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In Defence Of Global Capitalism

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  329 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Marshalling facts and the latest research findings, the author systematically refutes the adversaries of globalization, markets, and progress. This book will change the debate on globalization in this country and make believers of skeptics.
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Centre for Independent Studies (first published May 2001)
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Natasha Hurley-Walker
Full of cherry-picked statistics which totally gloss over the reality of unfettered capitalism. The point where I nearly threw it against the wall was this:

The Chilean example demonstrates the possibility of development, even in this region. When dictator Augusto Pinochet's continuation of the old policy of inflation and central control sent the economy into free fall, he began listening to market economists instead. Unlike other authoritarian regimes in the region, Chile replaced its authoritar
José Antonio Lopez
Johan Norberg's defense of capitalism is not a new book but brings common sense in times of Piketty's fifteen minutes of fame. I have not read Piketty yet but all the debate around his work seems to defy evidence of how millions of people are moving out of poverty year after year thanks to practices close to Capitalism than the Marxism that he defends. Johan Norberg showed, over 10 years before Piketty, case after case how solutions based on the respect of private property and classical liberal ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are definitely legitimate empirical and theoretical challenges that can be made to Norberg's defense of global capitalism. But, this is not meant to be an full academic review of literature on the topic. It is a polemic in the best sense - a strong argument for a legitimate but controversial viewpoint that is often poorly understood. I think he does a great job of presenting pretty strong empirical, theoretical and ethical arguments for global capitalism in an accessible and convincing man ...more
Sylvester Kuo
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really really want to like this book but it's just so hard. So I'll divide this provocative book into the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The Good: an engaging title, the title itself enticed me to read it to find out what Norberg meant by "Global Capitalism". What he really means is that both economic freedom and civil liberty have improved our living conditions globally, the freer the people, the happier the people and there is less conlict. He used data to dispell all the myths surroundin
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tärkeä kirja. On helppoa olla muutosvastarintainen ja vastustaa markkinatalouden globaalistumista mutta paljon vaikeampaa nähdä sen hyvät puolet; elintason nousun köyhimmissäkin maissa (pl. diktatuurit joiden kauppa ei koskaan ole vapaata), oikeusvaltion ja demokratian lisääntymisen taloudellisen vapauden myötä, lisääntyneen vaurauden mahdollistaman yhteiskuntien sosiaalisen, teknologisen ja koulutuksen kehityksen.

Kirjoittajalla on hyvin positiivinen, melkein julistava suhtautuminen kapitalismi
Paul Bard
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Norberg brilliantly rectifies the actual history of what happened during the South East Asian financial crises in 1997, at the same time explaining the simple and rational logic of good macroeconomic strategy.

He asserts the legal, ethical, economic and moral status of free trade, and (in the first half of the book) one by one demolishes left wing myths about the negative effects of globalisation.

It's a brilliant book, argued with lucid facts, and a fantastic contribution to the literature of cla
May 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
العولمة ممتازة...ولم لا؟...فلقد كانت سببا في حداثة اوروبا وانعدام نسب الففر فيها...هذا ما يدور حوله هذا الكتاب تقريبا مع ذكر احصاءات عديدة وامثلة لدول اخذت بالعولمة والنظام الراسمالي فتقدمت ومن تركت تقهقرت..كتاب لطيف خصوصا بعد ازمات الاقتصاد العالمي فهو سبب قوي ليثير ضحكك ومشاكل العولمة والخصوصيات الثقافية و اتساع الهوة بين الاغنياء والفقراء في اوروبا نفسها...بالطبع يحاول اقحام فكرة ان من ليس مع العولمة فهو يساري او شمولي بالضرورة ...كتاب عنوانه باختصار(العولمة حلوة مفيش كلام)
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting description for why we need capitalism or free trade, free market and etc. Many interesting and great tables, figures and facts with inspiring ideas for scholars and students. Very useful!!!
Nice comprehensive defense of globalization, especially the vast empirical support. However, I did think the book was boring at times, and I felt Norberg could have used some additional explinations to elucidate some of his conclusive opinions.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
O kadar klişe bir dil kullanmış ki gerçek mi troll mü anlayamadım.
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“Those of us who are privileged to live in affluent countries have grown appreciably richer in the past few decades. So too have the Third World rich. But the second half is, quite simply, wrong. The poor have not, generally speaking, come to be worse off in recent decades. On the contrary, absolute poverty has diminished, and where it was quantitatively greatest—in Asia—many hundreds of millions of people who barely twenty years ago were struggling to make ends meet have begun to achieve a secure existence and even a modest degree of affluence.” 0 likes
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