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Profit Over People. Neoliberalismus und globale Weltordnung

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In "Profit Over People," Noam Chomsky takes on neoliberalism: the pro-corporate system of economic and political policies presently waging a form of class war worldwide. By examining the contradictions between the democratic and market principles proclaimed by those in power and those actually practiced, Chomsky critiques the tyranny of the few that restricts the public ar ...more
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Published September 2000 (first published July 1st 1998)
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Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book didn’t quite do what I was hoping it would do. I was hoping for a more or less comprehensive left wing critique of neoliberal economic theory. What I got was a critique of the effects of neoliberal economic theory. Those are two quite different things. Let me explain. Neoliberalism (and I have to say that I find it remarkably amusing that my spell checker does not recognise the term – what would Chomsky have to say about that little factoid?) holds that anything that hinders the free o ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profit over people has been a rallying cry for some time now. Chomsky put this book out in 1998 and it has been revised in 2011. I remember Reagan's deregulation and saving American industry (usually with protectionism). I was in graduate school in the late 90s and remember the push for globalization. The irony there too is I was attended a very liberal university and the international relations program was big on globalization. Globalization was seen as open and free trade with each nation prod ...more
I am almost embarrassed to say that this was my first introduction to the concept of neoliberalism, and how it is distinct from classical liberalism. Classical liberalism focuses on protecting the rights of the individual from government interference, whereas neoliberalism focuses on promoting economic prosperity by giving businesses freedom from regulation in the ultimate hope (in theory, at least) of the trickle down. Noam Chomsky does little to attack neoliberalism as an economic theory in th ...more
Reading Chomsky is informative, eye opening, and disturbing. Few writers challenge what you think you know better than he. And yet despite the insights, the analysis, the disturbing revelations that are really a matter of public record and knowledge, what comes through is his optimism and belief in the power of collective groups to work to the benefit of all. Noam Chomsky is brilliant, insightful, a first class mind, destined to be studied for generations, but he is also first and foremost a goo ...more
كعادة تشوميسكي يقوم بشدك لمناطق ما كانت لتجذب اهتمامك لو أن أحداً غيره أثارها أمامك

الإتفاقية متعددة الأطراف الخاصة بالاستثمار
Multilateral Agreement on Investment

هل سمعت بها من قبل؟ لم أكن قد سمعت بها قبل قراءة هذا الكتاب وحتى وإن كنت قد فعلت، لم أكن لأفهم كواليسها ودلالاتها

الإتفاقية متعددة الأطراف الخاصة بالاستثمار، هي إحدى الإتفاقيات التي تصب في مصلحة كبرى الشركات العالمية، ضُرِب على المفاوضات الخاصة بها غطاء من السرية وذلك لأن الساسة والإعلاميون يعرفون جيداً أن الجمهور (الشعوب) لن يغتبط بالإت
Yaser Maadat
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يعرض نعوم تشومسكي في هذا "المرجع الهام" تصوره عن النيوليبرالية و دورها الحاسم في تشكيل هوية النظام العالم الجديد بعد افول الليبرالية الكلاسيكية،يتحدث تشومسكي عن ماهية هذه النيوليبرالية في اطار ارتباطاتها المتشعبة بعالم البيزنس و اللوبيّات الاقتصادية و السلطة السياسية الموظفة لدى هذه النيوليبرالية.
يصنف تشومسكي النيوليبرالية صراحة في تصنيف فاشستي دكتاتوري مهيمن على الاقتصاد و السياسة في العالم عبر العديد من المنظمات الاقتصادية و التجارية و السياسية في العالم و التي تتحكم فيها عدد محدود من الشركات
Adam Ross
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chomsky makes some good points, but in his central thesis he misunderstands the free market. The argument of this book is that the rhetoric of capitalism and Milton Friedman's neo-liberalism have been used by the uber-mega corporations to keep themselves in power. This is certainly true of the Rush Limbaugh/Sean Hanity neo-conservative movement. I have personally heard Limbaugh shill for the mega corporations on his show, and this constitutes a misunderstanding of the free market and how huge co ...more
Mar 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Chomsky has a gift for picking apart convincingly the arguments that others use to support the Global status quo. In this book he discusses how "free trade" really isn't free and how US and Western European policies have helped keep the undeveloped world poor. Not for the faint of heart or anyone who voted for Bush.
Ali Benam
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for deeper explorations into the theory of neoliberalism, however the title could be "A History of Neoliberalism".
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got 50% through this book before deciding that going through the rest would kind of be a waste of time. I just wasn't getting anything out of this book, and thought it was kind of junky. I'll give it two stars because maybe the second half is really great, and I do think there is value in keeping us aware of bad policy and hypocrisy in our history/present.

