Profit Over People

  • by Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by Brian Jones
  • 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why is the Atlantic slowly filling with crude petroleum, threatening a millions-of-years-old ecological balance? Why did traders at prominent banks take high-risk gambles with the money entrusted to them by hundreds of thousands of clients around the world, expanding and leveraging their investments to the point that failure led to a global financial crisis that left millions of people jobless and hundreds of cities economically devastated? Why would the world's most powerful military spend 10 years fighting an enemy that presents no direct threat to secure resources for corporations?
The culprit in all cases is neoliberal ideology - the belief in the supremacy of "free" markets to drive and govern human affairs. And in the years since the initial publication of Noam Chomsky's Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order, the bitter vines of neoliberalism have only twisted themselves further into the world economy, obliterating the public's voice in public affairs and substituting the bottom line in place of people's basic obligation to care for one another as ends in themselves. In Profit Over People, Chomsky reveals the roots of the present crisis, tracing the history of neoliberalism through an incisive analysis of free trade agreements of the 1990s, the World Trade Organization, and the International Monetary Fund - and describes the movements of resistance to the increasing interference by the private sector in global affairs.
In the years since the initial publication of Profit Over People, the stakes have only risen. Now more than ever, Profit Over People is one of the key texts explaining how the crisis facing us operates - and how, through Chomsky's analysis of resistance, we may find an escape from the closing net.


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Activism at its finest

This is only my second Chomski book. I first read 'understanding power' (which I found easier to follow and more interesting). The book is interesting and I'm pleased to have learnt more about global order and the indoctrination we all experience to social structure. I found the reader to be a little flat and uninspiring and also the language and flow of the book could be improved upon. I still recommend.
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- Jim

Depressing, important but unstructured

As a general Chomsky fan, his arguments are always important and well rounded. However, this book felt very unstructured and more like a long rant. He switched from one country to another making it difficult to follow his original message and it ends up being a jumble of disputes. I've definitely read better of his works.
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- Suswati

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-11-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios