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Stealth of Nations by Robert Neuwirth
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Dec 21, 2011

really liked it

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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