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Bad Samaritans by Ha-Joon Chang
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Nov 23, 2011

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Recommended for: free market conservatives, neoliberal democratics, or uninformed libertarians.
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This is an excellent primer for anyone not intimately familiar with neoliberal capitalism. The author does an excellent job of pointing out the historical examples in which the policies which the western world has blindly followed for the past 50 years have failed and contrasts different approaches which emerging countries have utilized to achieve much better results. This is a great argument for a strong role of government in developing industry and for a highly regulated economy. Conversely it is a damning indictment of the IMF, the WTO, and the countries which mostly control those bodies; primarily the US & Europe. This along with Confessions of an Economic Hitman should be a good introduction to the worldview shared by such great intellectuals as Noam Chomsky. However, this book is boooooring and pretty slow. It is full of information and good stories but it is definitely written by an economist.

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