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chomsky view on globilisation,wto,world bank&imf bank,
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This review is from: Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and the Global Order (Paperback)
having read some of the reviews of chomsky,s work,i am amazed at the lack of understanding of some people.having studied economics,politics&history i have no problem understanding chomsky.
let me enlighten some of reviewers:-
1)countries are run by powerful elites(usually the wealthy)
2)powerful interests do not have to get together to control a country,they ensure in a democracy,that the people we elect,they pay for do what they want
3)if you believe that at election time you sticking an x next to your prefered canditate is going to having any meaning,you are going to be very disappointed.
4)i come from a country that is controlled by 14 land owning families,they are also in government,controlling all key sectors of the economy,even though my country is democracy,the people are still desperatly poor.regardless who we vote for,we see no benefits coming our way
5)unless you are prepared to believe that you are far from a free thinking individual,and are a product of your society,with pre-conceived half baked idea's from an early age,how can you possibly think outside of your own fish bowl
6)chomsky allows you to think outside the fish bowl,gives you a different perspective,be gratefull you might learn something usefull.
7)some american reviewers get very upset if any one is critical of the capitilist system,this i think goes to americans being brain washed from an early age, in to believing that capitilism has no weakness.Europeans long realised it's downside,as a result they created an extensive welfare system.
8)chomsky does not say get rid of capitilism.he says realise it's limits and make it work better for everyone not just the fortunate few.
9)let me qoute 2 of the greatest economists of the 20th centuary both americans:-
milton friedman who believes that we should work for the money or jhon kenneth galbraith who believes that money should be made to work for us.you choose, i have already made my choice
10)having read all the major works of all the so called greats of the world of history,economics&politics i can say chomsky is the best of the best
11)picking a few sentances from his works here and there,to justify your dislike for him is not proper and just,chomsky's works must be read in full to gain a clear understanding of what he's trying to say
12)i constantly come across people who profess to have read chomsky,but quite evidently failed to understand him
13)why is he so hated by the american media,for god's he's your countries leading intellectual,and he was voted the most influential intellectual in the world last year.
14)if chomsky was European he would have far more respect,because Europeans have always been more sceptical than our american counterparts,remember we did invent the modern capitlist system as practised by the americans