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RECOMMENDED READING

The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy

By: Noreena Hertz

Publisher: HarperBusiness, 2003

Hertz argues that a combination of globalization and the growing power of corporations, mainly American and European, is leaving democratic governments impotent. In surrendering to the global capitalists, governments are themselves undermining democracy. However, "[s]tanding back while corporations take over, without being willing to set terms of engagement or retain the upper hand, leaves governments increasingly in danger of losing the support of the people . . . Remaining mute in the face of the Silent Takeover risks leaving us ultimately without either recourse or representation." Very thought-provoking, particularly in light on the recent takeover of government war responsibilities by corporations through no-bid contracts.

 

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