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Stealth of Nations by Robert Neuwirth
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An amazing look at how half of the world earns money. Neuwirth introduces us to entrepreneurs in South America, Africa and Asia who are making a living (sometimes barely) in what he calls "System D," or the unofficial, underground and often illegal economy. You don't have to visit a large flea market or be accosted by purse vendors in Rome to come in contact with System D. Neuwirth counters many of the arguments against the system with a few steady points: governments not only can't stop the system but actually benefit from it, it works for many people, and the official economic system often does no better than System D at protecting workers' health or rights.
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