Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain (Paperback)
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DescriptionA devastating indictment of the corruption at the heart of the British State by one of our most popular media figures.George Monbiot made his name exposing the corruption of foreign governments; now he turns his keen eye on Britain. In the most explosive book on British politics of the new decade, Monbiot uncovers what many have suspected but few have been able to prove: that corporations have become so powerful they now threaten the foundations of democratic government.Many of the stories George Monbiot recounts have never been told before, and they could scarcely be more embarrassing to a government that claims to act on behalf of all of us. Some are - or should be - resigning matters. Effectively, the British government has collaborated in its own redundancy, by ceding power to international bodies controlled by corporations. CAPTIVE STATE highlights the long term threat to our society and ultimately shows us ways in which we can hope to withstand the might of big business.
- Published: 01 December 2001
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780330369435 ISBN 10: 0330369431
- Sales rank: 343,765
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State held captive by neoliberal economic policies
This book describes the corporate takeover of Britain. Another, by Paul Hellyer, called Ã?Â¢??Stop, ThinkÃ?Â¢?? (ISBN: 0969439466) describes the corporate takeover of the world. Both books could be subsumed under the subject matter of Neoliberalism, which is explained most excellently by David Harvey in his book Ã?Â¢??A Brief History of NeoliberalismÃ?Â¢?? (ISBN: 0199283273). Harvey explains the causations of the doctrine and its development in the last century, and its relevance (and more) to the current century. All three books show corporate (financial, commercial and industrial) greed reflected in history on a grand scale. Having not been stopped, the new world order has increasingly become one of domination by the power of greed.
Economics & politics (Ã?Â¢??EcopolinomicsÃ?Â¢??) are intertwined and inseparable, for humans are no different from other creatures in their quest to survive, even at the expense of their fellow creatures, whether inadvertently or wilfully. Which is why the understanding of economics & politics must be understood together, both historically and currently.
What these books show is very much related to the laissez-faire theory of the Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723 - 1790), which was the belief that if mankind were given the freedom to act out of self-interest (selfishness?) and pursue maximum personal gain, the consequences would be Ã?Â¢??most agreeable to the interests of the whole of societyÃ?Â¢?? (This is something of an irony, one could say).
The economist John Maynard Keynes (1883 - 1946) once said: Ã?Â¢??The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little elseÃ?Â¢??.
An antidote for nation states all over the world being held captive to corporate greed can be found in the use of simultaneous policies that can be examined at www.simpol.org
___________________________________________________________ by Enzo Short