Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order

Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order

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by Noam Chomsky
     
 

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What is democracy? Here, brilliant political thinker Noam Chomsky examines this question in detail. Is democracy a popular process of consultation, deliberation, and decision making? Is it another term for an open marketplace in which everyone is free to compete and consume? How "open" is that marketplace in reality?

Chomsky reveals how the political and

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What is democracy? Here, brilliant political thinker Noam Chomsky examines this question in detail. Is democracy a popular process of consultation, deliberation, and decision making? Is it another term for an open marketplace in which everyone is free to compete and consume? How "open" is that marketplace in reality?

Chomsky reveals how the political and economic principles that have prevailed are far removed from those that are popularly proclaimed. For example, one fundamental component of free trade (in theory) is that public subsidies are not allowed, but in practice, many large U.S. companies and banks owe their existence and success to routine large-scale government subsidy. As Chomsky puts it, "All understand very well that free enterprise means that the public pays the costs and bears the risks if things go wrong."

Instead of democratic social participation, chomsky defines the prevailing political principle as Neoliberalism: policies that put profit over people. In his inimitable style, he combines detailed historical examples, no-holds-barred criticism, and a sense of profound hope in social activism to refefine people as citizens rather than consumers, and democracy as a global movement rather than a global market.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888363890
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.65(d)

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Noam Chomsky is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author most recently of Hegemony or Survival, 9/11, and Power and Terror.

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Profit over People : Neoliberalism and Global Order 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Joby213 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago