I'm defintely too, supportive of a book written about a people, *by* one of those people.
I have an Irish friend who observes many of the customs written of in this book (as do his family, and myself as well) which further lends credence to it's authenticity.
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Books like this should contain documentation, look for a bibliography, look for footnotes when you buy such a book.
They came back and began the systematic bleeding of America began; starting with Kissenger's go-ahead signal to OPEC. Ever since then, the powerful middle class has been raped and pounded into utter submission and servility. We have sacrificed millions of good jobs to the blamphemous, sophomoric lie of Comparative Advantage. That lie from Hell used to convert a self-contained American economy into a one-trick pony that only a tiny few can profit from. The rest of us have fallen into that hell prepared for the middle class: the massive service sector and all the menial, frivolous jobs you can work to make ends meet. Our elites partly replaced our lost earning power with plastic shackles: credit cards. The security of the American home has been second mortgaged to the limit, again to make up for lack of decent or dignified work. All the while, our manic-depressive, psychopathic, megalomanic corporate elites are laughing all the way to the off-shore bank.
Thirty years of looting, bleeding, and Balkanizing have accelerated social entropy to the point of no return. The only way to keep the libertinism of the masses under control is to restore FEUDAL political and social institutions. Feudalism hasn't been seen in centuries but it's coming. Those wild, out of control, multinational corporations will be our new Kings and Lords. Governments, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed, will be reduced to global civil servants of Global corporations. By law, corporations ARE persons and Global corporations will be the only true "citizens of the world".
No more will the little people EVER dare to fight back! By design, wealth accumulation will be impossible as national economies have been structured to prevent labor from ever having value. There will be an Inner cabal of wealthy Mandarins in every field but they can be replaced without harm to the system if they ever forget who pays their rare middle class pay. There will be a royal caste made up of today's highest CEO's and political figures. They sit on each other's boards, travel, conduct business, and do whatever else without ever having to interact with the massive underclass, struggling to eke out a living as cashiers, dog washers, waiters, convenience store clerks, pizza delivery, telemarketers, title pawn shop clerks, fast food slaves, etc. etc. etc!
What we are seeing is only the end result of plans made over 35 years ago.
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*Democratizing the Global Economy* claims to focus on the first of these: education. It offers a variety of essays that fall into three categories: how to protest corporate globalism, the structure and influence of the World Bank and IMF, and future directions for the anti-globalism movement. The essays vary in quality. Robert Weissman's "Twenty Questions on the IMF" is a genuinely instructive piece outlining the relationship between the IMF, Congress, and the World Bank. Noam Chomsky's co-authored "A Letter to the U.S. Congress," on the other hand, seems thrown in only to include Chomsky in the volume's list of contributors. Most of the essays tend to be rhetorical rather than analytical or statistical. One sometimes has the impression of being harangued at a public meeting, and as a consequence is fired up without being instructed.
Still, the book is well worth reading. I would suggest, however, that it be read in conjunction with some more analytical treatments such as Marjorie Kelly's *Divine Right of Capital* or Charles Derber's *Corporation Nation*.
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I personally feel that every member of the developed world should read this book just to know how they are being indirectly represented abroad through their tax-dollars.
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