Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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New York Times Book Review
[Noam Chomsky is] arguably the most important intellectual alive.
Booknews
In his latest antidote to monolithic media coverage, Chomsky critiques free market philosophy, corporate control over public opinion, the unreported impact of forces and policies such as the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, and other assaults on democracy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609802912
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 289,649
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

NOAM CHOMSKY is known throughout the world for his political and philosophical writings as well as for his groundbreaking linguistics work. He has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955 and remains one of America's most uncompromising voices of dissent.
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Table of Contents

1 Neoliberalism and Global Order, 2 Consent without Consent: Regimenting the Public Mind, 3 The Passion for Free Markets, 4 Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order: Doctrines and Reality, 5 The Zapatista Uprising, 6 "The Ultimate Weapon," 7 "Hordes of Vigilantes"
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Good introduction

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2014

    I had to read this book for my economics class as a senior in hi

    I had to read this book for my economics class as a senior in high school and it was an interesting read. It definitely did provide some insight
    into the American government and how the economy works. It is an older book, and it kind of reinforces the movement taking place today
    known as the occupy movement. This was a very hard read and I would not recommend it unless you have time to sit down distraction free
    and completely comprehend the book.
    -Cayman H.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    so eyeopening, and it made me want to do more research on the US

    so eyeopening, and it made me want to do more research on the US Government and how it's actually run. The introduction is very complementing and readies you for what you're about to read. Don't always believe what you hear 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Good book because it was eye opening of the Global order. The qu

    Good book because it was eye opening of the Global order. The quoting of many people was weird and made the book words of other people instead of his

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

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    A must read for critical thinkers

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

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    Thought-provoking!

    The title says it all- "Profit over People." We live in a society where the interests of the privileged few are far more important than the enlightening of the masses, where the "rascal multitude" is kept in dark concerning decisions that will affect them because they might be active and do what they are supposed to do - be active and pressure their politicians. This is what Chomsky proves in "Profit over People," not through philosophizing in thin air, but through proof of what the minority of the opulent have done and project to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2005

    Eye Opening

    Chomsky's Profit Over People is an insightful and at times shocking analysis of the true motives and practices of multinational corporations and the government economic policies they operate within. Chomsky spares no time in hammering his message against the concentration of power in the hands of the few through the use of several detailed case studies. As a student of economics and finance at Oklahoma State University, this book caused me to step back and question the very foundation of Smith's free market theory which has comprised my studies thus far. As a reader, I became disgusted by the prospect of private interests having the ability to manipulate the world economy, government policy, and the supposedly 'free' press to serve their own greed-driven interests while watching the masses suffer. Although this book succeeded tremendously in causing me to question my own assumptions and encouraged me to stand for a change, it left me wondering how to go about doing so. I feel the book could be strengthened tremendously if Chomsky had included a true conclusion in which he provides a means for change to compliment his call to arms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    Well worth it.

    Norm Chomsky accurately describes the contradiction of lassie fair markets and massive government subsidies. But he ignores that these subsidies are remnants of failed collectivist policies that he consequently champions. I suggest reading Mr. Chomsky in conjunction with folks like Brink Lindsey ¿Against The Dead Hand¿.

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    Posted February 13, 2012

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