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Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do

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The end of the cold war was thought to signal the triumph of Western capitalism over Communism. In Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists than We Do, Napoleoni argues just the opposite: what we are witnessing instead is the beginning of the collapse of capitalism and the victory of "communism with a profit motive." Maonomics charts the prodigious ascent ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Seven Stories Press (first published 2010)
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Ian Robertson
Oct 26, 2012 Ian Robertson rated it it was ok
Maonomics would be more appropriately titled “Unbreakable China; Broken English” because it focuses on the wonderful attributes of China (including why Tiananmen Square was necessary) and the many, many faults of the West (including our lack of press freedom compared to China’s). In fact the majority of the book is spent on the West’s faults, and to the extent China’s economic model is discussed, it is decidedly not Mao’s but rather Deng’s that is exalted. Maonomics has a better ring to it than ...more
Vicky
Oct 05, 2012 Vicky rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. Its most interesting idea is that the communist state may be perceived as more democratic in its own way than the West. China is an enigma on many levels. Westerners apply various points of reference to explain to themselves what exactly happens in this country. Napoleoni goes back in history, analyses the culture as a whole, looks at positive and negative factors and comes to a conclusion that China created a unique model of succeeding in the 21st century. While Eur ...more
Joan
Jan 16, 2015 Joan rated it liked it
Interessant anàlisi del capitalisme i del sistema polític occidental des de la perspectiva xinesa. Tot i això, és molt superficial pel que fa a la qualitat i quantitat de informació sobre la estructura institucional xinesa. Sovint s'utilitzen afirmacions i comparacions relativament poc contrastables.
Sean
Jan 06, 2015 Sean rated it it was amazing
Loretta Napoleoni goes against traditional media portrayals of China and gives a very interesting perspective, albeit at a different angle, on the Chinese economy. It challenges you to rethink and question the consensus, Western perception of China as anti-capitalist and communist.
Gaetano
Mar 19, 2016 Gaetano rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cosa speravo di trovare : Perché il Pcc è riuscito a creare il miracolo economico del XXI secolo, partendo dalla rivoluzione maoista ai giorni nostri.

Cosa ho trovato: L'occidente e gli yuppie sono brutti e cattivi, in Cina non si sta male.

Pessimo.
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Rodrigo Leão
Dec 09, 2014 Rodrigo Leão rated it really liked it
Highly recommend to everyone who wants to know more about China and the world nowadays...
Diana
Jan 02, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
I represent Loretta. Another fresh, provocative take on a global economic dynamic. How much of what we've been taught to think about China is wrong? (And why?) And the question the Occupy movements ask: Is capitalism inherently democratic?
Rachel Bayles
Mar 10, 2012 Rachel Bayles rated it really liked it
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Anyone who has seen her on TED knows this woman is doing some of our heavy thinking for us. So it's hard to discount her exploration of how the West is hoodwinked by spin.
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Jan 04, 2013 Lance Wiggs rated it did not like it
I think this author has something to say. But sadly the rhetoric and style gets in the way of a reasonable discussion. Someone else needs to address the topic.
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Loretta Napoleoni is the bestselling author of Maonomics, Rogue Economics, Terror Incorporated and Insurgent Iraq. She is an expert on terrorist financing and money laundering, and advises several governments and international organizations on counter-terrorism and money laundering. As Chairman of the countering terrorism financing group for the Club de Madrid, Napoleoni brought heads of state fro ...more
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