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on 28 May 2001
The WTO debacle at Seattle, corruptible Helmut Kohl, no discernible policy choice between the UK Labour and the Conservatives, Senate changes in the US based on no mandate (one man changes his mind) and the longest period of widespread peace in Europe and North America - Politics, like baseball, is fast becoming a minority sport.
Given the irrelevance of who may or may not have won the US presidential election last year combined with the very recent US senate changes, Hertz's provides a book that isn't just political rhetoric. Instead we have a discussion of the corporate-government-people relationships that, regardless of whether they may or may not have taken place, have changed how people feel. We can all dispute the facts and the version of events put forward by Hertz in the book, but how do people feel? Yes, this book touches a raw global nerve. We can not shy away from the very real perception that politicians are impotent in the face of corporate globalisation.
The book makes some astute observations of the roles of the WTO and UN at the global level, asking whether they really serve us? or we them? in terms of accountability and conflict of interests. How does one balance the "blind trust fund" concept of public ownership, in order to remain impartial, with the desire for transparency and accountability, in order to ensure voters feel enfranchised?
This book will not appeal to those who champion either extreme of free market or public ownership models, instead it will have popular appeal to those who (a) have never experienced the need to fight for basic suffrage (b) increasingly see politics as a complete waste of time. Why do we bother? This is not a high minded book, it is a worthy attempt at trying to engage the "real voters" in a debate about what is important and where the power lies. Do you really vote?
If you didn't vote in your last election, you should buy this book.
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