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Profit Over People : Neoliberalism and…

Profit Over People : Neoliberalism and Global Order (1999)

by Noam Chomsky

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I picked up the book to learn what is neoliberalism, and understand it in the current context. It worked to a limited extent. I missed a lot of required background for the book. The book didn't explain what NAFTA was, or other discussed trade agreements. The book looks suitable for someone who keeps up with the current affairs (or did so in the '90s), knows the jargon, and is interested in Noam Chomsky's take on them. It won't do a good job of introducing you to the subject. (I'm open for suggestions!) ( )
  automatthias | Jun 19, 2017 |
Chomsky shows us how Big Business and Government collude in private to prevent democracy from happening and impose Free Market Capitalism which forces people into low wage insecure jobs, no human rights, fucked up work-life balances, no benefits etc. This is to facciliate what Naomi Klein-another leading figure of the Left called 'Wild Capital', and 'Wild' Capital, if it is to flow freely between Nation States, must be able to do so unimpeded by such things as Human Rights, Labour Rights, Democracy etc.
The most distressing aspect of all this is how Chomsky shows us how the above subvert and prevent Democracy whilst giving an appearance of Democracy by holding Elections which are as he points out just 'Electoral Exercises' rather than true exercises in People Power and the People, he points out, are stripped of their powers and controlled by 'men of superior quality' (probably a Platonic thing as in the Republic?) who know how to govern [properly] the 'rabble hordes' or vulgar masses as he points out.
This book, and the rest of Chomsky's Ouvre therefore is ESSENTIAL Reading for all those seeking to understand the landscape/s they are forced to inhabit and the need to overcome them,which again Chomsky shows us to give us hope that the Rich and Unaccountable Agenda setters CAN be called to account and not just ride roughshod of the wills of the peoples. ( )
  wonderperson | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Neoliberalism is the defining political economic paradigm of our time--it refers to the politics and processes whereby a relative handful of private interests are permitted to control as much as possible of social life in order to maximize their personal profit.
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In Profit Over People, Noam Chomsky takes on neoliberalism: the pro-corporate system of economic and political policies presently waging a form of class war worldwide. By examining the contradictions between the democratic and market principles proclaimed by those in power and those actually practiced, Chomsky critiques the tyranny of the few that restricts the public arena and enacts policies that vastly increase private wealth, often with complete disregard for social and ecological consequences. Combining detailed historical examples and uncompromising criticism, Chomsky offers a profound sense of hope that social activism can reclaim people's rights as citizens rather than as consumers, redefining democracy as a global movement, not a global market.… (more)

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