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Globalization and the Demolition of Society Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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"[A]n intriguing look at corporatism and the philosophy behind it, ideal for social issues and political studies collections." - Midwest Book Review
"[A]n atypical book.. well-written and jargon-free; requires no prior understanding of sociological theories, methods, or statistics; and critical of the reigning worldwide political-economic system.. that an understanding of the system is a necessary condition if one is to participate in system change makes sense. Recommended." - Choice
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A clear understanding of what we face as a society needs to inform our decision-making processes on the societal level and on the individual level, now more than ever. Yet it is more difficult than ever to get an accurate picture, let alone a good analysis, of what's afoot from normally relied upon sources such as mainstream media and public officials. In this book I do something that most people don't try to do: convey in the most rigorous and sophisticated way possible what's going on, so that the issues and their complexities aren't oversimplified, but I illustrate these points with examples drawn from everyday life. That way what might appear disturbing, threatening, confusing, and/or frustrating can be made clear and people, no matter what their background, can relate to and act effectively upon what they now understand more deeply. As I state in the Introduction, when "it comes to society, deciphering what is going on and determining what to do about it are more difficult than simply saying: 'Here's what is happening and here's what we can do about it.' Barriers get in the way of both correctly understanding what is going on and taking action that will accomplish what you seek." That is why this book covers a lot of ground, including history and theory, because learning the lessons of history and being conscious about the particular theoretical lens we are employing is indispensable to the people actually governing ourselves. The stakes are exceedingly high and the time is short, but an opening is now apparent that appeared after I finished the book: Arab Spring and the grassroots popular eruptions worldwide that are known in the U.S. as the Occupy movement. These developments are enormously encouraging and are the kind of mass popular action that I point to in my book as the way forward.
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In summary, if you have any interest in what the government has been doing, social change or globalization, this book may open your eyes to what's really going on and reminds me of various authors that have been featured on programs such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report; shows which I think would be a great place for this book to be promoted.
As such, this book will be invaluable for the Occupy Wall Street movement and anyone else in detailing why not just officeholders but the system itself must change; for anyone trying to get a handle on the spectacular abuses of political, economic, and financial power of recent years; and for those who suffer in the midst of the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression and see only disdain from our political leadership in both parties. It's a mammoth undertaking, and Loo pulls it off with a highly readable style that means if there is a single book that one should read to understand our present dilemma, this is it.
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