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Book:Power, Inc. : the epic rivalry between big business and government--and the reckoning that lies ahead / David Rothkopf.:2012.:1st ed. Book Power, Inc. : the epic rivalry between big business and government--and the reckoning that lies ahead / David Rothkopf.
Power, Inc. : the epic rivalry between big business and government--and the reckoning that lies ahead / David Rothkopf.
Author: Rothkopf, David J 1955-
Publication year: 2012.
Language: English
Call Number HD2350.8 .R68 2012
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374533670 0374533679 9780374151287 0374151288
Notes:
"The world's largest company, Wal-Mart stores, has revenues higher than the GDP of all but twenty-five of the world's countries. Its employees outnumber the populations of almost a hundred nations. The world's largest asset manager, a secretive New York company called BlackRock, controls assets greater than the national reserves of any country on the planet. A private philanthropy, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, spends as much worldwide on health care as the World Health Organization. Rise of private power may be the most important and least understood trend of our time. In this book the author provides a look at how we have reached a point where thousands of companies have greater power than all but a handful of states. Beginning with the story of an inquisitive Swedish goat wandering off from its master and inadvertently triggering the birth of one of the oldest companies still in existence, Power, Inc. follows the rise and fall of kings and empires, the making of great fortunes, and the chaos of bloody revolutions. A fast-paced tale in which champions of liberty are revealed to be paid pamphleteers of moneyed interests and greedy scoundrels trigger changes that lift billions form deprivation, Power, Inc. traces a bruising jockeying for influence right up to today's financial crises, growing inequality, broken international financial system, and battles over proper role of government and markets. The author argues that these recent developments, coupled with the rise of powers like China and India, may not lead to the triumph of American capitalism that was celebrated just a few years ago. Instead, he considers an unexpected scenario, a contest among competing capitalisms offering different visions for how the world should work, a global ideological struggle in which European and Asian models may have advantages. An important look at the power struggle that is defining our times, the book also offers critical insights into how to navigate the tumultuous
years ahead."--P. [IV] of cover.
Extent: 436 p. ; 24 cm.
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Traces the rise of private power while explaining that thousands of companies have greater power than all but a handful of states, predicting struggles between major capitalist interests that are introducing new visions about how the world should work.
Introduction : Bodies but no souls -- Part I. The roots of modern power : the rise of states and corporations. The goat with the red horns -- 1288: the battles that gave birth to modernity -- 1648: the beginning of the great leveling -- 1776: two revolutions -- 1848: What makes a state a state? -- Part 2. The contest : the state constrained, the corporation unbound. How the rule of law backfired -- Beyond borders -- The coin of whose realm? -- The decline of force -- Part 3. The reckoning : forging a new order. Super citizens and semi-states -- Competing capitalisms.

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