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Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order: Neoliberalism and the Global Order
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am 15. Juli 1999
This isn't the type of reporting you want to hear, but it is the type of reporting you must hear if you believe in the democratic ideals this country was founded upon. Some might find something wrong with whistleblowing, but if you don't and you're not afraid to confront some disturbing truths, then grab this book and read it and think about how you can change this world. There must be something seriously disturbing in Chomsky's writing to the right wing to provoke such truth twisting and distortion in order to attempt to discredit Chomsky. If you want to know what they're afraid of, read this book (or any of Dr. Chomsky's other books, for that matter!
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am 7. Januar 2002
Chomsky's book is great and contains more
important thoughts on economic issues than most
economics textbooks. I say this as an academic
economist! When I browsed for the book I found
some comments wich condemn the book with the
argument that Chomsky knows nothing about economics. I retort: Apparently most economists now nothing about reality.
Their Ignorance is
incredible: Even if all the ultraliberal
economies in Latin America remained some more hundred years in economic disaster and inequality stinking to heaven, they would claim this were just a consequence of too less openness of markets.
But most economic models wich give the simple
results justifying neoliberalism are based on a
concept of man which is valid for greedy managers
or cynical politicans but not to the mass of people suffering under the control of them.
Thus I recommend the book as a reading especially for economists. Why going on reading about marginal product rules, which apply only
for some special markets. And even if the marginal
product rules apply, can they give us any hint on
how to solve economic problems with a humanitarian
aspect?
As an further example I ask: who (except) economist believes in simple-minded
median voter models in order to explain political
processes?
Thus if you want to solve problems of our world, read this book
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am 3. März 1999
Disclosure, dear hearts: I am an unreserved member of the same belief system as Prof. Chomsky. I completely agree with him that neoliberalism is but fascism writ recondite. For those who believe that the seven sisters (the oil companies) are the true masters of America, or that that which passes for capitalism would cause the lathe-turn of Messers Adam Smith and Edmund Burke, this book will present a cogent, organized discussion of the who, what, when, where and how of global neoliberalism masking a defacto fascist world order (we here use fascist not in the narrow sense, but in the proper definition of business in control of the governments, for all intents). I am distressed to see attacks against the professor, with whom one is invited to disagree, of course, centre on ageism (egad!) and polemic name-calling. On the other hand, given his solid basis in logic, linguistics and facts, perhaps this is the only way those in thrall to the current masque have at their disposal to attack. Those of us who believe in libertarian socialism (not the capitalist socialism narrowly defining the American Libertarian party, which is quite different from that which one sees worldwide) will enjoy this book. Those not in comity may still find it a valid source to know what "the other camp" is thinking. The only ones who ought avoid it are the benighted and crepuscular ad hominem attackers who fear ideas, or perhaps the exposure of the nude emperor, so that they may no longer with an conviction or verisimilitude pretend that their world order has anything to do with claims made by it. A must read for students of global affairs, or for those who harbour suspicions that that faint sickly-sweet aroma at the edges of the rose garden betoken a bit more rot than merely the entropic norm.
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am 29. Juni 2000
Since Noam Chomsky is ignored by the mainstream media, the best way to communicate with the public is by writing such books. And he is excellent in doing so.
The book deals with the neoliberal order, since its predominance from and during the Reagan-Thatcher era.
The book informs the public the following:
a) Corporate control over the Government and the media.
b) The Governement control over its population by spreading falsified notions about democracy, capitalism and freedom.
c) The author informs and reasons out that capitalism and democracy don't work hand-in-hand. Infact one is an anti-thesis to another.
This book is for creating awareness among the public.
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am 24. April 2000
I looked at the other reviews and it seems that either people love it or hate it. The people who hate it complain about the economics. But for me this book is more about the political culture. I found interesting the tibits about the history of corporations, quotes from Madison, etc. I think that you have to accept the basic thesis that the current system is corrupt to get the most from this book. For me, it is not a book about the application of economic theory but more about economic and political history and the current political environment.
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am 2. Juli 2014
Als Ökonom (bin in einem größeren deutschen Doktorandenprogramm) wird man ja hauptsächlich in ökonomischen Theorien und ökonometrischen Ansätzen unterrichtet, anhand von welchen man dann die Entwicklung eines Landes messen will. Häufig kommt es dann zu m.M.n. unqualifizierten Politikempfehlungen, da mit simpelsten Modellen argumentiert wird, welche der wirklichen Komplexität kaum Rechnung tragen. Chomsky schafft es eine politische Dimension zu eröffnen, welche konventionelles Wissen stark in Frage stellt. Es handelt sich bei Profit over People um ein geschichtliches Werk, welche die "freie Markt-Doktrin" als eine Illusion entlarvt, welche nur dazu dient Einflüsse bestimmter Interessengruppen durchzusetzen. Meiner Meinung nach für jeden Volkswirt mit Fokus auf internationalen Handel und jeden der "mitreden" will ein Muss.
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am 19. Oktober 1999
A great thing about this book is that one can start anywhere. It's a collection of essays that can be read in any order. What's particularly insightful and chilling is the look at East Timor: we learn the reasons for what's going on in an essay that was written before the conflict became international news.
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am 27. Februar 1999
Chomsky's political leanings have always been libertarian socialist. This work on economics contains his usual crisp clear language in exposing the failure of our current economic paradigm to live up to the first principles of economics; providing the greatest good for all people. Two of his bogey men are prominent here. The media's ability to portray an illusionary sense of well being & security and the ability of organized capital to inculcate meaningless economic axioms through psuedo intellectuals, such as 'employment depends on the short-run on aggregate demand within the business cycle and in the long run on the level of the NAIRU.', as gospel truth. This serves to obfuscate and eliminate popular debate on a pernicious economic agenda (globalism) which has produced deteriorating social conditions in the first world and devastation in the second and third worlds.. to the benefit of an ever diminishing minority, mainly those associated with speculative activities. This is one of several books that have come out recently showing that the current economic system is counter productive to greatest good. It is, in fact, a system entering a profound crisis as it's intentions and deceptions become increasingly apparent. It will, however, be those people who have been made dependent on this weak fabric of lies, now being torn asunder by global financial realities, who will suffer most. As in most Chomsky works this book is clearer in it's ability to characterise the villain that it's ability to define a solution. Any attempt to show that the Global Emporer has no clothes, though, is to be admired.
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am 9. Januar 2000
I think that this is a great book for those out there that think that social welfare is an important thing that should not be destoryed by big business, and the governments that is owns (including the USA, and the UK).
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am 30. April 2017
Das Buch ist ein Geschenk für meinen Enkel. Da ich nicht so flüssig in englisch lesen kann . Kann ich nur sagen was mein Enkel dazu sagte. Er war sehr Zufrieden.
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