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The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy (edição 2002)

por Noreena Hertz (Autor)

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The way we are governed is changing; so is our economy. Government has less and less power to influence how we live our lives, while the private sector has more power than ever to control what we do and what we think. Yet the business pages of the newspapers still come as a supplement, while the activities of governments dominate the front pages and the headlines. To understand the new world in which we are living, we need to learn to challenge long-held assumptions about the nature of power in society; The Silent Takeover is an essential guide to that new understanding as we progress through the 21st century: a time in which we can no longer rely on politicians - of whatever stripe - to meet our needs; a time in which business, rather than political parties, offers the way forward; a time in which we can make more of an impact through our pockets than we have ever done through the ballot box. In the wake of an economic recession, Hertz's eye-opening book reveals much about early 21st century politics and its effects on society.… (mais)
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Título:The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy
Autores:Noreena Hertz (Autor)
Informação:Free Press (2002), Edition: 1st, 256 pages
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Books about current affairs always run the risk of getting muddled, or being outdated by the next event around the corner. Both happen to "The silent takeover. Global capitalism and the death of democracy" by Noreena Herz.

Large parts of the book consist of a vast compilation of facts about government and corporate behaviour. While being very descriptive, no clear analysis emerges. The book suggests that after the major privatazation in the Thatcher-Reagan era, companies responded in two ways: responsibly and irresponsibly, with the author emphasizing the latter. The current financial crisis gives the book a very dated feel to it.

Hardly any analysis is given of the development of the protest movement, and the author's apparent condonement of extra-legality and violence is troublesome. The comparison to early 20th century reform movements of the period 1900 - 1915 is interesting, but a closer analysis of events at that time would be useful, especially the cause and development leading to it. Herz seems undecided whether the current protests of anti-globalists (a word she never uses) and developments at present mirror those at an earlier time or are in effect a continuation of that reform movement.

Memorable are the words of Chinese statesman Zhou Enlai when asked about the effects of the French Revolution: "It is too early to tell."

This first book by Noreena Herz leaves us with many questions, which she will hopefully answer in further publications. ( )
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The way we are governed is changing; so is our economy. Government has less and less power to influence how we live our lives, while the private sector has more power than ever to control what we do and what we think. Yet the business pages of the newspapers still come as a supplement, while the activities of governments dominate the front pages and the headlines. To understand the new world in which we are living, we need to learn to challenge long-held assumptions about the nature of power in society; The Silent Takeover is an essential guide to that new understanding as we progress through the 21st century: a time in which we can no longer rely on politicians - of whatever stripe - to meet our needs; a time in which business, rather than political parties, offers the way forward; a time in which we can make more of an impact through our pockets than we have ever done through the ballot box. In the wake of an economic recession, Hertz's eye-opening book reveals much about early 21st century politics and its effects on society.

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