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Benjamin

cooperstown, NY, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert B. Reich
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Since the 1970s, and notwithstanding three recessions, the U.S. economy has soared. American capitalism has been a triumph, and it has spread throughout the world. At the same time, argues the former U.S. secretary of labor, Robert B. Reich, the effectiveness of democracy in America has declined. It has grown less responsive to the citizenry, and people are feeling more and more helpless as a result.

    Kenneth says: "Robert Reich for V.P. (of the U.S.)"
    "not all there"
    Overall

    His analysis of the economy in the broad strokes is well done. The book also has little problem holding the attention of the reader (listener). However the reason I rated it so poorly is in part because I am always offended by "intellectuals" that think we the reader are, for lack of a better word,dumb. First he creates the impression that he has all of this information, but that he is only going to give us the simplified version. So I should believe that if we had all the information I would see his point of view? For example he asserts that the reason for the increase in lobby money is the "extreme competition" of corporations ,that does not follow Occam's razor, the simple explanation would be that Washington has money to deal out in the form of favors, contracts, laws (that would help one company vs. another) etc. This draws the corporations like flies on a corpse. If A corporation fails to participate (i.e. Microsoft) they will pay the penalty.
    The second, is that he espouses Kant's theory (without crediting him). He would have us believe that the corporations giving millions to disaster relief etc. is selfish (disparagingly) not a sacrifice on their part because they did not do it "disinterestedly". So...The Corporation should act against there own interests? Or would the government? Or a citizen etc. If I give money to a charity it is not "disinterested" I either value what they are doing, or I like to feel that I am doing good.
    This book should be read critically, then perhaps discarded.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Naomi Klein
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    In her ground-breaking reporting, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism". Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment": losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.

    Nika says: "You can't be neutral..."
    "worth the read?"
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    What did you like best about The Shock Doctrine? What did you like least?

    This book i did find an interesting read, and entertaining. I read it sometime ago and found it leaving more questions than it answered. Her sloppy use of history leaves much to be desired. However its the false paradigm of this book that makes you regret investing your time. Are we to believe that the tragedy of governments seizing peoples property for mercantilism can only be solved by governments controlling our property for socialism? are we so naive? The choice as it has always been is between Capitalism and statism, force and coercion or voluntary trade. Not between who controls the coercive machine. No miss klien we are not so easily duped.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Naomi Klein again?

    yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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