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2.0 out of 5 stars yet again, 8 April 2003
This review is from: False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism (Paperback)
" the free market is a short loved phenonemon" Sorry, I thought it had been here since time immemorial. Quite simply it has. Ever since one cave man sold another cave man his dinosaur for the best price
It is statements like that that make you despair of left leaning "economists" because quite frankly, like a lot of this book, the views are simply not in touch with everyday reality
My personal views are slightly left of centre but even though we might all have misgivings about certain aspects of the free market and "globalisation", I find it difficult to feel to unhappy with what we have when we see the general prosperity ofthe countries that have adherred, to varying extents, to this creed. Gray also seems to feel that democracy and free market do not work together. He should get out more often...
Like too many of these slightly sneering books, no realistic alternatives are ever put forward. With this being the case, there is little point in reading further
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2009 23:46:03 GMT
Champiodi says:
...and why invent seat belts if the inventor can't be bothered giving us an alternative to the car. Weird logic, fella.

Posted on 12 Apr 2009 12:49:44 BDT
Bill Kelly says:
care to re-evaluate your review in the current climate?

Posted on 3 Nov 2010 10:06:07 GMT
Bartering existing long before currency - and is not the same as a free global market, which is what John Grey is talking about.
Markets have always been fettered by law - in medieval times you would buy a legal monopoly on say wool making and no-one else could make any wool in your area.
So no - the free market has not existed since time immemorial - it's part of a political project to suggest that it's natural.
John Grey isn't particularly left leaning or an economist (he's a philosopher), and frankly while times might be better than they were, it's hardly ideal and in a lot of ways we 've gone backwards since the sixties.
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