le 29 juin 2010
I think this book is very well documented and reads easily, it gets back to historical facts and tries to explain the rise of capitalism from about the 50th until today, what is intersesting is that it takes country by country examples of the introduction of "modern capitalism measures", from Chile to South Africa and many others. But although this is very interesting what I get and wish you to read is that this capitalism doctrine was drafted by a small clique of economists based on theoretical assumptions, the great job they did is to have a plan ready at all time and do not hesitate on the means to implement it. The major weakness I see is that beyond the discussion if capitalism is good or bad, is that a country just as any body needs to have balanced finance and equilibrate its budgets, to the risk of being endebted to a non-return point, thus I would say that all the measures that are presented are not necessarily in principle bad, but the idea of shocking the people and the economy/country is, a point that is clearly missing. Any how this is a very interesting book and it gives another view of capitalism and liberalism, thus it is a must read with the caveat that it is a political manifesto.
Ce livre tres bien documente est facile a lire et trace la montee du capitalisme moderne depuis les annees 50 jusqu'a aujourd'hui en passant du Chili a l'AFrique du Sud et bien d'autre. L'element le plus instructif est que tout cette theorie de marche est le fruit d'une petite clique d'economistes activistes qui avaient pour grande force d'avoir un plan et de ne pas hesiter malgre le cout (physique) a le faire mettre en oeuvre. Le principal point noir est que a mon avis et au-dela de la discussion si le capitalisme est bien ou mal est que le l'auteur ne met pas en evidence un fait simple que l'etat comme n'importe quel menage doit avoir un budget balance afin de ne pas s'endetter jusqu'a un point de non retour, donc il me semble que les mesures presentees comme tres negatives ne l'aurait pas forcement ete si elles n'avaient ete imposes suite a un choc (politique ou economique). A cote de ce defaut, ce livre est a lire (egalement en fancais) car il donne une vue un peu differente de ce qu'est le capitalisme/liberalisme et moyennant cet accommodement avec ce petit point noir il s'agit d'un manifeste politique tres interessant a lire et a posseder.
le 2 mai 2010
The way I know whether theories are true or not is by testing them against my perception of the world and what I was suspecting already. Having been in this world for quite a number of years I often use my life experience in order to test all kinds of theories. This book gave me a lot of the answers I was looking for, showed me that what I suspected had been happening in the world for many years is true. I can't imagine how some people can say that Naomi Klein's theories are all rubbish.... but well, if you don't want to see the world as it really is (and it is scary..... I will give you that much) then denying what has been going on is the best way to protect your beliefs. I had never been able to understand how life seems to have become one disaster after the other, how misery never seems to end, even in developed, more well off countries, how many countries only talk about deficit, about hard measures, recessions, but things never seem to get better and if they do it is only temporary because the next disaster always seems to be around the corner. Don't people see that? If they don't they don't live in the same world I do! And Naomi Klein is right, people can take their destiny in their own hands, the Greeks are doing that right now but most people are just too afraid, too busy, too asleep, too depressive and don't take justice in their own hands. Governments are not God, most of them are there because we put them there but we seem to have forgotten that! We put this people there and they should be accountable to us, instead they are able to do with our lives and our money exactly what they feel like. It is oppression everywhere although we are told that we live in the free world, everything gets worse, be it health care, education, crime.... we live in a surveillance society but even that doesn't help. We are squeezed to the bone for everything we earn but the economies never seems to get better... and no one questions what is going on? Weird.... and when one comes with an explanation which is probably for at least 98% correct we call it rubbish. Then again, you surely don't live in the same world I do, lucky you! Things seem to be changing in South America but will they continue to do? I have little hope. The world is full of people, maybe even too many but we can't do anything against a handful of people who want to make sure life is as miserable as possible. Shouldn't life be about living, about fulfillment, about working hard but building a good life for yourself and all around you? There is where Friedman got it completely wrong.... the life he envisioned for all of us is a life without hope, a life based on money and on markets but.... he forgot that we are human beings, we are not only market tools and slaves of his theories.
Many of this people seem to have ended up in prison but not the big fish, I'm afraid, those no one will ever touch and that will have to happen if things are to get better and Milton should have been the first one!
Maybe a solution would be to dismantle big powers like it has already happened with the Soviet Union. The EU and the USA should follow. Then countries should start thinking and living for themselves. If everybody works towards the best life possible for their people we will all be better off! And those who don't? Too bad.... if life gets tough maybe they will rethink their policies! And work towards a lower world population, that should be a priority and will solve many, many problems! But at the end of the day who am I? If what people want is the kind of society we live in, based on money and power let's go on living like that!
I didn't give this book five stars because I was amazed that Naomi Klein, who saw through many of the scams that have been going on for decades couldn't see through the Global Warming /Climate Change scam. But then I read that she writes for the Guardian... maybe that explains it, I don't know, or it is maybe that the book came out in 2008. It is more than clear to me that this Global Warming thing is nothing more than another shock doctrine designed to get our money and to beat us into submission. One would think that a journalist of her caliber would have understood this from the start? Well, hopefully in the meanwhile she has had the time to follow all the scandals and will update that part in a future edition.
Next I am going to read Dambisa Moyo's book about foreign aid because that is a subject which will help me understand the world better and why the world is in the state it is in!