Why is the Atlantic slowly filling with crude petroleum, threatening a millions-of-years-old ecological balance? Why did traders at prominent banks take high-risk gambles with the money entrusted to them by hundreds of thousands of clients around the world, expanding and leveraging their investments to the point that failure led to a global financial crisis that left millions of people jobless and hundreds of cities economically devastated? Why would the world’s most powerful military spend ten years fighting an enemy that presents no direct threat to secure resources for corporations?
The culprit in all cases is neoliberal
ideology—the belief in the supremacy of “free” markets to drive and
govern human affairs. And in the years since the initial publication of
Noam Chomsky’s Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order, the
bitter vines of neoliberalism have only twisted themselves further into
the world economy, obliterating the public’s voice in public affairs and
substituting the bottom line in place of people’s basic obligation to
care for one another as ends in themselves. In Profit Over People,
Chomsky reveals the roots of the present crisis, tracing the history of
neoliberalism through an incisive analysis of free trade agreements of
the 1990s, the World Trade Organization, and the International Monetary
Fund—and describes the movements of resistance to the increasing
interference by the private sector in global affairs.
In the years since the initial publication of Profit Over People, the stakes have only risen. Now more than ever, Profit Over People is one of the key texts explaining how the crisis facing us operates—and how, through Chomsky’s analysis of resistance, we may find an escape from the closing net.
Profits Over People : Neoliberalism and the New Order - Noam Chomsky
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