Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Orderby Noam Chomsky
Why is the Atlantic slowly filling with crude petroleum, threatening a millions-of-years-old ecological balance? Why did traders at prominent banks take high-risk gambles with the money entrusted to them by hundreds of thousands of clients around the world, expanding and leveraging their investments to the point that failure led to a global financial crisis that left… See more details below
Why is the Atlantic slowly filling with crude petroleum, threatening a millions-of-years-old ecological balance? Why did traders at prominent banks take high-risk gambles with the money entrusted to them by hundreds of thousands of clients around the world, expanding and leveraging their investments to the point that failure led to a global financial crisis that left millions of people jobless and hundreds of cities economically devastated? Why would the world’s most powerful military spend ten years fighting an enemy that presents no direct threat to secure resources for corporations? The culprit in all cases is neoliberal ideology—the belief in the supremacy of "free" markets to drive and govern human affairs. And in the years since the initial publication of Noam Chomsky’s Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order, the bitter vines of neoliberalism have only twisted themselves further into the world economy, obliterating the public’s voice in public affairs and substituting the bottom line in place of people’s basic obligation to care for one another as ends in themselves. In Profit Over People, Chomsky reveals the roots of the present crisis, tracing the history of neoliberalism through an incisive analysis of free trade agreements of the 1990s, the World Trade Organization, and the International Monetary Fund—and describes the movements of resistance to the increasing interference by the private sector in global affairs. In the years since the initial publication of Profit Over People, the stakes have only risen. Now more than ever, Profit Over People is one of the key texts explaining how the crisis facing us operates—and how, through Chomsky’s analysis of resistance, we may find an escape from the closing net.
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After reading about 80 pages in I think it is safe to say this book by Noam Chomsky is a good introduction to the contemporary world order. Although it does not go into very much detail or history one does get a good feeling for the main actors and institutions that shape the process of international politics and globalization. Usually Dr. Chomsky is pretty hard to read put this one is a breeze!
As with all of Chomsky's works, this one is enlightening, factual, and informative. This book analyses the relationship between corporate power, domestic democracy, and American foreign policy. It provides a basic framework for understanding current trends such as high global unemployment, the futility of voting, and the introverted relationship between corporate and personal rights in America. If you are open-minded, middle or lower class, and genuinely concerned about the course of American government, then this book is a must read.