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5.0 out of 5 stars The Stench of the Inner Workings, March 23, 2001
This review is from: The Selling of "Free Trade": NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy (Hardcover)
After reading through the negative reviews below, I can't help but notice that they miss the point. This book is not an anti-globalization rant or a leftie-luddite treatise. What MacArthur has done is document the inner workings of an important "trade agreement," demonstrating that the triumph of the market is not an inevitable historical trend. Rather, the grand sweep of "globalization" is a project, a designed task, pushed through with real and purposive power. The job of pundits, CEOs, PR firms and politicians is to make the rank and file feel like the collapse of non-economic imperatives is the natural unfolding of history.
MacArthur's book documents the kinds of things that citizens should be aware of as they happen, not ten years later in a searing expose. We need to shine a searchlight on our government right now, to uncover the backroom deals and smarmy PR snow-jobs that presently constitute the real substance of American politics. MacArthur's book shows us what to look for.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2013 9:24:33 AM PST
Lee Maes says:
This review, and this reviewer, are on the more accurate side of history with this analysis-blurb. All human history, and a great deal of ecological history as well, is subject to change, re-interpretation, alternative assessment, and negotiation....very likely deep-seated conflict. In fact, so little is inevitable, we should all be aware and beware of assertions which claim "to know". Again, very little is really "known". That being said, when it comes to Free Trade and Nafta...distortion was the rule rather than the exception.
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