Chomsky seems to follow a format in each piece (it's not really a book, but a collection of shorter essays and pieces):

(1) make a caricatur
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
This anthology of lectures and articles regarding the "Washington Consensus" and what's called global "free trade" was a quick and to the point kind of book. Chomsky gives a detailed history of the global trade bodies like the WTO, IMF/WB, the MAI, the Trilateral Commission, and trade agreements like NAFTA. In his classic way, Chomsky critiques these institutions and points out the extremely harmful effects for humans and the earth as well as pointing out the hypocrisy they call democracy. Choms ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collection of essays and speeches on the topic of neoliberalism. Difficult to get through the book quickly because a some things are so outrageous and leave you filled with rage at the injustice. Would recommend reading if you want to really see how 'democracy' works in the current neoliberal system, however it will not give you and introduction to what neoliberalism is or any solutions on how to have a popular involvement in democracy.
C. Scott
A nice companion piece with Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine... this one helps fill in some of the deep history of the early Neoliberal shift in the global economy. I must say this book didn't grab me quite as much as some of the other Chomsky I've read, but the broader message about power's attempts to keep the "ultimate weapon" (i.e. the public)from knowing what's behind the "thin veil of secrecy" is still a very important one to keep in mind.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book with some key points about both the proletariat and the power of the junta, though could be far more informative with regards to specifics in the advertisement center and a more critical analysis of those who are specifically running these organizations, board of directors etc. --but really, an awesome addition to Chomsky's work and particularly informative on the history of worker movements and the wrangling of profit from a practical and philosophical perspective.
Maciej Bliziński
[My two stars refer to the way the book is written, not the opinions.]
I picked up the book to learn what is neoliberalism, and understand it in the current context. It worked to a limited extent. I missed a lot of required background for the book. The book didn't explain what NAFTA was, or other discussed trade agreements. The book looks suitable for someone who keeps up with the current affairs (or did so in the '90s), knows the jargon, and is interested in Noam Chomsky's take on them. It won't
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chomsky kısa ama geniş bir yelpazeden ABD ve İngiltere'nin ekonomik stratejik çıkarları için dünyada estirdikleri terörü neoliberalizm ile tanımlamış. Özgürlük, Demokrasi, Barış...vs'nin aslında ABD ve İngiltere'nin kendi ekonomik çıkar politikaları için kullandıkları boş safsatalardan öteye geçmeyen kavramlar. Chomsky, ayrıca kitapta İngiltere'nin Hindistan'ı ve ABD'ninde Latin ülkelerini, Brezilya,Arjantin,Kamboçya,Meksika..vs, nasıl sömürdüklerini özetleyerek anlatmış.Marshall planından tutun ...more
Nathan Black
It was okay. Can't say I'm crazy about Chomsky. I like his ideas and principals, but mostly I feel like I'm being yammered at by an old, loquacious professor.
The edition I read had quite a few typos too. It was slightly distracting and I got over it but reading typos just makes me feel like I overpaid. I remember eight, but there were more than that.
I do enjoy his non-partisan take on events and issues. He doesn't lean democratic or republican which is good because he gives a strong, object
Igor Alexeev
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noam Chomsky, 84, is doubtless one of the leading American thinkers in the field of political economy. “Profit over people” is a short, but insightful collection of essays, written during the last decade of the 20th century. The book offers a brilliant selection of historic examples. Every single statement is supported with powerful evidence. For example, in the chapter “Neoliberalism and the Global Order” he writes:
“The "principal architects" of the neoliberal "Washington consensus" are the mas
David Zukowski
Honestly torn between 2 and 3 stars, but I'll give Chomsky the benefit of the doubt. Content aside, this is an abysmal publication. It's riddled with errors (at least in my Kindle version) that are beyond simple optical scanner mistakes; I ultimately reported a minimum of 20 errors.

Like many of Chomsky's other books, this is more a loose compilation than anything. Certain sections flow very well, while others feel disjointed and lack any significant meaning. In such sections, Chomsky only gloss
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Giving a rating on a book that discusses political and economic systems is tough. Reading this book, as I expected, I generally agreed with the points made by Chomsky. As I have aged, I have become more and more opposed to these neoliberal trade policies that prioritize corporate management and shareholders over citizens and workers. Back when it happened, I did not understand the reasoning for the WTO protests in Seattle and G7 Summits in Genoa, but as history has played out, one can really see ...more
Chomsky's polemic largely mirrors what Robert Reich has been saying for three decades: corporatism is detrimental to democracy. Neoliberalism, with its claim that complete freedom of the market guarantees personal freedom, has become globally pervasive and the guiding principle in politics, economics and culture, encouraging individualism, private property rights and a strong sense of personal responsibility. It is principles such as these, though, which creates multi-national corporations ("too ...more
Aug 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed by this book by Chomsky. The introduction written by McChesney is not consistent with the entire rest of the book. McChesney goes off on classical liberal doctrine. Then Chomsky goes off on business-government collusion, but he can't seem to decide what he is against, and he ends up pointing fingers at everyone.

I also don't like paying money for a book only to find out it is simply a collection of articles that the author decided to compile and then use his name to make extry
Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: globalization
This is a pretty good read from Chomsky on globalization. He makes a distinction between free market ideology (which is what we push on developing countries) and what he calls really existing free market doctrine, which is free markets for you and subsidies and protectionism for me. It fits in with his entire approach of exposing the US contempt for the policies that it pushes on the rest of the world. It's a collection of previous magazine articles, but he did expand them a little, so it's wort ...more
Rob Danielson
Reading because it seems to be an academic outlook of the philosophy behind our current form of government and how capitalism and democracy are two different animals that cannot exist in the same space. Enlightening given our current goings-on with the election campaigns.
Greg Easley
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chomsky is my hero!!!
Jason Gibbons
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really fascinating perspective from an intelligent and well researched thinker with a radical name. Noam Chomsky. I will undoubtedly seek out more of Noam's work in the future.
Stephen Muskett
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a little dated now. But what it says about activists derailing a "fast-tracked" secret trade deal is particularly relevant to the problems the US is facing today in trying to "fast-track" a similar deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. '[What happened to the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) is] worth considering carefully as a lesson in what can be achieved by the “ultimate weapon” of popular organizing and activism, even under highly inauspicious circumstances... The Toron ...more
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