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There are actually many books residing in this one; the book is a feast for the mind and the spirit. The individual chapters could each form the core of a separate book by itself, presented in a highly concentrated, yet decidedly readable form in this edition. Each chapter builds towards the next but each chapter stands on its own and can be read by itself. (See Table of Contents right sidebar and also Excerpts from Globalization and the Demolition of Society tab above.)
Loo, as an editor has described it, "takes what might seem like scattered disturbing developments in politics and places them in the context of larger, identifiable trends in history." The evidence, analogies, and mode of discussion in this book bring concepts and theory alive. He uses and explains theory so well that it is as if the theory he is scrutinizing is an actual concrete object in his hand. He hones in on the essence of a phenomenon or concept and then artfully examines its various facets and connections to other processes and entities. In so doing, he manages to be both concise and uncommonly comprehensive. After reading this book you will not see the world in the same way. You will feel both provoked and more empowered. His willingness and ability to speak the truth is precious in these times of profound troubles.
As Loo states in his Introduction:
"We have to know what is real in all of its complexity and fluidity if we want to change reality. We have to use theoretical and conceptual tools that mirror reality well and that give us the ability to turn necessity into forms of freedom. Poor conceptual and theoretical tools blind us to what is actually going on. This book is thus not only about what is happening around us, about phenomena and the sources of those phenomena, but also about rejecting theoretical models that obscure our ability to grasp what is really happening."
The shortest possible way to describe this book's subject is that it is a robust critique of neoliberalism. Neoliberalism is sometimes referred to as free market fundamentalism. It is "liberalism" in the Adam Smith sense of the term of liberating or unleashing market forces as the panacea for all things.
Loo's central argument is that neoliberal policies by their very nature and logic relentlessly undermine security, thus fostering ever-grander disasters, on the micro and macro levels. Not only is this because some of these disasters are being deliberately triggered (as Naomi Klein has argued) but also because neoliberalism's nature leads inevitably to inadvertent disasters (such as the BP Gulf of Mexico catastrophe). As he writes in Chapter Three:
"The worst and most alarming news here, in other words, is not that 9/11 was an inside job, a grand conspiracy hatched within the highest US government echelons. It is instead that 9/11 and other disasters such as the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe are due to the normal and ordinary workings of capitalism, and specifically neoliberal policies. "
Loo points out that neoliberalism further creates the need for states to employ ever more mass deception and coercion - including the use of state terror- regardless of which political party is in power, as it systematically undermines the basis for people to voluntarily co-operate. (See especially Chapters Three and Four.)
Neoliberalism is the political expression of globalization.
HG Wells War of the World-- example of a nation becoming controlled by invaders.
Margaret Thatcher was a real fan of economist Friederic Hayek.
hayek is guru for neoliberals... and Libertarians.
What's wrong with individualism?
Freedom of choice-- poison that's chocolate flavored or vanilla flavored.
if you limit choices of people, then it is not really democratic choice.
Naomi Klein is partially right-- that disaster capitalism causes intentional disaster, but Loo says that neoliberals accidentally cause disasters as well.
Globalization likes instability.
Libertarian desire to go to free markets will never work because free markets will not stay free. They become by their very nature, unfree because the drive for profit leads to monopoly.
War on Terror (WOT) has led to a change in governance that has people treated as guilty.
Like minority report.
Both democratic and republican party both moving in this direction.
Obama has gone beyond Bush in wrong direction.
We're living in a post Magna Carta world-- rule of kings.
If WOT continues to be the guiding, dominant policy in this country-- depending upon terrorist incidents occuring or foiling them-- then anybody in many different tiers of government or corporate world, they can let terrorist events go...
David Addington said all we need is another bomb to go off to get rid of that "damned FISA court" which supervised phone tapping.
They need terrorist incidents to occur.
Where does it end up?
The one word answer is fascism.
What's the tie between the war on terror and Globalization?
Collapse of socialism and communism left capitalism as the undisputed economic system.
Something else needed to take their place so the military industrial complex could justify itself, so the rich could become richer and the rest of us could become more impoverished.
The top 500 some wealthy people
What's the alternative to globalization, capitalism and democracy that is not working.
economic system that's not based on profit-- that's called socialism.
Voting won't do it.
It has to be attacked progressively-- have to raise consciousness of people, instead of being told falsehoods and distortion
How do the people learn that they are not the people and how do they learn to BE the people.
We have to act consciously as a people to breech the limited choices. We want to say neither, The neither is not a third party candidate. The neither will not be achieved through the electoral process.
White Rose society called for resistance in leaflets-- were caught and decapitated.
One of them said "We were saying what people thought but weren't saying."
I. F. Stone quote:
You have fight. None of it is wasted.
Greg Popovich-- San Antonio Spurs
Taking a hammer to a big block of stone-- you hammer and hammer it and nothing seems to be happening, then suddenly, it cleaves.
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