- Paperback: 430 pages
- Publisher: Pan Books (December 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330369431
- ISBN-13: 978-0330369435
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,229,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain
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About the Author
George Monbiot has been named by the Evening Standard as one of the twenty-five most influential people in Britain and by the Independent on Sunday as one of the forty international prophets of the twenty-first century. He is the author of the investigative travel books, Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man's Land. He writes a column for the Guardian and is Honorary Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Keele, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Environmental Science, University of East London.
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Top Customer Reviews
Economics & politics ("Ecopolinomics") are intertwined and inseparable, for humans are no different from other creatures in their quest to survive, even at the expense of their fellow creatures, whether inadvertently or wilfully. Which is why the understanding of economics & politics must be understood together, both historically and currently.
What these books show is very much related to the laissez-faire theory of the Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723 - 1790), which was the belief that if mankind were given the freedom to act out of self-interest (selfishness?) and pursue maximum personal gain, the consequences would be "most agreeable to the interests of the whole of society" (This is something of an irony, one could say)
The economist John Maynard Keynes (1883 - 1946) once said: "The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else".
I would recommend 'Dogs and Demons' for a similar look at a completely different political system, Japan's.