered the 'best' for the economy.
  • Second: Human beings often have vested interests in the consequences of the policies. They personally benefit from a policy. While self-interest is okay, the question is whether self-interests of the few prevent greater welfare of the many.

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A slang phrase for credit cards, especially when such cards used to make purchases. The "plastic" portion of this term refers to the plastic construction of credit cards, as opposed to paper and metal of currency. The "money" portion is an erroneous reference to credit cards as a form of money, which they are not. Although credit cards do facilitate transactions, because they are a liability rather than an asset, they are not money and not part of the economy's money supply.

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