- Taschenbuch: 136 Seiten
- Verlag: Haymarket Books (6. Mai 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1608463850
- ISBN-13: 978-1608463855
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 0,6 x 13,3 x 19 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 146.110 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Capitalism: A Ghost Story (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Mai 2014
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Praise for Arundhati Roy's Field Notes on Democracy:
"Gorgeously wrought . . . pitch-perfect prose. . . . In language of terrible beauty, she takes India's everyday tragedies and reminds us to be outraged all over again." Time
"In her searing account, Roy asks whether our shriveled forms of democracy will be 'the endgame of the human race'and shows vividly why this is a prospect not to be lightly dismissed." Noam Chomsky
The scale of what Roy surveys is staggering. Her pointed indictment is devastating.” The New York Times Book Review
An electrifying political essayist... So fluent is her prose, so keen her understanding of global politics, and so resonant her objections to nuclear weapons, assaults against the environment, and the endless suffering of the poor that her essays are as uplifting as they are galvanizing.” Booklist
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I’m not usually one for polemic writing and an anecdotal rather than academic approach to facts, and I’m not crazy about books that are actually collections of essays. Yet in her very own enraged, engaged and witty style, Arundhati Roy manages to bind it all together into one powerful narrative, and expose on less than 100 pages, more – at times surprising – aspects of the insidious nature of global capitalism (and on the threat it poses to our freedom and well-being), than a half dozen much longer academic treatises on the subject combined. While you will learn a lot about politics in what is purportedly the world’s largest democracy – India – the principles at work and the insights gained are universal in nature, so that if you don’t see the relevance of Indian politics to your life, you needn’t worry. This book is relevant! Among many other insights of global importance, it shows what happens if market dynamics and greed are left unchecked by an inadequate and corrupt political system. It shows that many things are not what they seem to be on the surface – and in your daily newscast.
To be sure, it cannot replace genuinely analytic inquiry into the effects of a “free market” system, such as Thomas Piketty undertakes in Capital in the Twenty-First Century, but no matter what your political persuasion, you will most probably walk away from this Ghost Story with a richer understanding of the world we live in and of an economic system that may have many virtues (its emphasis on individual freedom foremost), but that clear-thinking and astute citizens cannot leave without modification, if we wish to see our freedoms preserved – not only nominally and relegated to the make-believe form of consumer choice, but genuine freedom, in all actuality. In that same vein, I recommend also David Graeber, The Democracy Project.
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Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy.
Chapter 1 isn’t about India; it’s about the entire world and corporate philanthropy.
“Corporate Philanthropy”, two conflicting words.
Don’t Read the whole book. Just read pages 21 to 46.
Chapters 2 thru 6 are kind of depressing. They’re about India’s poverty and how capitalism is making it worse. What’s new?
I bought this book because of Chapter 1. It is the heart and soul, and almost half (41%) of the book. This chapter reveals the deceptive nature of Corporate Charity, the Non Profit Industrial Complex (NPIC) and Non Government Organizations (NGOs). It shows the role they play in suppressing dissension or misdirecting grass roots movements. Not just in India, but, the entire planet. Arundhati explains how it is possible for the entire population to remain complacent (apathetic) while the atrocities in chapters 2 thru 6 take place.
MOST corporate charities do MORE HARM THAN GOOD.
Roy names specific corporations and their links to specific Grass Roots organizations. She discusses Bretton Woods, the IMF, the World Bank, the CFR, RAND, the CIA, the Ford & Rockefeller Foundations, Nelson Mandela & the ANC, Steve Biko, MLK, The Black Panthers, Bill Gates, Oprah, Memorandums Of Understanding (MOU) and much more; all within these 40 pages. I have not read a book this concise and understandable, since “Green Eggs and Ham” (minus the repetition).
To get an idea of what Chapter 1 is about, below is a statement by Malcolm X (not in the book). He’s referring to MLK and his Nobel Peace Prize.
"He got the peace prize, we got the problem.... If I'm following a general, and he's leading me into a battle, and the enemy tends to give him rewards, or awards, I get suspicious of him. Especially if he gets a peace award before the war is over." Malcolm X
Ask yourself why Malcolm never got a peace prize?
And, why is there no Malcolm X Day?
I recommend Chapter 1 of this book to anyone seeking the truth as to how the world works. It will help them bypass a lot of useless, misleading, disinformation.
This book has 128 pages: 31 pages of index & footnotes, 57 pages for chapter 2 thru 6, 40 pages for chapter 1.
Since this book is concise, I also recommend that you supplement it with the following:
Bill Blum’s “Rogue State” & “Killing Hope”.
Noam Chomsky’s “Understanding Power”.
Lance Selfa’s “The Democrats: A Critical History”.
MLK speech “Beyond Vietnam (1967,04,04)”.
Malcolm X speech “Message to the Grass Roots (1963,11,10)”.
Or the following DVD’s & You Tube Videos:
Margaret Flowers (Flowers, Hochfeld & Huntington - Talking Healthcare, Jan. 29, 2011).….
The Corporation- Manufacturing Consent….
“Baraka - Dead Can Dance - The Host Of Seraphim [HD - 1080p]"…
John Pilger….. Vandana Shiva…
I saw Roy in a video with Howard Zinn (A People’s History). This led me to a video of her reading Chapter One of this book. That video was posted on You Tube by Non Profit - “Wrong kind of Green”. It can also be found at “OutlookIndia” and of course at “Haymarket Books”.
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