A biting comic-book history of capitalism and globalization from the “dean of Mexico’s vigorous corps of political cartoonists” (The New York Times)
In hopes of curing his business woes, Charro Machorro—windshield washer, roadside vendor, and free-market enthusiast—pays a visit to a faith healer in the Arizona desert and learns more than he bargained for about how the free market really works. To increase his profits, the healer suggests, he should establish his company during the Middle Ages, gain a monopoly, exploit natural resources, break up unions (though currently he’s the only employee), and, of course, become a multinational corporation. The healer’s $20,000 fee shows that she, at least, knows how to manage her own little business.
In a single, hilarious rush, cartoonist Rafael Barajas, aka El Fisgón (“the peeper”), takes us from the dawn of capitalism to the age of global conglomerates, showing how the world economy developed and how it functions today. Amid the laughs, he offers a critique of a planet in which the few “globalize” to their endless benefit, while everyone else suffers poverty, famine, migration, and war.
El Fisgón’s graphically stunning, visually sophisticated book, filled with allusions to the history of art and cartooning, cleverly reverses every self-help manual for playing the market, teaching us not how to become rich but rather why so many remain poor.
About the Author
El Fisgón is Mexico’s leading political cartoonist, author of seven cartoon books, co-founder of two satirical magazines, and illustrator of children’s books. A winner of Mexico’s National Journalism Prize, he lives in Mexico City.
Table of Contents
Introducing: Charro Machorro, The Biggest Loser
1.The Entrepreneurs Take Power
2.The Industrial Revolution and the Sins of Capital
3.Colonialism and Globalization in the Age of Industry
4.A Young Wheeler-Dealer Named Sam
5.War and Capitalism (Redundancy Intended)
6.Socialism, Nationalism, and Rheumatism
7.The Second World War
8.Some Burning Issues of the Cold War
9.How Neo is Neoliberalism?
10.The Computer Revolution
11.How to Impose Neoliberalism
13.How to Leave the Third World Behind . . . And Find Yourself in the Fourth
14.Globalization, a.k.a. Economic Colonialism
15.The Fall of the Socialist Bloc
16.New World Order or New World Chaos?
17.Globaphobes of the World, Unite!
18.A Muddled Model
19.September 11, 2002
20.The Mess in Washington
21.The Terrorism of War
2022.How to Make a Big Mess Global
23.A Program of Action
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
more Americans need to read this book, and broaden their minds a bit. Because there are more perspectives of world history/current events than just the American side, after all. Updated to